The Bright Future of Digital Referrals

Online transmission of patient information can save time, reduce confusion, eliminate errors, and greatly improve referral processes. A dentist has a professional and ethical obligation to refer patients to specialists for diagnosis and treatment when necessary.

The dentist used to use paper charts. He would sometimes make a note on a card and then copy an x-ray. This was before the internet.

Going Paperless

A paperless referral does not start with a scramble through the referral pads box looking for the right pad and a dash to the darkroom to copy the radiograph. It starts with a visit to the specialist's Web site; a smart interactive Web site.

 

Logging on as a referral dentist will automatically identify you and get all your basic information, including your address and phone number. You will be able to access an online appointment that shows open times for new patients. Instantly book an appointment for your patient. You can then fill out the referral information.

The first generation of digital referral slips was simply a replica of the paper form. Dentists still need to complete the information (patient name and practice information, as well as diagnosis, etc.). By hand, using a keyboard and mouse.

Powerful Data

Digital communication is very fast and very inexpensive. However, there is an even greater benefit that is so obvious it is often not appreciated and that is that digital communications allow us to transmit digital data. And it is now possible to turn virtually everything we do (photos, radiographs, pocket probings, and even impressions) into digital data.

Using a smart interactive referral system you will upload diagnostics like photos, x-rays, and probings. These will be available to the specialist before the patient arrives, they are the same quality as the originals (unlike a conventional copy of a model or a radiograph) and they can be enhanced with diagnostic software.