DCA implements new teledentistry capabilities to support local healthcare and emergency dental needs
Sarasota, FL – April 8, 2020
Since the launch of Dental Care Alliance’s teledentistry solution on March 21, DCA-supported doctors have helped more than 1,400 emergency dental patients with virtual consultations and communication. This timely, important service allows dentists to triage a patient’s unique concerns to determine if immediate emergency dental treatment is needed, while helping alleviate some overload in local hospitals and emergency rooms.
These virtual, teledentistry visits allow consultation in a secure environment for both the patient and the provider. Patient education campaigns are underway to communicate this important service to those in need.
With many area dentists opting to close their doors at this time and with the continuing pressure on our nation’s emergency rooms, DCA and its affiliated providers are doing everything possible to alleviate any possible burden on the healthcare system. DCA has partnered with local ERs and urgent care centers surrounding their affiliated practices to offer referral options for their patients presenting with dental emergencies.
“The numbers of patients opting for virtual consultations continues to grow rapidly,” shared Jerry Rhodes, Chief Executive Officer. “DCA is pleased to provide a solution for our affiliated doctors and their patients, while also doing our part to support front-line healthcare providers in this time of crisis.”
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Founded in 1991, DCA is one of the largest multi-branded dental support organizations in the U.S. with more than 320 affiliated practices in 20 states. DCA-affiliated practices provide patients with a wide range of dental services including general dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, and periodontics. DCA provides dentists with clinical autonomy, career satisfaction, and growth opportunities by reducing day-to-day administrative responsibilities so they can focus on providing the best clinical care to each patient.
Being a sole practitioner for 17 years with multiple locations in different cities was a wonderful opportunity and experience for me. I absolutely loved every minute of it. During those 17 years, I thought I had seen everything, and overcome pretty much every challenge imaginable, but who could have imagined COVID-19 and the economic struggles we are all facing in 2020?
Having DCA as a business partner during this unprecedented tragedy has provided a wealth of support, expertise and team work I could never have experienced as a sole practitioner. During this difficult time, DCA has shown tremendous support to staff, has leveraged powerful supply chain support, answered every call and offered the depth of experience only a seasoned DSO can offer.
Myself and my entire team deeply appreciate all DCA has done and continues to do as we all work to come out of this struggle together. It is a pleasure to work with the professionals at all levels of DCA and we note the sincere and genuine leadership. I am happy to have somewhere to turn for solutions I could not possibly offer on my own as a single proprietor.