You want your dental practice to thrive, you want it to be profitable, and you want to draw people to your practice for the skills that you have and the treatment you can offer your patients. What dentist doesn’t want that for their practice? But everyone has their limits. One thing or another might get in the way of running your practice in the most efficient ways possible, like working on a strict budget or running on a short staff. While you won’t always be able to work in the most ideal conditions, that doesn’t mean you can’t create an environment of less stress and higher profit.
Check out these strategies to streamline your operations and increase productivity within your dental practice!
The first thing you can do to help yourself and your staff be the most efficient team possible is to create an organized schedule. With a well-structured schedule, patients can be seen on time, which reduces wait time and stress for you and your patients.
You’ve probably heard the saying “time is money.” It’s especially true when it’s said in terms of a medical profession. Unfortunately, you can organize schedules and estimate procedure times down to the minute, but that doesn’t mean your patients are going to adhere to your schedule. This doesn’t mean schedules are obsolete, but it does mean you may have to put more procedures in place to adhere as closely as possible to your schedule.
Having a system in place for clerical staff to follow up with patients and give patients reminders of upcoming appointments can be extremely beneficial. If you haven’t already, it might be time to look into soliciting the help of an automated system or computer software to help you and your staff keep track of appointments and reminders. Patients are much less likely to forget when they can get a quick call, text, or email before their appointment. This can help your schedule stay organized and keeps your business profitable with fewer empty appointment slots.
On the topic of software, if you’re going to do the job, you’re going to need the tools of the trade. Sometimes that includes updating computer software and equipment. Not only is newer, modern technology and equipment attracting the business you’re seeking, but it’s also likely to attract the type of talented staff you want for your dental practice.
These days, maximizing efficiency and using time wisely almost always means taking advantage of what technology can offer. While new tech certainly is an investment, those new tools like digital X-ray machines, 3D imaging systems, and intraoral cameras aren’t likely to become bad investments for you.
Utilizing new tools available to you is a great way in maximizing efficiency in your dental practice, as it’s likely that new machines and technology will help to automate some tasks and reduce the need for manual labor on some others. This means you can save time and increase productivity by doing the things that are the most important to you and your patients.
It’s also likely that you may be able to offer your patients something you weren’t able to in the past, as our culture is leaning ever closer toward technology and learning how to make it work for us. Healthcare has also become much more competitive in recent years, and customers are not afraid to shop around to get the care they want – by using modern and up-to-date equipment, you’re more likely to gain patients searching for specific services.
Your staff members are the backbone of your business. While a dental office can’t run without a dentist, a dentist also can’t run a practice all alone. A dentist needs a team behind them, so it’s important to act accordingly. When you think of an investment, your mind may jump to technology or tools straight away, but don’t forget that staff members are also an investment.
By providing training and opportunities for professional development, it is possible to ensure that staff members are up-to-date with the latest techniques and procedures, which can improve the quality of care and increase efficiency. Investing in that new technology is wonderful, but only if your staff are knowledgeable about how it works.
With the proper education, not only will your team be more efficient, but there’s a great possibility for more profit increase as you and your team are recognized for high-quality care and a broader range of services provided to patients.
If you’re looking for more ideas on maximizing efficiency in your dental practice, Strategic Practice Solutions may be able to help. Strategic Practice Solutions strives to help busy dentists like you manage their practices in ways that help make them efficient and profitable. We offer custom solutions to fit the unique needs of each dental practice. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and see how Strategic Practice Solutions can offer you the best ways in maximizing efficiency in your dental practice.