Dental hygiene academic software made better with mobile technology

June 30th, 2014


For university dental clinics looking for ways to make it easier to treat patients, dental hygiene academic software can help achieve this goal. Not only can technology of this kind assist with monitoring a student's progress on the clinical side, it also prepares enrollees for board examinations upon completion of the program.

The health care sector is currently undergoing a technological revolution. At the forefront of these changes is the introduction of mobile tools into many practices. Smartphones and tablets have become so advanced that they've essentially become portable computers that can be taken anywhere. As mobile applications become more prevalent, many practitioners have started integrating these devices into their practices. However, despite the inherent advantages, adoption has been slow, according to the Financial Post.

Canada lags when it comes to using mobile technology in health care
The publication stated that many Canadians use mobile devices for shopping and banking purposes. But as it relates to health care, people in the country will still call a doctor to make an appointment, visit a pharmacy to get medicine with paper prescriptions or visit doctors for the most minor ailments.

All of these things become easier with health care technology that has an integrated mobile component. However, the publication stated that in Canada, there are organizational and cultural factors that haven't allowed people to embrace these advancements.

"Doctors tend to be quite conservative in terms of making changes, and rightly so, because there's a lot at risk," Ben Wilson, Intel's director of mobile health, told the Financial Post. "But this is a case where the culture of caution and taking your time to adopt new technologies has created a barrier to accessing the benefits of mobility. This can be an issue, particularly with older practitioners who may not use smartphones and tablets as widely as their younger colleagues."

Individuals who are already utilizing tablets and smartphones in their daily lives are keenly aware of how valuable they can be. It's likely that, from an efficiency standpoint, many practices are far behind their counterparts who have already integrated mobile into their practices.

What are the advantages of using mobile technology in a clinical setting?
Many university dental clinics that are using dental hygiene academic software already understand the potential for operational improvements.

Business Insider, citing an article originally published by The Guardian, listed 10 areas where mobile can help streamline any clinic.

The most important of these points is the ease in which data can be collected and shared. In health care, there can never be too much data. The more information at a practitioner's disposal, the better the patient care, which also makes the clinic more effective. Another key point is that mobile technology creates a more personalized experience for doctors and patients, making everyone involved in the treatment process more comfortable.

Another key fact to consider when planning to integrate mobile technology into a medical practice of any kind is the widespread growth of the devices themselves. The Guardian post, citing a study conducted by Milward Brown stated that 91 percent of users keep their devices readily accessible. Additionally, the survey revealed that mobile users, at minimum, spend 147 minutes per day on their smartphones and tablets. 

These data sets highlight how rapidly tablets and smartphones are being adopted and how often they're being used. Because of this, it makes sense for a health care practice to not fall behind the curve. 

These are just some of the advantages of using mobile technology in conjunction with dental hygiene academic software. If you would like to learn more, please sign up for our free webinar on July 10.

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