09. 07. 22
Dental practices have not escaped the rapid shift in consumer expectations toward digital engagement. Payment and communication options that are standard when ordering groceries or paying a wireless bill are now must-haves for today’s modern dental practice.
The upside for your office is that the same technology that can enhance the patient experience can also help streamline office workflows and give you and your staff more time to focus on other priorities, each day. Whether you’re struggling to find time to finish up lingering projects, taking a professional development course, or just eating lunch, automated solutions can help.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, people are quitting their jobs in record numbers. Across all industries, the U.S. is averaging over 4 million resignations every month. The healthcare sector lost 2.7 million workers through May 2022 at a devastating rate of about 2.7% per month.
The dental industry has been equally hard hit by the Great Resignation. A poll conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA) Policy Institute in March 2022 found that 26.5% of dental practice owners are recruiting administrative staff. This percentage is higher for larger practices — 35.3% of practices with two to nine dentists and 57% with 10 or more dentists are recruiting administrative staff. Nearly half of all dental practice owners are reporting that hiring administrative staff for their practice is “extremely challenging” in this current environment.
If you’re operating short-staffed and feeling overworked, finding more time in a day has never been more critical. Here are three ways technology can enhance office efficiency and help you reclaim control of your day.
Administrative costs are a continuing burden to the U.S. healthcare system. The Brookings Institution estimates that the healthcare industry spends up to one-third of its costs on administration. Billing and insurance processing is a significant portion of these costs.
Automated payments are one way to reduce the time you spend chasing down patient payments. Best practices for automated payment processing include:
And if you need another reason to embrace automated payment processing, patients also prefer it:
These survey results show that the dental industry is moving towards digital options as a primary source of payment.
If you’re still using paper forms and typing in patient information manually, you’re not as efficient as you could be. Digital registration forms can be a real timesaver.
Consider this streamlined workflow:
For a busy dental office manager struggling to keep up, digital registration forms are an easy win for your staff and patients.
How much time do your office staff spend on the phone — leaving messages, retrieving messages, or listening to a chatty patient’s weekend plans? Text communications are a reliable and efficient way to communicate with patients about:
You can also combine communication and payment solutions for additional time savings. By including a payment link to the text, you eliminate the need for paper statements and manual posting of payments. Because patients can access these online capabilities when it’s convenient for them, your office is essentially functioning 24/7.
Organizations that have adopted digital communication tools attest that their patients have responded positively. According to Daniela Borello, Patient Relations and Treatment Coordinator at Lerner & Lemongello Dentistry, their patients “have really loved the fact that we’ve put all these consent forms digitally and then can text back and forth with us.”
As a leader in patient technology solutions, we understand the friction points in your administrative processes that drain valuable time out of each day. We’ve designed our innovative work and cash flow platform, Practice Management Bridge®, with ease and efficiency in mind.
By modernizing and simplifying practice operations, our system saves your staff time while helping you achieve faster payments, higher revenues, and improved patient satisfaction. Contactless payments, text to pay, online payments, and card on file gives patients the payment options they want while eliminating the need for checks and paper statements. Other features include digital registration forms, custom text messages, automated payment posting, streamlined workflows, and creating an effortless user experience for both staff and patients.
We know that security and compliance are some of the top concerns in healthcare practices. With that in mind, our software uses standard web protocols with the highest level of security to safeguard your patients’ health and financial information, making sure you meet today’s standards of healthcare compliance requirements. We take care of compliance so you don’t have to.
To learn more, contact us today.