Dental school software improves academic, clinical communication

April 3rd, 2014


University administrators will be able to incorporate new trends in patient communication technology into their academic programs by utilizing dental school software.

With oral health becoming such an integral part of the primary care process, clinics across the nation can benefit from eliminating many of the barriers between patients and caregivers. In the past, these relationships were often fairly limited. Aside from brief consultations with dentists during routine checkups, most communication at oral health clinics was filtered through administrative assistants and other staff members. In fact, a recent article from Consumer Reports highlighted the fact that medical professionals used to deliberately distance themselves from patients by using industry jargon and complex scientific concepts to explain diagnoses and other information. This is mostly because doctors and dentists are used to communicating this way based on their extensive education and training.

However, these habits have made way for a greater focus on transparency when providing primary care to patients. Academic institutions can set themselves ahead of the curve by giving students valuable experience using advanced technology to share information between parties and help individuals develop a more vested interest in their own personal well-being.

Balancing communication with privacy
Universities may be the best places to train future oral health professionals in how to communicate with patients using 21st-century technology. According to Physicians Practice, there is a fine line between dentists extending a hand to the public and violating federal regulations in regard to the disclosure of confidential information. Simply offering patients the ability to access online portals won’t cut it. Advanced dental school software helps these institutions strike an effective balance when walking this delicate line.

For example, many schools suffer from communication gaps between students and professors. This often makes it harder for program enrollees to keep track of their progress toward graduation. In other cases, educators may not have the means to help their students improve academic performance. The right electronic software system will eliminate these disparities and create a more efficient workflow for all stakeholders. The same concepts can apply directly to the clinic environment. More direct communication channels between dentists and patients means the quality of care provided at these institutions will improve. 

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