Every industry, even healthcare, has embraced the concept of the importance of modern telehealth platforms. Whether it’s to stay connected with other professionals, converse with clients, set up appointments, share test results, scan documents, or enhance their own social media presence, healthcare professionals understand that this is the way of the future. Dentists are no exception to the new normal. Fortunately, there are a number of useful applications that already exist and are free to use.
Before exploring any new apps, the first thing is to make sure prospective clients can find you. Make it as easy as possible to appear in search results and make sure you are listed on the American Dental Association’s (ADA) find-a-dentist listing. This is essentially the Whitepages for dentists. In addition, it also helps to encourage existing clients to leave positive reviews on Google My Business (GMB). After a preliminary search for “dentists near me”, a potential client will have access to google reviews along with a star rating. Never underestimate the power of a high number of reviews or average stars. Sometimes that can be the deciding factor in an oversaturated market.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) ensures that patients’ privacy is protected. For this reason, healthcare professionals cannot use the same apps that regular civilians use if they want to share any private information. One messaging app that is HIPAA-compliant is called Rhinogram. Through this platform, doctors can send and receive sensitive information such as x-rays and photos, and patients and doctors can converse via a secure two-way network.
A lot of dental practices use before-and-after photos to showcase their abilities, and there are many free apps that can help filter and enhance photos to accentuate certain features. Google Photos provides unlimited cloud-based storage, in addition to photo editing tools and filters. From there, doctors can order posters or photo books to be displayed around their office, or post the digital versions for their social media marketing campaigns.
It might become standard to have digital signatures become more commonplace. Adobe products have always been at the forefront of document conversion. The latest Fill & Sign app does away with the time-consuming chore of converting a paper document into electronic, then back again. All users need to do is snap a photo of the document, fill it out and sign, then send it via email.
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