Top 5 things to consider when choosing dental software

dental softwareDentally is changing the way oral healthcare data is managed, making it easier for dentists to manage their practices and improve patient care with amazing dental software.

Which software to choose is often one of the most difficult decisions that practices make.

It’s all too easy to settle for what everyone else does, maintaining the status quo and playing it safe going with one of the traditional providers, but if you venture off into the frontier of dental software it turns out that dentistry has come on a long way and can improve your business greatly.

Here are the top five things to consider when picking dental software for the practice.

1. Cost vs value

If you go for bargain basement dental software you get bargain basement software. In our experience of migrating people from other providers what this equates to is software is unpleasant to use.

What we believe at Dentally is that dental software should be good value for money. This means providing beautiful, highly functional and highly secure software.

2. Involve all stake holders in the process

When looking into a new practice management system to run your practice on you need to involve all of the stake holders. What this means is that everyone from front of house staff through to part-time practitioners should be asked what problems they have.

Once you have surveyed all of these problems you should engage with a dental software provider and ask them how they can help solve these problems.

3. What do you want your software to bring to your practice?

You should look at dental software like a new employee. If it was a person, what challenges are you hiring them to solve? Are your staff overloaded corresponding with patients? Can you ‘hire’ dental software to alleviate some of that pressure?

4. Will you and your staff enjoy using this software?

At Dentally we think great value technology is a pleasure to use. For us this is a huge requirement because your staff will be working with this system all day. If the practice management software is cumbersome and there’s a lot of ‘friction’ to it’s use your practice team will want to spend as little time using it as possible. This likely means rushing through tasks or resorting to paper based methods.

To pick great software, ensure that the software is easy to use, all the workflows make sense and also make sure it is aesthetically pleasing. So much software tailored to dental practices features terrible design, you deserve better!

5. Will the software grow with your practice?

Your practice is going to grow and so is your team. How is your dental software going to grow with you?

A lot of other software providers are happy to sit on stagnant products that are built with old technologies. These systems do not meet the modern needs of a practice trying to cater to increasingly more fickle patients that will go wherever they can get the better patient experience.

Ensure you are picking a provider that is continually evolving their product making it better every week.


For more information on Dentally, please visit dentally.co.

One comment

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    I personally use spinnaker for my clinic, although be warned you must be computer literate to start using this program or you can have the guys who made the software set it up for a small fee. Spinnaker is an open source system for the uk i found guides from the system it was based on called Open Dental that helped a lot with setting up. Its very simple to use.

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