How Often Should Dental Offices Update Their Systems

Technology plays a significant role in operating a business efficiently because so much time is spent communicating through computers instead of face-to-face interactions. 

With this transition in communication methods, technologies have created new ways for businesses to operate for lower costs. So businesses opt-out of using phones and faxes because that would mean spending more money on phone lines and tons of paper.

However, technology is different for every business. Some businesses manage their expenses by using old-school methods like paper, pens, and phones or faxes. Other companies embrace the technology shift and use online incorporated platforms to run their businesses more efficiently.

One of the most well-known ways to improve efficiency in a dental office is through updating systems. Software updates can help fix bugs that may not have been identified on previous versions of software. 

In addition, by having update systems, there’s less chance of your system crashing down on you during an emergency. Updating also ensures that your system will easily work with newly released programs because developers allow compatibility and ease of access between systems and programs.

Here Are Two Options On How Often Your Dental Office Can Update Its Systems

  1. Once a Year:

By upgrading once per year would ensure that your computers are compatible with the latest updates from your practice management software, as well as any other programs that you use for patient care.

  1. Every Six Months:

By upgrading every six months would allow you to stay current with all of the newest updates and trends in technology, which could help with marketing your dental office. It would also allow you to adapt more easily to changes in technology that may be coming down the line (i.e., cloud-based systems or smaller devices such as iPads replacing workstations).

The above options are only a few of the many considerations that need to be made regarding how often your dental office will update its systems. The best choice for you and your practice will depend upon what you need out of the system and your available resources (time & money).

Here Are Some Methods That You Can Use When Updating Your Software

Install updates automatically

Suppose you want an update made to your system ASAP. In that case, automatic updates are great for this situation because all you need to do is click one button instead of searching through different options trying to figure out which update you need first. 

In addition, automatic updates allow programs that work with each other to update simultaneously, so you don’t have to worry about one program not working because it’s updating.

If you have high-speed internet, try using online updates

Online upgrades are becoming more popular as technology continues to improve and make lives easier. It saves time and money by saving you from making unnecessary trips out of the office or wasting money buying expensive disks that can easily get lost.

Try using cloud technology

Cloud services are fairly inexpensive and easy to use. This way, a dentist can access their contacts even if they are away from the office or if the computer breaks down without needing an update.