Tuesday, 16 April, 2024

31 Mar 2012 | eLABORATE

news > Spectrum > Page 14

Bottom line thinking

The benefits of "computerizing" your practice are well documented. Compared to a "paper and pen" solution, using software offers a huge range of benefits such as the ability to find previous patients at the click of a button, producing auditable patient records for your entire patient history in a matter of seconds or running weekly patient recall reports (to name but a few). However, one main concern over computerizing a practice remains - the cost of software and hardware purchases.

Fortunately the software industry has experienced a major innovation over the last few years with web-based systems becoming increasingly available in most professions. A good example is an accounting system called "xero.com" (pictured left) which provides a viable "pay-as-you-go" solution to installed software packages such as MYOB. "Pay as you go" software is sometimes also referred to as "Software as a Service" (SaaS). For Prosthetists, BaseDiary.com.au (pictured above right) has become available over the last few years offering the same advantages to the dental industry that all web-based systems offer compared to installed software.

The cost of purchasing software outright represents a large capital outlay for a small business and could severely impact on cash flow in the year of the purchase. Such an outlay may even delay the decision to purchase any software package to computerize a practice. By comparison using an "SaaS" solution distributes the license cost and other fees over many years, making the software purchase easily affordable for small businesses while allowing the practice owner to benefit from the advantages of a computerized practice.

A common concern of using "pay as you go" solutions is that the business will never own the software it uses. However, the reality of software maintenance is that software vendors need to update, fix and support their packages which requires them to pass on some of that cost to its customers in the form of support fees and software upgrade fees.

As a result, the cumulative cost of software purchases continues to affect cash flow even after the initial license cost is accounted for. In contrast, SaaS solutions turn IT cost into plannable expenses with no surprises.

Stream the latest dental videos...
SofaCON 2020: What does the future of Infection Control look like post-COVID-19?

Upcoming Events...

Apr 16 2024

Dentists Behaving 'Very' Badly


Apr 19 2024
Apr 19 2024

IDEM Singapore 2024

Singapore, SINGAPORE

Apr 23 2024
Apr 24 2024
May 01 2024
May 02 2024
May 09 2024
May 11 2024
May 14 2024
May 22 2024
May 24 2024
May 29 2024
May 30 2024
May 31 2024

Scottish Dental Show 2024


May 31 2024

Famdent Show Mumbai 2024

Mumbai, INDIA

Jun 01 2024
Jun 06 2024
Jun 09 2024
Jun 11 2024
Jun 22 2024
Jul 13 2024
Jul 16 2024
Jul 25 2024
Aug 23 2024
Aug 29 2024

Practical Endodontics Workshop


Sep 07 2024
Sep 14 2024
Sep 26 2024
Oct 03 2024
Oct 10 2024
Oct 17 2024

ADOHTA 2024 National Congress


Oct 24 2024
Nov 13 2024
Nov 29 2024
Mar 25 2025

IDS 2025

Cologne, GERMANY

May 08 2025