Straine-On-Success — IT Solutions Can Reshape a Practice

Published on December 29, 2014

IT Solutions Can Reshape a Practice

Every morning the team at Porter & Singley Family Dentistry gathers together for its morning huddle and discusses the day ahead.

In the past, the meeting would have involved paper-based schedules with handwritten notes. Now they review Dentrix schedules and patient information in real time on the big-screen TV in the staff lounge, making notes as needed. This is just one of the additions made when Drs. Steven Porter and Patrick Singley decided to expand the office and update its dental technology and computer systems.

Because they were running out of space in their Columbus, Mississippi, practice, which had been built in 2000, the doctors decided to gut, renovate and expand the existing office to meet the needs of the busy practice. The demolition opened up more than just walls—it also opened up the opportunity to install a reliable, high-speed network to support new, state-of-the-art dental technology. The doctors knew that properly integrated technology would have a positive impact on every aspect of their business. Knowing how important it would be to get the project right, they turned to Henry Schein’s TechCentral computer solutions and Henry Schein Dental’s team of technology experts.

Over a 10-day period, Porter & Singley Family Dentistry was transformed. TechCentral solution experts worked up to 18 hours a day to lay the groundwork for the technology, including running computer cables for the waiting area, nine operatories and the staff lounge. Amazingly, this was all accomplished while the practice maintained its regular business hours and scheduling timetable!

After construction was complete, the team installed 16 new computers and a dedicated server. The office also switched to digital radiography, adding a new DEXIS sensor to the existing ScanX. All images are now centrally stored, shared and backed up.

”Henry Schein TechCentral has been great,” notes Dr. Porter. “Of our entire remodel, the most seamless part was the computer installation.”

Porter & Singley was the first practice in a 60-mile radius to purchase the E4D Dentist for same-day crowns. The E4D system connects to the practice network via secure Wi-Fi from TechCentral, and is used wirelessly throughout the office. Patients can walk out with permanent crowns in the time it takes to watch a few TV shows or run errands.

With ceiling-mounted computer monitors in the operatories, patients can view digital X-rays, intraoral camera views, Guru Videos and even Netflix movies. “With the monitor in front of them, they can see what’s going on,” says Dr. Singley. “An educated patient is more accepting of treatment.”

By upgrading and networking all of the computers in the office, the staff is able to fully maximize the capabilities of Dentrix as well as other software, including Demandforce, an appointment reminder and confirmation program that uses text messaging and email.

“Our goal as a family practice is to set ourselves apart and change the concept of people hating dentist visits by making it more comfortable for them,” says Dr. Porter. “We already had some technology in place. But it wasn’t uniform or properly integrated. When we decided to remodel, we knew we wanted to standardize everything in the office and incorporate technology that would give our patients a much better treatment experience.”

Standardization is one of the key benefits to choosing TechCentral solutions over local providers. All Henry Schein IT professionals are trained using the best practices that TechCentral developed from thousands of network installations each year.

“All TechCentral installations are done using a proven recipe for success,” explains James Kinney, digital technology specialist. “If something comes up, the TechCentral support team can remotely log in, see what’s going on and in 90% of cases, locate and fix the problem over the phone without an on-site visit. We’re a one-stop IT resource.”

In addition, TechCentral services continually run in the background to protect the practice’s valuable patient and financial data from viruses, new Internet threats, unauthorized access, natural disasters and network issues. The practice team also turns to TechCentral computer support experts when they have questions or need help.

Service technician Warren Torrey has worked closely with the practice, maintaining and repairing equipment and troubleshooting other issues by consulting with support teams to deliver solutions. “For solving big problems,” recalls Dr. Porter, “we found we relied on Henry Schein Dental and DEXIS personnel to get it right, so why not let them do it all?”

Making such a leap into technology is a big decision, but Drs. Porter and Singley will attest to the contribution it has made to superior patient care, employee morale and their bottom line. “Any time an office functions better, I think morale is going to be better,” says Dr. Singley. “There’s a lot less wasted time and we are definitely more efficient. I think we all enjoy our jobs a lot more.”

Porter & Singley Family Dentistry has also seen a dramatic increase in the number of new patients it sees each month and says E4D Dentist, and the quick turnaround for crowns in particular, instantly made an impact. “We’re averaging from 70 to 100 new patients each month,” says Dr. Porter. “Word of mouth is our biggest way of getting new patients. Patients are coming in and enjoying their experience and referring our services to their family and friends.”

With Henry Schein technology experts and TechCentral solutions behind their practice, the team at Porter & Singley Family Dentistry not only remodeled their office space, they reshaped their business.

More than 7,000 practices rely on TechCentral for computer technology and support. A Henry Schein digital technology expert can visit your office, review your current technology and make hardware recommendations. Whether you are upgrading your current network or doing a major office remodel, a Henry Schein expert can help with business and computer technology solutions that fit your budget.

Originally published in Dentrix eNews. Used with permission of Henry Schein Practice Solutions.

Back to Posts »