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Your 2021 Backup Audit

Posted March 24, 2021 by Beth

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It is that time of year again! World Backup Day is on Wednesday, March 31 this year. It is a great time to review your backup procedure and disaster recovery plan with a 2021 Backup Audit. The following questions are what you need to know your backup solution is on track for the coming year.

 

1) Is my practice creating a backup?

If you are not sure of the answer, you’ll want to find out as soon as possible. Backups are the only way to protect your practice from catastrophic data loss of all your patient charts and health information. To find out that your practice is not creating a backup of any kind should be a wake-up call to prioritize a new process. 

 

2) How is your backup created?

Practices can create backups in a variety of ways. One might manually run a backup using a software program at regular intervals. They might store those backups both on an external device and offsite to the cloud to create a reliable redundancy. Backups should always be encrypted, and you should also know the process for restoring a backup and test that the process and your backup files both work. 

 

Make a list of your answers to these questions so that you can review your current backup plan for any flaws:

  • Who is in charge of running the backups? 
  • What software program, if any, is running the backups? 
  • Where is it installed? 
  • When and how often do the backups run? 
  • Where does the backup go? 
  • Flash drive, external hard drive, network storage appliance, offsite to the cloud? 
  • Are the backups only on one device, or is there redundancy?
  • Is there a time in which data expires from the backup? 
  • If a file was deleted several months ago, would I be able to restore it from a backup? 
  • Are the backups encrypted? 
  • What is the process for restoring data from the backup?

 

What does the backup include?

Make a list of all your most important programs and where the resulting data is stored. Compare that list to what is included within each backup that you create. You may already back up your practice management database and patient x-rays but overlook data from your accounting software or email. Include anything that you would want to restore to a brand new computer in your backup. 

 

Does your backup work?

The only way to make sure that your backups are reliable is to conduct a periodic audit. An audit should check to see that the backup is complete of all of the data you need to include, that the backup is correct, that the backup file is not corrupt or too large for the external and cloud spaces in which it will be saved, and that your restore process is functional.

 

Could this process be more manageable?

With the help of a trusted solution like XLBackup, your backups are already sorted. From secure encrypted data transmission to an offsite location, daily monitoring to ensure your backups are running without error, annual audits of your backups to restoring your data in a disaster recovery situation, XLDent makes your backups our business. 

 

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New Year, New Dental Practice: Why new dental practices choose XLDent

Posted January 15, 2021 by Beth

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New dental practices are often hit with a range of decisions to make all at once. As a new dental practice owner, finding the right software for your practice right away can make a significant difference in your business’s success down the road. Similarly, there are substantial advantages to implementing a new software suite like XLDent as early on as possible in your practice’s launch to take advantage of our proven workflows and customizable features for newly established dental practices. 

 

Dentists and their staff should not need to be technology experts to run a successful dental practice. Certain software systems are often much better for new practices because of their usability design. More experienced software users might be more proficient with any given software product in your dental practice. Still, the good news is that even staff who are new to using software tools as part of their dental practice workflow improve at similar rates to experts when the software systems themselves are designed with new users in mind. Thus, good usability is a crucial metric to the success of all dental software implementations. Usability is also directly related to your entire practice’s overall user satisfaction with the software product. 

 

At XLDent, we’ve taken a particular interest in the experiences and needs of new dental practices. Starting a new practice is a huge undertaking, and probably one of your professional life’s most significant decisions. The content, integrity, and continuity of your electronic dental records will play a key role in your ability to grow efficiently and profitably, as well as maintain valuable patient relationships and patient engagement mechanisms. XLDent’s All-Inclusive Suite of products and services includes all the tools you will need to make this journey. XLDent is your long-term solution for equipping your dental office with a customizable, scalable, and robust Practice and Clinical Management software system.

 

When you choose XLDent as a new startup dental practice, you will receive our special package for new business owners. In addition to our tried and true methods for getting started with the software, the time with your Getting Started Coach will focus on planning, building, and launching your top priorities – and leave you with a strategic plan to accomplish what’s next. To learn more about implementing a new practice with XLDent, visit our New Startup Practice Guide

 

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Choosing Software for Your Dental Practice

Posted November 6, 2020 by Beth

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When it comes to selecting the software your dental practice will use for practice management, charting, or otherwise, dentists are often looking for just the right product to increase their practice’s efficiency, productivity, and revenue. This is no small task given the vast array of vendor options and features to select. We propose four key variables that can help you find out if a software is right for your practice: support, innovation, scalability, and integration. 

 

Support

Some software vendors offer little customer support or onboarding process for their products. Especially with your first software, a lot of time, money, and effort will go to setting up, installing, and learning to use the software. Your practice will need support to adapt quickly and realize the software’s productivity benefits as soon as possible. 

You’ll also need professional technical support on hand to make the most of your investment and avoid downtime.

 

Whether you have an existing practice or are starting a new practice, XLDent is here to guide you in managing or establishing a successful dental practice with our software. We not only understand the importance of the software selection process, but we also take pride in the experience and knowledge our XLDent Certified professionals will offer you during the process and long after you decide to move forward with the XLDent Suite of products.

 

The XLDent Software Assurance and Business Care Plan protects your investment. We are here to help long after your initial training is complete. Our knowledgeable and friendly Implementation Specialists genuinely care about your happiness and success with the XLDent Suite. We will consistently go the extra mile to answer your questions and help you reach your software implementation goals.

 

Innovation

A software product that does not evolve cannot grow with your practice. Not only does your vendor need to be able to invest in the growth of their company to keep up with regulations, but they also need to keep up with the challenges and opportunities created by new dental technologies.

 

XLDent is committed to innovation. We use current and updated development tools for the continual enhancement of the XLDent Software Suite. At XLDent, we dedicate ourselves to providing software features and solutions focused on our clients’ success, and we work with them to define those goals. We express that dedication in our commitment to the continual enhancement and redevelopment of the tools we create. We are continually re-evaluating the current development landscape with a strong emphasis on using proven, secure technologies and features to the advantage of the dental practices that partner with us. 

 

Scalability 

The needs of dental practices are continually evolving. So is technology. A software product that gets you started today may not serve your practice in the long run as you continue to grow. Before you adopt any technology, make sure that you understand how technology can adapt and scale to align with your future goals as a business. 

 

XLDent Cloud offers a scalable cloud solution that can meet your practice where you are now and scale with you as you grow. With XLDent, all of your clinical documents, charts, patient contact information, and other practice management data can be accessed at any time by any authorized user. XLDent Cloud allows you to work in a secure environment without complicated network connections to retrieve your data. 

 

Integration

The right software for your dental practice will integrate with as many of the tools and services you need for success as possible. Always look for software solutions that offer a complete suite, or at least integrate Real-Time Insurance Eligibility, Electronic Remittance Advice, Patient and Doctor Portals, Encrypted Email, and more. 

 

XLDent has already integrated the eSolutions you need to stay competitive and maximize the efficiency of your practice. By partnering with an elite group of market leaders in the healthcare industry, we can offer you a comprehensive, fully integrated Electronic Services solution. All eSolutions are seamlessly integrated with your XLDent Suite to improve workflow processes, accuracy, patient experiences, and patient outcomes. XLDent has it all: electronic prescribing, patient and doctor portals, appointment reminders, credit card processing, electronic statement processing, electronic claim processing and claim status, real-time eligibility and benefits verification, electronic remittance advice, dental claim attachments, custom websites, marketing, offsite backup storage, Practice Booster for coding strategies, HIPAA-compliant email, cloud-based phone system through Mango Voice, and more. 

 

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New Features and Improvements at XLDent

Posted October 22, 2020 by Beth

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Here at XLDent, we dedicate ourselves to providing software features and solutions focused on our clients’ success. We express that dedication in our commitment to the continual enhancement and redevelopment of the tools we create. As a company, we focus our time and attention on solutions in our clients’ best interests, and technology improvements are often a part of that. We are continually re-evaluating the current development landscape with a strong emphasis on using proven, secure technologies and features to the advantage of the dental practices that partner with us. 

 

We are continually assessing the user experience of each tool we create to maximize clinical efficiency, stay current with new technologies, and improve the overall experience. This past summer, XLDent launched a Feature Request Survey initiative to gather input on creating better tools to make the practices we partner with even more successful. These ideas from XLDent practices have now been reviewed, tracked, and prioritized for possible future development. We can’t wait to tell you more about planned features to our next version of XLDent. For now, we’d like to point out some of the technological improvements and features we’ve released in 2020.

 

XLDent Cloud

XLDent Cloud was released in early 2020 to provide a scalable solution to cloud technology. Our advancement combines our leading dental practice management software with the latest cloud data management technology. It takes all that XLDent practice management software offers and delivers it in the cloud so you and your team can work from anywhere. 

XLDent Cloud allows your practice to:

  • Use a cloud solution for single or multiple locations
  • Centralize data management
  • Streamline software updates, backups, and server needs
  • Integrate with a full suite of comprehensive eServices, such as Real-Time Insurance Eligibility, Electronic Remittance Advice, Patient and Doctor Portals, Encrypted Email, and more

 

XLDentIT

In April of 2020, XLDent launched our already popular service XLDentIT. From the beginning of its development, we envisioned managed IT services that would help your practice save money while improving the ability to focus on patient care. We also recognize that the budget is overextended for the average dental practice at the same time that dentists find themselves relying on technology more often. At this intersection is an opportunity to hire managed IT services like XLDentIT that pay for themselves. XLDentIT empowers you to keep your dental practice running smoothly with comprehensive remote monitoring and management. XLDentIT is an all-in-one solution that meets the IT needs of dental practices, including anti-virus, remote system monitoring, Windows OS patch and updates, installation, and IT support services.

 

XLCharge Updates

XLDent took significant care to upgrade the XLCharge credit card processing platform and terminal. Not only did we design our improvements to ensure this tool is using the latest security protocols for payment processing, but we also expanded the types of payments XLDent practices can accept. XLCharge now allows you to take even more payments, including contactless and web payments through XLPortal! XLCharge gives you the tools to expedite cash flow, reduce accounts receivable, minimize check-out time, and increase office efficiency in one solution powered by Global Payments Integrated, a healthcare-specific payment processing firm.

 

Internal Tools

Some of our proudest accomplishments in 2020 are those you may not even notice at all. Throughout the year, we’ve made significant improvements to internal development tools to track and prioritize enhancement requests. We were also quick to implement digital tools for the XLDent team that allowed for a seamless transition to remote work environments when we needed to do so for the Coronavirus pandemic. 

 

XLBackup

An impressive change still underway is our new platform for XLBackup. Existing backup service customers are now being migrated to this new system, while new customers are onboarded with the new solution already in place. This new platform was launched to improve client resolve time, uptime, and more responsive support.

 

 

Thank you!

This was a year of adaptation for a lot of us. We are proud to come through it with all of you! Thank you to each of our clients who inspired us to continue innovating our tools for your success. We also wish to thank each of our employees for their continued dedication to our practices, platforms, and products. We look forward to another successful quarter to end this year and continued prosperity in the new year. 

 

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How to Refer to XLDent

Posted September 24, 2020 by Beth

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With all the dental industry changes in 2020, this is a significant time to introduce other dentists to XLDent. We’ve created XLDent Referrals to make that process rewarding and easy. Here are five simple steps to referring to XLDent. 

 

Step 1: Follow the Rewards

Referring dentists to us should be rewarding. If you refer another practice to XLDent, we want to give you 15% off your annual subscription fees. XLDent Referrals is our new program that allows your practice to receive 15% off your yearly subscription fees each time a dentist you referred pays for a year of service in advance.

 

Step 2: Share the Resources

Fellow dentists are sure to want to know why you chose XLDent. We hope you’ll be able to share how our software has helped your practice in your own words. We also hope you’ll be able to say that our company has been a great partner to your practice and that you’ve noticed that we dedicate ourselves to your success. You can get more inspiration on why referrals matter and how to make them in our blog post Software Referrals for Dental Practices.

 

Of course, you’ll also want to mention that as an XLDent client, you can get them a discount! They’ll get 10% off their annual subscription fees when they pay for a year in advance.

 

Step 3: Show Them the Start

We’ve curated a lot of content on XLDent.com to help dentists learn more about how XLDent can breathe some fresh air into their workflow and help them make their practice as profitable as possible. While each practice we work with is unique, generally established practices are looking for a practice management system that can grow with them while new practices are looking to launch with a strategic plan and experts’ help. No matter where a practice is now, we can help guide them toward a successful dental practice on our Getting Started page at xldent.com/getting-started.

 

When the dentist you refer is ready to learn more, ask them to click the request a Live Demo at the top of any page on our website and specify your name in the “Best Time to Reach You” box.

 

Step 4: Claim a Referral 

To claim a dentist that you referred to XLDent, send your colleague’s contact information to referrals@xldent.com. We’ll be able to match up your referral through their demo request form. Thanks for referring to XLDent!

 

Step 5: Enjoy the Rewards

Your practice will earn 15% off your annual subscription fees once your colleague commits to one year of subscription and pays in full. They’ll also get 10% off their annual subscription fees when they pay for a year in advance. We look forward to working with you both for years to come. 

 

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