(PRWEB) July 06, 2013
The ebb and flow of work in the North American dental lab industry provides lab owners with an opportunity to fine-tune production and management. Dictated by patient habits, dental practice patterns and the insurance year, the pattern of work is fairly consistent for most labs. July and August tend to be quiet as patients head for the beach and dentists and dental labs use the time to take their holidays and prepare for the return to school in August/September and the busy months that follow.
The slow times and the busy times each offer an opportunity to evaluate the lab’s business health. When demand is at its peak the dental lab is challenged to accommodate the increased volume. For a dental lab considering growth, an evaluation of the November-December period can be used to predict where change must occur to prepare for an even higher case load. Indicators that the lab, with its current set-up won’t sustain the increased production growth are:
- Higher remake rate
- Decrease in quality
- Late cases
- Lost cases
- Increased Employee stress/workplace disputes
If these problems appear during the high demand period, the dental lab owner needs to evaluate current processes and plan in advance for the next level of growth. That takes us to the opportunity summer affords.
Reports are the key to understanding where the problems originate. Whether interpreted by the owner or a consultant, good reporting will help to identify bottlenecks. No matter what lab management system a lab uses, the system’s documentation, technical support, and experimentation with reports will help laboratory managers source the information needed to identify problems and affect change. Remakes high? With Evident, you can view them by product, by dentist, by fault, by type, and by dollars lost. Current problems tend to reveal themselves through current patterns – they just need to be examined in the light of day. Once a problem is identified, there are many ways to approach change. Ask a consultant, a friend, a lab group, lab staff, and don’t forget your lab management software company. Evident Lab management software is designed to facilitate the smooth operation of a lab. The tools you need may be right at your fingertips.
Once the decision is made to tackle an issue, it may take some time to implement new features or management techniques and to ensure affected staff members understand what the changes are and why they are important for them. Training, whether over the phone or onsite, can be the difference between getting it right the first time and struggling.
Evident software for dental lab management assists dental laboratories with:
- Organization and coordination of production resources
- Production tracking and reporting
- Quality control tracking
- Flexible comparative time period reporting
- Automated Reporting
- Digital submission from dentists
- Website traffic
- Marketing tools
- Easy and professional invoicing and statements
- Integration with technologies including email, fax, and texting
- Compliance assistance with DAMAS, ISO, FDA and MDT
Dental labs struggling to navigate high demand periods should contact Evident for an obligation free on-line demo. Evident dental laboratory management software has been servicing dental labs in North America for four years. In that time it has gained a reputation for making a real difference in dental labs organization and oversight.