Dental software is helpful in a variety of circumstances

April 29th, 2014


With dental school software, clinics more easily integrate patient and student records, rather than managing two different systems. When area schools are thinking about adding a dental hygiene or oral health school, they should consider using a program that organizes patient and student records to make operations run more smoothly and cut costs.

Consider dental school software when opening new institutions
Northeast Ohio Medical University is considering adding a dental school to its expanding list of programs, local news source Cleveland.com reported. The medical school will soon release results of a study that determines whether additional dentists are needed in the northeast Ohio area. Trustees of the hospital asked that a needs assessment be conducted before the decision to add a dental school was made.

In an interview with Cleveland.com, Sergio Garcia, chief of staff of the university, said the results indicated more oral health care facilities may be needed in northeast Ohio. According to Garcia, only five counties in the area meet the national average dentist population ratio. The other 21 counties do not. Garcia said if the organization does add a dental school, it would send students to underserved areas, following the model of their pharmacy and medical programs.

When medical schools are starting up new education departments, finding the right dental academic software solution can be vital. When organizations are just starting out, storing information can be difficult enough as it is. It's important to be able to store student and patient records in an organized manner. A user-friendly system can make all the difference when operations are still new, making sure that no important information gets misplaced and setting the standards for excellence that will follow.

Unique circumstances may require an integrated system
For areas where oral health tends to be poor, dental schools could be a great benefit to the community, both by providing jobs and by increasing oral health. In addition, dental school software can be beneficial for many different practices with varying needs, especially if the tasks they accomplish are somewhat outside the realm of what oral health practices typically accomplish. For instance, a dental practice in Cherokee Nation is traveling into schools to provide oral health care for students in the area. The oral health professionals apply sealants and fluoride for Cherokee students.

The program appears to be working. A survey from Indian Health Services cited by Indian Country Today found that 20.6 percent of Cherokee children between 1 and 5 have some amount of tooth decay, compared with 54 percent of the 8,500 children screen across 63 trial and Indian Health Services facilities. Cherokee children were also more likely to be undergoing treatment for tooth decay, compared to the 38 percent of other children whose tooth decay was untreated. 

In an interview with Indian Country Today, Dr. Mechelle Speed, a Cherokee Nation dentist, said that preventing cavities and improving oral care is an important part of overall health. She added that she was proud to provide this service for Cherokee Nation children.

When dental technicians are going offsite and working remotely, an organized dental enterprise software solution can help these individuals keep track of the all the student information they need to access. With cloud-based software, dentists may even be able to access this important information using a mobile device. Dental software could make it easier for oral health technicians to go on the road and provide care for Cherokee Nation children, as well as effectively store their information so dentists can follow up with additional care if needed.

In many different situations, dental enterprise software can increase efficiency and accuracy of operations.

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