Becoming a Paperless Dental Office

When speaking with an office administrator or dental office owner about being a paperless dental office, one of the first questions I ask is “What does being a paperless dental office mean for you?”. With this concept having been around for years, many dental offices in today’s day-and-age are becoming paperless from the get-go or making the switch as they see the numerous advantages such a solution provides.

But what does being a “paperless dental office” really mean?

paperless dental office is simply one in which the use of paper is eliminated, or greatly reduced, by converting existing information contained on paper into a digital format. In dentistry, this means being “chartless.” Essentially, while paper documents could still be used for some instances such as outside communication and information shared (incoming and outgoing), the majority of patient information including charts, images, and treatment plans are stored digitally.

Creating a Paperless Dental Office

“Going paperless is a process, not an event.”

Becoming a paperless dental office is not something that can be done overnight; it takes time to convert paper files, but with the right dental software provider such as ADSTRA, it will be easy to do. Additionally, setting targets and taking the steps necessary to reach each milestone is a way to keep the process on track and your expectations achievable.

Switching to digital charting, clinical notes, and emailing patients various type of documents from appointment reminders to bills, to claims and financial statements – are all changes that can be made when converting to a paperless dental office. However, to ensure the transition is smooth and that you are optimizing your dental software to best suit your new paperless dental office, make sure your dental software provider is supporting you with adequate training along the way, which is something ADSTRA excels at doing for their users.

In deciding to make the switch, take a moment to analyze your current business processes to determine what you are storing digitally and which processes you are still resorting to paper for.

Here is a list of the most common dental office processes:

  • Patient Information
  • Appointments
  • Bills & Payments
  • Payment Plans
  • Insurance Claims
  • Treatment Plans
  • Clinical Notes
  • Odontograms
  • Camera and X-ray Images
  • Patient Communication
  • Referrals to Specialists
  • Daily Reports
  • Patient Statements
  • Year-End Reports

For those paper-based processes, verify whether they can be completed through your current dental software. If your software does have any of these capabilities, arrange some training and take the first steps to become a paperless dental office.

If your software does not have the capabilities you are looking for, it may be time to make a switch to another software provider such as ADSTRA Dental Software which offers both an on-premise as well as a cloud-based solution that will meet and exceed your expectations for becoming a paperless dental office, as well as help take the stress out of this process.

With ADSTRA it is possible to send Email and SMS appointment confirmations and reminders to patients, convert documents that come in, store them electronically by patient, as well as do all of the dental office processes listed above, providing a convenient solution for your paperless dental office needs.

Being a paperless dental office is the way of the future. Several advantages come from implementing and converting to such a solution. With this, take the steps to become a paperless dental office by using ADSTRA in your practice!

Box the last of your charts and documents. Truly utilize your paperless dental office!

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Top Reasons for Converting to a Paperless Dental Software Solution

Many dental practices that are converting to a paperless dental software solution learn two things. One is that they will save money as they do not have to purchase and store paper charts, and two is that a paperless solution creates a better work flow for their dental practice, resulting in increased efficiency, case acceptances, and new patient generation.

While there are plenty of reasons to convert your dental practice to using a paperless dental software solution with ADSTRA Dental Software, below are the main advantages of switching to a paperless dental software solution.

Top Reasons for Converting to a Paperless Dental Software Solution

Appointments

ADSTRA Dental Software not only keeps track of all past appointments, as well as future appointments – but, it can also send email or SMS confirmation requests that automatically update the Appointments Screen when a patient confirms via email or text message.

Patient Forms

Free the time your front desk staff uses to enter patient information, medical conditions or consent forms that the patients filled out on paper – simply hand your patients a tablet with the forms preloaded on them. Once completed, ADSTRA Dental Software has a quick and simple way of allowing your staff to double check the information and to automatically update the patient file in the software.

Messaging

ADSTRA Dental Software also provides dental professionals with an easy and efficient means to communicate with each other throughout the office. You can create and type messages to broadcast to all users, or specific users one at a time, with the ability to custom define one-click responses for quick reply.

Documents

Do you want an easy way to store and retrieve documents pertaining to specific patients coming from elsewhere? ADSTRA Dental Software has your answer. Simply convert the document into a PDF (if it already isn’t one) and you can easily store, view, and organize patient documents for each patient.

Converting your dental practice to a paperless dental software solution is a process that has many benefits in the long run and definitely worth all the time and effort you will put towards it.

If this important process is well planned and all employees are trained on the new paperless dental software solution, the transition would be smooth and rewarding from very beginning.

Some offices are at times initially reluctant to make changes to their practice because of the fear that comes from potential hidden costs.

With ADSTRA Dental Software, there are NO hidden costs.

Not only is the initial training of your staff included in the monthly fees, but there is unlimited on-going training included as well.

Making the switch to a paperless dental software solution is something that will add benefit to your dental practice all around. Between increased patient case acceptance, generating new patients, better overall workflow, and the safety and security of storing your charts electronically – there is no reason why your dental office should not convert to a paperless dental software solution with ADSTRA Dental Software.

Contact an ADSTRA Dental Software Customer Care Specialist today to learn more on how your office can start the process of converting to a paperless dental software solution.

The Benefits of a Paperless Dental Software Solution with ADSTRA Clinical

ADSTRA Dental Software’s paperless dental software solution allows everyone in your dental practice to work efficiently and with ease.

ADSTRA Clinical allows you to keep track of vital patient information, streamline the treatment process, create notes and prescriptions, dental charts that allow you to establish the existing condition of your patients’ and easily track their progress over time, view patients’ images and financial activity, and much more, all without the need for paper.

dentist and parent in exam room looking at an ipad as the child lays in the chair

ADSTRA Clinical, provides at-a-glance information. The current patient’s name, photo, main information, and alerts are displayed in the center of the screen and the entire patient record is presented and organized in three main partitions:

  • Notes: Alerts & Notes, Forms, Tx Plan, Clinical Notes, Prescriptions, Email & SMS, Documents, Odontogram Text
  • Charts: Odontograms, Perio Exams, Perio Compares, Perio History, Appointments
  • Records: Treatment Log, Financial Activity, Predeterminations, Images, Lab Cases

The three partitions are independent of each other and can be resized by repositioning the two inner dividers, giving extreme flexibility to access relevant details – with more than 100 possible combinations for viewing information.

ADSTRA Clinical, is a fully integrated paperless dental software solution that provides dental offices with a high degree of standardization for clinical notes and treatment planning creation. By using predefined templates typing is minimized, making the process effortless. With this, all staff members (both current and new) will be on the same page when reviewing patient’s clinical records.

ADSTRA Clinical also allows creating fillable forms to be completed by patients on a tablet, which will be automatically imported into ADSTRA Clinical as a note once the provider has reviewed and approved them. The information from these forms can then be extracted via the Forms Templates screen and used for research purposes, as well to establish trends to determine how to better serve your patients. Additionally, the forms can be grouped, making it easier to assign them for completion.

ADSTRA takes pride in ensuring patient information is kept safe and secure and ADSTRA Clinical follows suit. Various features are password protected, and users are assigned roles. These roles grant users permission to complete only certain tasks or functions such as the creation of records by the access-based assistant, and the locking of records by the main provider. For confidentiality purposes, patient names can be hidden from the dashboard, and the only patient information visible is the one currently seated in the treatment room chair.

ADSTRA Clinical is an ideal solution to help your dental clinic flourish and become more effective.

Contact ADSTRA to get the assistance you need in making the switch to a paperless dental software solution, which will help your practice become more efficient!