The Technology Issue

When you hear the word "technology," does your heart race with excitement or do you want to run in the other direction as fast as you can? I tend to get excited about technology and I am constantly awed by its innovation and rapid advancement. We all rely on technology to varying degrees and I think we can all agree that it makes our lives easier and our practices more efficient and productive. On the other hand, it can be crippling when we experience technology malfunctions in the practice.

As a result, we have more technology as a backup for our regular technology and some analog solutions should we need them during a clinical procedure. It may seem unnecessary, but we all know that the show must go on.

They say you can’t live with or without technology and as someone that enjoys learning about new technology, it’s hard to keep up. Coincidentally, October is a great month to talk about tech; many new products are launched this time of year. Cellerant has announced their Best of Class Technology Awards, and with the end of the year approaching, it’s a strategic time to plan end-of-year purchases.

This month’s issue of Dental Economics spotlights technology. There are many ways to level up technology, including implementing AI, digitizing the patient experience, and introducing lasers into practice. Introducing any new tech begins with finding the right technology, determining if it will provide more benefit from your existing systems, and onboarding your team. All of these are crucial, as nobody wants their new technology to end up being underutilized or collecting dust in a closet.

One of my favorite ways to learn about new technology, products, and services is at our online events, DE Solutions Labs. These are fun, informal, interactive webinar-style events where industry experts share their expertise regarding various topics, including clinical, practice management, technology, products, and service-related topics.

They take place between two to four times per month, so follow Dental Economics on Instagram @dentaleconomicsofficial and sign up for our e-newsletter, DE Weekend, for announcements of upcoming events or visit DE Solutions Labs to catch past events.

I hope you're enjoying a beautiful autumn and having a strong start to your Q4. Perhaps we will introduce you to new technologies that pique your interest!

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