NEW FROM THE OMS GUARDIAN
INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY IN THE OMS OFFICE
Michael Stronczek, DDS, MS
Director and Chair, Risk Management Committee
As a surgeon, you likely have a favorite tool like the scalpel that fits your hand perfectly, or the drill that responds intuitively during each procedure. When you pick up these tools, you do so with confidence based on education and experience. Many of the new tools out there today are based on technology and are managed with keyboards and buttons. It is just as important that you handle these tools with the same confidence. I am referring specifically to Cone Beam Scanning and Electronic Medical Records (EMR). As the team leader, your staff will look to you to provide a natural flow and mastery of these tools as you integrate this technology into your clinical and business practice.
Adapting your practice to include EMR and Cone Beam Scanning is not an easy task. Technology changes rapidly and these changes ripple throughout the industry. Getting your staff to manage this new technology can initially be time consuming and frustrating, but patience and persistence can help you and your staff make the most of these tools while enhancing your core standards of care and safety. In the end, technology can make your practice better.
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