Now around three months into the pandemic, and the spread of COVID-19 has changed the world. Essential organizations, including dental practices like yours, have had to adapt as many of their services as possible to a remote setting.
Have you been successful in implementing teledentistry solutions so far?
Teledentistry is the remote alternative to in-person care, utilizing technology so that professionals can work with their patients remotely. It’s the process of equipping dental staff with the right technologies to support communication and collaboration in the effort to provide dental care for patients.
Teledentistry is particularly important right now because it allows you to maintain social distance without entirely ceasing the vital services your organization delivers.
As with any technology in the healthcare sector, a key consideration is being in compliance. Whereas telehealth was conventionally limited to providing care to those in rural facilities, the guidelines have been altered in light of COVID-19.
On March 16, 2020, telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries were expanded, and a day later, the HSS Office for Civil Rights announced that they will be relaxing their stance on HIPAA compliance related to teledentistry services (and telehealth as a whole).
Currently, any non-public facing remote communication product is considered compliant for telehealth purposes, so long as you’re still implementing reasonable safeguards to protect patient information.
There is a range of services and solutions available to both dental practices and dental patients that are hoping to incorporate technology into the process:
If you need expert assistance finding the right teledentistry solution for your practice, don’t hesitate to get in touch. NOVA Computer Solutions is here to help general dentistry practices like yours find the best teledentistry software for their needs.