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The Dental Office

Changes to your schedule to mitigate risk with proper ppe.

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I look at Covid-19 changing the dental industry as a whole. Even though bigger Dental Service Organizations known as DSO have taken over the small family practice industry by buying several practices with the help of hedge funds. I do not believe they can sustain with social distancing for the number of client they needed to meet to prove protiable. For examples, the number of patients they would need to see to survive and continue with the staffing that they currently have. its not possible with Covid-19 side effects.  This would not be safe of socially possibile. If investors are looking for similar returns as they were making previously they are going to need to cut overhead by a lot. Where I believe Covid-19 will help the dental and other medical professionals is by realizing you are happier, less stressed and able to run a safe and socially distanced practice with scheduling patients at a lesser scale. Where before we used to have to wait hours to see our doctors now we wont need to do that if everyone just schedules appointments to their required time. Most medical professionals will need to work longer hours and days to fill a demand if its available. Most practice have already started virtualization of their world but for that you need doctors with personality. Patient still need to connect and trust their doctor. For higher priced treatment how do you convince someone one virtually. These are the questions we are going to be dealing with and figuring it out.

What is the need are you focusing on?

I believe there is going be a huge need for training of medical professionals on how to run their business virtually. Prior to getting a patient in the door one at a time for procedures. All medical professionals will need to host virtual consults for that they will need to be trained on how to speak with the " consumer"/"patient" as much as I know no one in the medical field is ever trained on business management or sales. What I am suggesting is classes, coaching. training on how to run a virtual consult, how to sell your service, how to convince a patient that you run a business that is safe for them to come into.

What is the best example of business adaption you’ve seen in response to COVID-19?

My husband who is an oral surgeon who has multiple 3D printer started printing N95 mask to help our local community. He shared his idea over social media and was contacted by several people for his STL file so they could print their own N95 mask. https://www.lvoralsurgery.com/covid-19/

What is your profession?

I am currently a COO at Lehigh Valley Oral Surgery and Implant Center. My background in finance and banking.

Where are you located (country)?

bethlehem, PA

Where are you located (region)?

  • North America

Which industry do you work in?

  • Healthcare/Medical

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your submission? Are you participating in these efforts?

Not that I know of

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