Dental software repositions universities to provide more relevant care

December 18th, 2013

With the right dental school software, universities can make substantial improvements to the quality of education they are able to offer students on a regular basis. Recent changes in overall health care industry in the U.S. have led to an increased focus on the importance of delivering primary care to patients. Oral hygienists, dental assistants and dentists themselves must be fully aware of these trends by the time they graduate and enter the professional workforce. Access to a quality academic program can make all the difference in achieving long-term career goals.

Are schools doing enough to prepare students for future jobs?
Linda Miles, founder of the Speaking Consultant Network, wrote in the online industry publication DentistryIQ about the importance of maximizing the development of real-world experience throughout the educational process. She said dental assistants often get a bad rap in the professional world from those who perceive their programs don't go far enough to prepare people for the many challenges associated with caring for patients on a daily basis. While individuals have established successful careers by simply learning the trade on the job and avoiding formal schooling entirely, the availability of new technology means dental academic programs are often more effective to prepare graduates in more well-rounded ways.

"School is never out for clinical assistants, administrative staff, or hygienists," Miles explained. "Practices that have a two-hour per month in-office training program with each of four departments report the happiest and most well-trained employees in dentistry."

Dynamic dental school software makes it easy for administrators, faculty and staff to frequently update the existing course curriculum to reflect the most relevant issues facing the oral health care industry today. These tools can also integrate with electronic health records used in university-operated clinics that offer students the ability to gain real-world experience in an educational setting.

Schools focus on improving programs
Academic institutions across the country are devoting more resources to their dental program infrastructure than ever before. According to The Detroit News, a daily newspaper, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor recently presented a request to state legislators to help fund 75 percent of a $120 million renovation of the building that houses the School of Dentistry. The project would add an extra 50,000 square feet of space and feature what university officials identified as much-needed technological improvements. The building currently includes an active dental clinic that serves more than 130,000 patients from the local community every year.

Tools that make it easier to integrate clinical operations into the academic experience are more important than ever before. In the wake of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, health care providers across the U.S. are now responsible for meeting increasingly high standards for using technology to deliver reliable and high-quality primary care to patients. As a result, the educational experience is all the more important, as the learning curve immediately after graduation will likely be much easier to handle.

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