The number of Canadian dental offices using practice management software to chart cases is increasing, according to results from the Dental Industry Association of Canada (DIAC) 16th annual Future of Dentistry survey.
Almost 40% of survey respondents are currently using the clinical portion of their practice management software. This marks a steady increase from approximately 15% in 2000 and close to 30% in 2009.
The most recent survey results suggest that the numbers are likely to continue climbing. One-quarter (25%) of respondents indicated that they plan to implement the clinical portion of their practice management software in the future—primarily within the next 2 years.
Over 1000 practising dentists from across Canada participated in this year's DIAC survey.
These dentists were eligible for a random draw to win prizes and Dr. Julie Beninger of Englehart, Ontario, was the Grand Prize winner of a $1000 travel voucher.
The 10 consolation prize winners, who will each receive $100 travel vouchers, are: Dr. Bryan Lee of St. Thomas, Ontario; Dr. Michael Gillis of Halifax; Dr. John Cameron of Kitchener, Ontario; Dr. Brent Pillon of Harrow, Ontario; Dr. Douglas Lindley of Prince Rupert, British Columbia; Dr. Wilson Loveys of Corner Brook, Newfoundland; Dr. B. Dulat of Winnipeg; Dr. William Cryderman of Calgary; Dr. Lorraine Dupont of Rosemere, Quebec; and Dr. Elizabeth Toporowski of Regina.
Conducted by Eric P. Jones and Associates with the cooperation of JCDA, the Future of Dentistry survey is designed to help DIAC member companies tailor their product and service offerings to meet the needs of Canada's dentists.