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The Dentist’s Role in Preventing Opioid Abuse

Posted August 3, 2016 by Jennifer G

It’s no secret that opioid abuse is soaring in America. In fact, a recent NBC Nightly News report put dentists back in the hot seat. If you haven’t seen, “Hooked: How Opioid Abuse Starts at the Dentist for Many Americans”, watch it here. This report identifies dentists as the gateway to addiction for young people who lack prior experience with opioid prescriptions. Just a few months earlier, the JAMA identified that tooth extractions “may represent an important area of excessive opioid prescribing in the United States”. With this significant amount of attention directed towards dentists, let’s look at a few of the ways providers can make a difference using e-prescribing technology.

Patient Safety

e-PrescribeE-prescribing technology gives the prescriber tools to make safer prescription choices for patients. With e-prescribing, a list of all previously prescribed medications is available in a patient’s electronic chart. As dentists are often limited to knowing only what they have prescribed or what is self-reported, this information is critical to choosing the right prescription for your patient. Drug interaction warnings will appear automatically and include details about the interaction and how to advise patients.

Patient Education

Providers bear the responsibility to educate their patients about their prescriptions. E-prescribing makes it simple to access drug information and review it with your patient. For example, XLDent’s Electronic Prescribing embeds Lexicomp’s Online for Dentistry product for dental specific resources. Take it a step further and provide your patients with drug disposal information for unused medications.

Protect Prescriber Integrity

Dentists who handwrite or print prescriptions put themselves at risk. When the patient has the prescription in their hand, the provider loses control of what happens between the dental practice and the pharmacy. This problem is nonexistent with the use of electronic prescriptions. The possibility of patient intervention is completely removed.

In addition to these 3 ways e-prescribing can impact your practice, Doctors are recognizing increased efficiency and patient convenience. With more states looking to legislation to combat opioid abuse, those using e-prescribing technology are demonstrating a commitment to curb the problem.

Visit our website for more information about XLDent’s e-prescribing technology*.

*XLDent’s e-Prescription service works with all Dental Practice Management systems. XLDent Practice Management Software is not required.

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Practice Marketing: Measure Your Results

Posted July 12, 2016 by Danielle H

With so manPractice Marketingy marketing opportunities available to dental practices, it’s important to know which campaigns are effective. Many practices fail to follow through on this key component of marketing: Tracking Patient Referrals!

If you’re not sure what to track or how to measure success, read on for some great tips to get you started.

What to Measure

New Patients by Referral Source vs. Total New Patients

Compare the number of new patients that came from a specific referral source or marketing campaign to the total number of new patients over a given time frame. This information helps you determine what percentage of your new patients came to the office from each referral source.

Cost Per Patient Acquisition

To determine the cost per patient acquisition use this formula: Ad Cost/# New Patients. Compare the Cost Per Patient Acquisition of each marketing campaign to see where you get the greatest ROI.

Production Value by Referral Source

Examine each Referral Source or Marketing Campaign and determine the total production value you’ve generated. This comparison provides the greatest value when the report is run over longer periods of time (6-12 months or longer). In doing so, you will gain insight into whether or not patients visited your practice more than once. If your campaign offered a discounted rate for the patient’s first visit, use this information to determine if your strategy paid off.

Ready to get started? Here’s How…

Step 1:

Create a list of the most common ways patients are referred to your practice. Include things like paid advertising campaigns, referring providers, website, google ads and insurance listings.

Step 2:

Add each of these referral sources to XLDent or your dental software.

Step 3:

Ask every new patient who they were referred by or where they heard about your practice. Enter this into the referral tracking area of your software. Create a script to help team members use consistent language and make sure that everyone has an understanding of the referral sources that pertain to your practice.

Step 4:

Establish an office policy for generating reports. Determine what information will be gathered and how you will measure your results.

Step 5:

Use this information to make marketing decisions that generate the greatest ROI.

Want to learn more about how XLDent Dental Management Software tracks referral information? Get in touch with us today!

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6 Must-Have Features for Your Dental Website

Posted July 6, 2016 by Danielle H

Dental Website, XLDent, Dental SoftwareWhat does your website say about your dental practice? While personal recommendations and glowing five-star reviews are certainly convincing, your website’s content and design can also motivate new patients to schedule their first appointment. Like a warm and friendly reception area, a helpful and professional site can create a positive first impression and help new patients feel at ease.

 

1. Hours of Operation

Few things are more frustrating than a business website missing its hours of operation. Don’t forget to include office hours on your contact page to help patients decide if your practice will fit into their busy schedule. Go the extra mile and include holiday closures for an added level of convenience.

2.  High-Quality Staff Photos

Potential patients want to see photos of you and your team, not generic stock images. Professional photos provide a personal touch and build trust. They are also a stellar way to show off your beautiful office and high-tech equipment!

3.  Modern Website Design

A website straight out of the 90s gives patients the impression that your practice is old-fashioned and outdated. As a representation of your business as a whole, make a splash with a slick logo, graphics and overall layout. Make sure to update your site to responsive design to accommodate viewers browsing on their smartphones and tablets.

4.  Video

Add a video to your homepage to help viewers get to know your practice. Tell patients who you are, why you love dentistry, and help them see why your practice is a good fit for their lifestyle. Include things like footage of your office, technology, patients and YOU! Here are two dental websites with great welcome videos that will inspire: http://kevinpottsdentist.com/ and http://www.macdentalcare.com/.

5.  Patient Education

Don’t skimp on content! In addition to helping your practice show up well in Google searches, well-written content about your office and the dental industry will lead to patient connections. Regular blog and social media posts are a great way to keep patients up-to-date and establish your business in the community. Alternate between fun and educational messages for ultimate engagement.

6.  Patient Reviews and Testimonials

New patients expect to find reviews for your practice when searching online. Featuring reviews and testimonials on your website helps to build your total online reputation. Not sure how to get started? Using a program like Lighthouse 360, you can automatically request feedback from patients following their appointment. Then, add the reviews widget to your website to prominently display your patient reviews. So easy!

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6 Ways to Attract Patients with Social Media

Posted June 15, 2016 by Dawn

Social Media Marketing, XLDent Dental SoftwareLooking to expand your flock of social media followers? While many dental practices are active on Facebook, Twitter and other platforms, attracting patients via social media takes creativity, devotion and patience.

Gaining traction isn’t easy, but social media marketing done right can bolster your community presence and forge lasting connections with your patients. Here are six quick tips to help you rake in the favorites and likes.

  • Variety is the Spice of Life.

Keep things fresh with a compelling mix of text, photo and video. From educational blog posts and promotional YouTube videos to company news and photo galleries of staff outings, stay well-rounded with a combination of fun and serious content. Running out of ideas? Not every post has to be explicitly work-related. Share milestones like staff birthdays, anniversaries and special achievements.

  • Stay Consistent and Active.

No one wants to follow a social media account that never posts. Schedule high-quality content several times a week to keep your practice on the minds of your patients. Plan in advance to prevent last-minute scrambling and keep your camera at the ready for anything photo-worthy. Be sure to respond to customer reviews and answer their questions!

  • Everyone Loves the Holidays.

Holiday celebrations are a goldmine for social media love. Halloween costumes, Christmas decorations and Fourth of July Festivities offer great photo opportunities and blog post topics. Plan a graphic to honor and remember for Memorial Day, Veterans Day and September 11.

  • Hit Every Social Media Channel.

Don’t miss out on any demographic of your target market. Cross-promote social media posts to capture the moms on Facebook and the teens on Instagram. Sound time-consuming? Use a tool like Hootsuite to publish and schedule across multiple platforms with a single click.

  • Giveaways and Promotions.

Who doesn’t like free stuff? Generate some buzz by having your followers like, comment and share your post to be entered to win free tickets to a ball game or a gift card to a trendy restaurant. All the activity on your page will promote your practice and entice new patients.

  • Pay for Awareness.

Boosting Facebook posts and paying for ads on Twitter and Instagram can be a cost-effective way to tap into new markets and connect with new patients. Consider boosting your most compelling posts to grow your audience and turn social media followers into regular patients.

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Building Patient Relationships with Email Marketing

Posted June 7, 2016 by Danielle H

Email Marketing, XLDent Dental Software, Lighthouse 360 EmailsBuilding patient relationships, and I mean good, solid, trusting relationships, isn’t always as easy as you may think. You often get just a few minutes a couple times a year to actually talk with patients, making it challenging to build that connection that is so desired. And that connection is what is often needed to get a yes to that much needed crown or to keep them coming back for those routine recare visits.

Take a look at these three ways email marketing can reduce your practice’s attrition rate and increase your base of loyal patients.

  • Personalize your messages. Craft your emails so that they build on the personality of your practice. Your patients will keep coming back to your practice because they like you (and your team)!

Consider a great concert your dental hygienist recently attended. I bet your patients would love to see a picture from it! Share milestones like staff birthdays, anniversaries, and special achievements too.

Pro tip: Incorporate humor. Showing your lighter side will keep your reader engaged and wanting more.

  • Promote Your Practice. Use your emails to tell your patients about what’s going on in your office. If you’ve recently invested in new technology, share some information on the benefits your patients will see. Don’t forget to include any product promotions you’re offering. When it comes to elective treatments, like Whitening, educate the reader about what you have to offer and why it’s best for the patient.
  • Email Appointment Reminders give your patients a reason to connect with you electronically. With the ability to confirm their appointment by email, patients will be able to interact with your practice when it’s convenient for them. In addition, readers will be familiar with your branding and more engaged in other messages you send out.

With a multitude of scheduling and automated options, sending personalized emails to your patients is an easy and effective way to market your business. XLDent teams up with Lighthouse 360 give clients a robust email marketing and patient communication system that will help nourish patient relationships for generations.

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