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The All-Important Clinical Module of Your Dental Practice Management Software

By Planet DDS
August 24, 2020

Your dental practice production relies on scheduled, billable treatment. Pace is also a factor. That’s why it’s essential that the clinical module of your dental practice management software doesn’t slow you down.

You might be experiencing pacing issues as a result of your chosen software platform. It’s common for outdated, desktop stations throughout your operatories to bog you and your team down.

More reason to make the switch

Upgrading to a cloud-based software platform will produce a noticeable change in how you post, manage, and interact with essential clinical data. The built-in features are worth the investment especially since your renewed pace could easily translate into more production.

An all-in-one cloud software platform covers all your daily systems:

  • Clinical
  • Operations
  • Patient-facing tasks
  • Reporting and KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators)
  • Revenue cycle management

And a cloud-based system is typically robust enough to handle not only a solo, private dental practice but also group practices and expanding DSO networks.

Let’s explore the clinical module of a cloud-based dental practice management software platform

Again, dentistry revolves around the diagnosis, treatment, and routine follow-up care of your patients. That makes the clinical module of your platform all the more vital.

A single patient record

Every patient is unique. Their health and treatment histories are a record of their general and oral health journey.

The amount of data can appear overwhelming with every patient of record. Add that to the occasion when a patient migrates to your practice from another provider. Though their patient file typically travels with them duplication can occur by default when you rely on a legacy desktop system for patient data management.

A cloud-based platform allows you to view a patient’s entire history of care even if you weren’t the sole provider…minus the duplication. The single patient record is useful for you and your practice via a few key applications.

  • Referrals to and from a general dentistry provider and/or a specialist
  • On-the-go, remote access (via internet connection) to complete patient records

Accelerated chair side input

The less friction between the treatment you provide your patient and the data you must input…the better! A drift in focus caused by data entry in the moment can produce production delays and more.

Reduced friction means…

  • Anticipating next steps in treatment protocols
  • Context-specific tools and menus for data related tasks

A cloud-based platform keeps the data you need and the data you need to input available when you need it.

Standardize your systems

It’s likely that you repeat many tasks within the clinical setting. The entry of related patient information can be tedious…unless you can standardize your processes across every operatory.

Cloud-based software allows you to create macros. These repeated tasks can be imported into a template of sorts for streamlining clinical inputs:

  • Treatment planning
  • Progress notes
  • Drop-down menus for improved functionality with routine tasks
  • Customizable clinical information management you can tailor to your team and workflows

Easy, efficient charting

Charting is a necessary…but routinely frustrating task. Readability and thoroughness is preferred by most dental professionals.

A cloud-based platform that’s effective will balance those preferences and provide you a bit more capability.

  • Voice-activated perio-charting that gives you hands-free ability to annotate pocket depths, etc
  • Context-driven menus and toolbars that anticipate your next point of patient data entry
  • Accurate coding and insurance calculations that reduce filing errors and more

Remember…the clinical module of cloud-based practice management software is another tool that helps assure a quality patient experience

Your software platform serves you while it serves your patients. And your clinical functions help maintain vital patient connections that result in more production.

That’s more reason to un-tether yourself from a  traditional, server-based system.

Consider a cloud-based solution and improve your overall practice efficiency and clinical data management

You might find the cloud solution like Denticon to be a more seamless and low maintenance platform to keep up with the rising demands of dental patient care…including your clinical processes.

  • Monthly subscription rate is predictable
  • Data hosted in the cloud is remotely and securely accessible
  • Savings compared with a “legacy” system can total an average of 40%

It makes sense to look below the surface and see the massive potential of upgrading to a cloud-based dental practice management solution with a more advanced clinical module.

Thinking about or ready to update your dental practice management software? Contact us or request a demo of the Denticon platform…before you decide!