Dentists have come to appreciate that the time is right create a practice that is more efficient, costs less to run, and allows for decentralisation of the reception area. Paperless dentistry is more than just moving your hard copy files to a computer. It's about being able to access patient information anywhere you need it and at any time. It's about taking anything you would find in your paper files or forms, and making them available to those who need it when they need it.

Patients easily notice the difference between the paperless Practice and other Practices. The ability to store literally everything within the software provides a clean, clutter-free atmosphere. The lack of masses of filing cabinets show patients you are well organised and advanced. The moment a patient communicates with your Practice, you feel confident that you have all the information you need - Medical History Forms completed remotely, x-rays and photos in gallery, treatment plans, signed consents. Everything is clear and legible in the patient record.

Reality check

It’s important to understand that as much as we would prefer our practice management software programs can handle all of the paperless tasks, many fall short. Many clinicians are using third-party workarounds that provide the missing functionality in practice management programs, like subscribing to a separate patient portal, or subscription to a all-industry web forms account, and even the familiar dental record template stored in a word document and pasted into patient notes. Just like other sections of dentistry, we have to work with what we can get! The days of instant paperless dentistry are upon us, and easily accessible.

Our goal as a dentist is to be surrounded by a happy team, enjoying dentistry with our patients, and going home fully charged to enjoy the rest of our day with family and friends. Are cloud based systems that offer paperless workflows the missing link to what we've been needing?

Patients are used to paperless and contactless when shopping

Patients are used to the modern shopping experience, whether it's internet shopping or in-store. They are used to having hairdressers appointments confirmed by email, or text message. Patients already get payment receipts from almost everywhere where they shop. They can also sign consent forms, and complete personal information and profiles on their phones. Practices may ask why has this simple paperless adoption has been so slow in dentistry?

Your Future as a paperless Practice

Going paperless isn’t like ripping off a band-aid. It means a change in your systems and operations. However, there is no denying that the world is moving to a paperless existence which has been cemented with the SOPs in dentistry during the Covid-19 pandemic. Eventually there will be a tipping point where Practices still using only paper medical forms at reception will seem antiquated. There has never been a better time to change your practice for the better.

Remember the paperless effect

  • Paperless leads to clutterless.
  • Clutterless leads to less stress.
  • Less stress leads to happier Practice.
  • A happier Practice leads to a happier dentist.
  • A happier dentist leads to a happier and safer patient.

Our goal as a dentist is to be surrounded by a happy team, enjoying dentistry with our patients, and going home fully charged to enjoy the rest of our day with family and friends. Are cloud based systems that offer paperless workflows the missing link to what we've been needing?