Let’s face it, dental instruments, chairs, sensors, equipment and software can be a huge expense. Especially if you are starting out as a new dentist building your practice from scratch!
If you are just starting out, you will most likely experience limited incoming cash flow for a few months. Between building up a patient base, credentialing, submitting insurance claims and collecting patient money, it can get a little overwhelming. But that doesn’t mean that your dream of owning your own dental office is out of reach!
The solution a lot of smart dentists have created is to share office space, or even a practice with another dentist. I have seen specialties combine forces to lease or buy an office many times, and they assign new patients on a rotation or a referral basis. For example, a pedodontist and a general dentist can share space and refer patients to one another.
If the dental office has a separate set of patients and you are simply going halfsies on the bills, perhaps it’s time to consider sharing dental practice management software too. There are two different scenarios on how you can lay out your system to make this work to your benefit with DentiMax Practice Management software.
Scenario 1: Buy one dental software (cloud or server based) and share a database
What this means is that all of the patients between the two dentists are in the same patient list in the software. In DentiMax, you can tag each patient with not only what facility the patient belongs to, but which provider and hygienist they should be defaulted to. You can also set up a separate or combined view of the schedule for each provider –which is especially handy if you have a centralized scheduler. You can run reports by facility or provider too, and have the information all in one place.
The benefits of the software being a complete solution for both dentists are:
1. Dentists can share the staff or they can fill in for each other when someone is taking lunch or is on vacation.
2. The software costs could be shared.
3. Only one network is needed –if server-based.
4. Each of your team members can help each other use the system to its top potential.
Scenario 2: Buy one dental software (cloud or server based) and have separate databases
Based on security settings, you could log in to each database separately. It would keep the patients’ schedule and reports totally separate, while still giving you all the perks of sharing costs and accessibility!
With a flexible dental software system you have a number of ways to buddy up with other dentists and share the load of expenses, patient acquisition and networking. And of course, with DentiMax, you can share the software solution and structure your data in a way that makes sense for you and your team.
Call us today at (844) 849-4331 to explore your options!