As a dentist, you need to focus on keeping your patients healthy. You do not have time to become an expert in your IT infrastructure to get your exercise going smoothly. What you need is a competent partner that can eliminate IT pain from dentists and give you the freedom to do what you do best.
It is important to use the right technique to protect patient records. If you do not use the latest version of hardware and software, you may lose valuable data or expose your patients’ protected health information (PHI), which can result in financial penalties for heavy fines and lost revenue. Just because something is up-to-date does not mean that it is correct or most suitable. Many dental offices use incorrect or incomplete techniques.
Now is the time for technical analysis
Learn how to identify potential liability or weakness in your system? How do you know when to upgrade? The following are three things a dentist should consider:
Hardware Failure Risk – Any equipment with a large number of components needs maintenance. Workstations and server hard drives have many components that make them the most likely point of failure. When you use obsolete hardware, you may lose all your practice data, including patient and financial records.
Software Security Risks – Data breaches may expose patient records and threaten your behavioral reputation. Maintaining security updates is crucial because the longer your operating system is on the market, the more time hackers have to figure out how to exploit vulnerabilities.
In addition, the manufacturer will stop support. When this happens, your valuable data can be vulnerable to security breaches. You need to upgrade any unsupported software to continue protecting yourself, your practice, and PHI. Postponing is risky.
Trusted IT Partner – While you may be proficient in technology, your true expertise comes from the dental services you provide. You need partners to provide expert support for the business hardware and software your practice depends on. Henry Schein TechCentral has been working with dental and healthcare networks of all sizes for more than 20 years.
Henry Schein TechCentral’s technical experts can help identify the weaknesses in your business so that you have access to the right devices for your current and future needs. TechCentral provides an unobtrusive network assessment to help you understand your unique needs with a comprehensive assessment of networks, servers, routers, and switches; backup and recovery systems; security threat protection; and clinical business computers and wireless / Wi-Fi security.