Times are changing and you as a dentist need to adapt to these very important changes.
By 2014 it is mandated that all dental/medical records are to be converted to digital format. This date was extended. Check with your local state or federal authorities for updated dates.
Return on Investment
Cost to create and store 5000 paper charts:
Yearly labor costs to maintain 5000 paper charts:
Initial Savings Using paperless:
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A lot of my clients have been asking me about these new surprisingly affordable 64 bit computers. Can they work in your dental/medical office?
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This article was written years ago when 64 bit machines first came on to the scene. Most software manufactures have caught up to the new trend and it is highly encouraged that you upgrade your computers to 64 bit where necessary.
Stick with 32 bit computers. While the prices of a 64 bit computer may be alluring avoid making the mistake of buying one
Most computer programs made for our industry are not written to take advantage of the 64 bit archeticture so they may just flat out not work or run poorly, or be incompatible with most systems and software.
Dentrix versions prior to G4 will not run reliably on a 64 bit computer. There have been reported errors of dentrix chart and the dentrix ledger not opening. Dentrix did address this issue with some updates to the G4 version.