Townie® Poll

Do you work in a ‘High Tech” office?

Poll conducted from 2/23/2005 To 3/21/2005

Do you work in a ‘High Tech” office?
356 total votes
52%
Yes
48%
No
For equipment purchases in your office do hygienists:
284 total votes
38%
Participate in discussions prior to purchases
6%
Research information at dental meetings
36%
Suggest specific products for purchase
4%
Buy their own equipment
15%
Have no input in office purchases
Do you use a voice activated probing system?
284 total votes
7%
Yes
84%
No
9%
Considering a system now
How do you inform the doctor your patient is ready for an exam?
283 total votes
7%
Walkie-Talkie
25%
Light system
3%
E-mail messaging
29%
Tap on the shoulder of the dentist or assistant
36%
Other
How much time is spent using a power scaler?
284 total votes
37%
Less than 50% of instrumentation time
31%
50% of instrumentation time
20%
75% of instrumentation time
11%
90% of instrumentation time
1%
100% of instrumentation time
Are lasers used in your office?
280 total votes
14%
By the doctor only
11%
We use it for both hygiene and operative
0%
Only in the hygiene department
19%
Not yet, but we’re considering it
55%
We do not use lasers and aren’t considering it
Are you using digital radiography?
283 total votes
36%
Yes
46%
No
17%
Considering it
My experience with Digital Radiography is I have:
265 total votes
9%
Never used it, not interested
47%
Never used it, but would like to try it
10%
We have it and I’m still learning to use it
34%
We have and it’s wonderful
Is your office paperless?
280 total votes
18%
Yes, completely paperless
61%
We use computers for appointments but still have charts
18%
We have computers just for the business office
3%
No computers in the office
Do you have Internet access?
282 total votes
21%
Yes, the entire office has wireless connection
17%
Yes, each operatory is wired, plus front office
37%
The doctor and the front office have it
11%
The doctor has it in his/her private office
15%
No Internet access in the office
Does your office have intraoral cameras?
281 total votes
36%
Yes, in each operatory
28%
Yes, just in some operatories
7%
Yes, we have them but don’t use them
2%
Yes, we have them but they don’t work
27%
No intraoral cameras in the office
Does your office use a digital camera?
280 total votes
24%
Yes, only the doctor uses it
24%
Yes, both the doctor and hygienist use it
1%
Yes, only the hygienist uses it
4%
Yes, only the dental assistant uses it
9%
We have a digital camera, but no one uses it
39%
No digital camera in the office
Does your office use computerized anesthesia?
283 total votes
8%
Yes
92%
No
If you could add one piece of new technology to your hygiene practice it would be a:
277 total votes
15%
Digital radiography
13%
Other
4%
Walkie-talkie communication system
24%
Computer charting
3%
Internet connection
6%
Intraoral camera
5%
Computerized anesthesia
6%
Laser
5%
Power scaler
20%
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