Advantages of mobile technology in dentistry

June 26th, 2014

As a whole, advancements in technology have improved many industries around the world, including health care. Dental academic software has streamlined clinical operations, making college and university dental clinics more efficient which allows them to provide a much higher level of patient care.

However, there is a new advancement on the horizon, one that many people have already begun rapidly adopting on an individual basis: mobile technology. When used in a health care setting, these tools are extremely valuable.

"With the advent of mobile phones really becoming health care platforms, you can have insight into your own information," Dr. Daniel Kraft, founder of Singularity University's Exponential Medicine conference, told 3 News, a publication based in New Zealand. "Most Western societies – including New Zealand – spend most of our dollars on [care of the sick]… the opportunity with new technology is to shift that equation to prevention."

Mobi Health News cited a study conducted by BCC Research that found the global market for mobile technology in the health care sector is expected to experience a compound annual growth rate of 54.9 percent over the next four years. By 2018, the market will reach a valuation of $21.5 billion.

This demonstrates the value practitioners place when it comes to utilizing devices such as smartphones and tablets into their practices. These devices would be especially valuable for universities that have also integrated dental academic software into their practices.

How mobile can reshape dentistry
Prevention is one of the primary points of emphasis within the dental sector. Gum disease is one of the most prevalent oral health issues, with millions of affected people worldwide. When it comes to delivering an improved level of patient care, mobile technology can show people exactly how serious their oral health problems are and the steps they can take post-treatment to make sure they maintain healthy teeth and gums, according to Becker's Hospital Review.

After many dental procedures, patients are prescribed drugs designed to help manage pain and prevent infection. However, abuse is a real concern for many practitioners because often, people don't realize the severe implications for giving themselves a higher dosage than what was originally prescribed to them. This is especially true when it comes to pain medication. However, by leveraging mobile technology, patients can quickly and easily access information regarding the dangers of overdosing and why it's important to only take the amount prescribed.

Another advantage of using mobile technology, especially in the dental sector has to do with data collection. Practitioners all over the world are working hard to improve the overall oral health of the population. As many schools focus on evidence-based dentistry, mobile tools can track current trends that can also be shared with other practitioners and agencies.

Additionally, mobile platforms can be used to make it easier for patients to gain access to important health records and other critical information.

"Mobile technology can take health information where it is stored, and possibly inaccessible, and make it more accessible to patients," Robert Oscar, CEO of RxEOB, a company that makes software that can be used by pharmacists, told Becker's Hospital Review. " In a more transferrable format, health information can improve efficiency of the patient and physician interaction by informing both about past therapies and conditions."

Making patient information easily accessible helps improve the overall patient care experience and makes dental academic software much more valuable. These are just some of the ways that mobile technology is revolutionizing the health care sector as a whole, as well as university dental programs.

For more information on how mobile technology can help reshape your dental practice, be sure to sign up for our upcoming webinar on July 10.

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