(PRWEB) June 06, 2014
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 for next year. 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
- Increase in overtime resulting in higher costs and less profit
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.
During the low demand times, like the summer period, dental lab owners and managers have a chance to reflect and improve the business processes. Many labs seek help from a dental laboratory business consultant to help them zone in on problem areas and to get ideas for ways to improve. Dental laboratory owners and managers tend to think their problems are unique but it turns out most are in good company and consultants and dental lab software designers have already tackled issues across a wide range of dental labs of all sizes and specialties.
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 and areas for improvement. Evident documentation, technical support, and 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. Problems tend to reveal themselves through patterns – they just need to be examined in a clear way. Once a problem is identified, the lab owner now has the information at his/her disposal to improve the production process. Evident dental 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 and the business. 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, personalized on-line demo. Evident dental laboratory management software has been servicing dental labs in North America for five years. In that time it has gained a reputation for making a real difference in dental labs organization and oversight and having the best customer support in the industry.
Think the dental lab is too small to benefit from the Evident dental lab system? Evident provides organization and automation for single tech labs and in house labs with the Evident Lite product. At only $39 a month, it quickly pays for itself in the time it will save the lab owner. For an online demo or to answer any questions, call 877 909 7770 Ext 1 or email us at sales(at)evidentlabs(dot)com.