Academic programs must remain competitive in high-tech health industry

January 8th, 2014

Investing in advanced dental school software is one way for academic institutions to easily meet the many challenges they expect to face in the near future as the health care industry becomes more high-tech and competitive.

Universities have more at stake from recent developments in medical technology than many administrators may think. In fact, most of these educational organizations pride themselves on the ability to simultaneously operate active clinics targeted toward patients in the local community – in addition to providing students with a valuable education in the classroom. However, what these institutions may not realize is the fact that their clinics run the risk of losing patients to nearby competitors as technology makes it easier for smaller practices to deliver high-quality care.

According to a recent article published in Becker's Hospital Review, academic medical centers and dental clinics must be willing to take full advantage of new innovations to continue operating successfully. Still, the growing attention toward cost cutting has led many universities to hold off on comprehensive technological investments until the true economic value of such decisions is fully understood. As a result, these organizations may ultimately lose their competitive edge in the local market.

"Community-based providers are gaining the size and strength to drive market dynamics and negotiate on equal or better footing with payers," the article stated. "Competitors are also gaining new competencies, keeping and caring for more patients themselves. This has begun to impact AMCs' referral streams and their ability to maintain market share."

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Dental academic software is one such investment that can offer universities strong returns on investments in both the long and short term. Because these tools are certified as meaningful use electronic health record systems, schools can boost the efficiency of their multiple operations by cutting down on the use of paper and expanding the flexibility of data.

Such technology can also improve ongoing clinical initiatives. The ADEAGies Foundation, which is a philanthropic division of the American Dental Education Association, recently recognized the Columbia University of School of Dental Medicine with a William J. Gies award for its Community DentCare program that serves nearby residents with affordable and routine dental procedures.

Maintaining competitive prices is an important issue for university-run oral health clinics. By utilizing advanced dental school software, administrators and professors can easily find new ways to eliminate inefficiencies and ultimately run more streamlined operations. 

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