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Buying Dental Practice Management Software? Here are Top Security Questions to Ask

Are you planning to purchase a dental practice management software to oversee the day-to-day operations of your practice? With the high number of vendors available out there, it can be a difficult decision to choose the best software that ensures the success of your practice.

Therefore, you need to do sufficient background checks and select the right dental management software for your use.

Here are four key questions you should ask the dental management software vendors and avoid making mistakes during your purchase.

1. Which features do the software come with?

The extent of features in a dental practice management software will determine the efficiency and productivity of your dental practice. Therefore, you need to know the features that the software offers and how to integrate them into your practice effortlessly.

Some of the features include appointment scheduling, treatment plans, patients’ records storage and reporting, and contact databases. Furthermore, the dental management software should be flexible and easy to use. If you go for a software that comes with unnecessary complexities, it may impair the productivity of your practice.

2. Does the software offer security and data protection?

Topics: Cloud Software Dental Practice Management Dental Software Practice Success HIPAA Data Security Dental Patients cloud based dental software Startup Costs for Dentists Practice Efficiency New Practice

3 Key Password Management Policies To Safeguard Your Dental Practice Data

The dental industry is rapidly adopting new technologies to optimize operations, increase efficiencies, and enhance outputs. Notably, with the emergence of computers, most dentists have abandoned the traditional methods, such as storing records on paper,  and adopted practice management software to run their businesses.

Topics: Dental Practice Management HIPAA Data Security cloud based dental software New Practice

Are you Safeguarding Your Dental Practice Data?

Data breaches are costly to dental practices. According to a study sponsored by IBM Security and conducted by Ponemon Institute, data breaches cost the healthcare industry $380 per compromised record.

Topics: HIPAA Data Security Patient Retention Patient Loyalty

Beware Fake Cloud Dental Software – Draw the Impostors Out!

Have you seen a fake iPhone? Imitation iPhones look real until you use it and find its function is nowhere near a real iPhone. 

Why bring this up? Over the years, many legacy dental practice management vendors have started hosting their existing antiquated software using legacy products like Citrix, and tricking customers that they are receiving a "cloud solution". Like the fake iPhone, these antiquated cloud-hosted practice management systems fall short in user experience and accessibility compared to true cloud based systems.

Topics: Cloud Software Dental Practice Management Dental Software HIPAA Data Security Cloud Dental Software

How tab32 Ensures Practice Security and HIPAA Compliance

Do you know the level of security of your cloud-based dental software? Are their servers internal or do they use a vendor with additional security measures? Are they audited regularly by outside agencies to ensure the highest level of security? Are they SOC 2 certified? Do you even know? 

The bottom line is that you're trusting them with your sensitive, HIPAA-protected data and you need to know. And it's okay to ask and be picky about the answers you get. At tab32, your security is paramount and we're happy to answer any questions you have about your data's security.

Topics: Cloud Software Dental Practice Management Practice Success HIPAA Data Security Cloud Dental Software

How Cloud EHR Protects Your Patients and Your Practice

In our last few posts, we've talked a bit about cloud security and the benefits of cloud-based dental software. We chose the cloud for our dental practice management software for a number of reasons, from saving money to convenience, cybersecurity to patient retention, the cloud makes running your new dental practice easier.

Let's talk about how utilizing cloud-based EHR protects your patients and your practice.

Topics: Cloud Software Dental Practice Management Practice Success HIPAA Data Security Cloud Dental Software

Dental Practice Basics: Backup is Important, but Cloud is Better

It seems like when you're starting out in a new dental practice, there are millions of things to know, do, and keep track of. Protecting your data should be a high priority for your practice right at the start. Recent current events should show that a secure data system and a reliable backup system is paramount to the success of your business.

60% of SMBs that lose their data will shut down within six months. ( Source)
Topics: Dental Practice Management Dental Software HIPAA Data Security Cloud Dental Software cloud based dental software

Dentist has data held for ransom – A shocking story you won’t believe

 In an article recently published by the California Dental Association http://www.cda.org/ they tell the shocking story of a California Dentist who gets a call from her IT guy telling her that her office server has been hacked and all her patient data has been locked. The only way to get it back is to pay a ransom to the hackers! This new crime uses what is now being called “ransomware”. The hackers break into your system and lock all your important files. Your data and your practice is held hostage until you pay a ransom. Some versions of this story are even more dramatic where the hackers only give you 72 hours to pay or all your data will be erased. The typical ransom can be up to $500. Authorities don’t seem to have any power to you help recover your data. The only advice given is to not pay the ransom.  But then what?!

Topics: Cloud Software Dental Software Data Security

This common 1.5 Million dollar risk you may be taking with your practice will shock you!

When we speak to dental practice owners about their patient records, they usually say the same thing, we are secured and HIPAA compliant. After a short conversation we usually find the same common holes in their system. It seems many practices have the same mentality when it comes to data back up and security. Most of the time this works…until it doesn’t. For those unfortunate few this can lead to a fine of up to $1.5 million. Few practices can survive that. Because most practices are in jeopardy there is a security in knowing you’re at risk but you’re not alone. In aviation this is known as the ‘big sky’ defense. This is the term some pilots use to calm nerves about mid-air collisions when flying in airspace that is not monitored by air traffic control. The thought is that it’s a big sky so it’s unlikely someone will hit us. That’s not exactly the most comforting thought when you’re 20,000 ft up. Luckily for us most commercial traffic is closely monitored and multiple systems are in place to protect us when we fly.

Topics: Cloud Software HIPAA Data Security