Fostering a collaborative spirit with dental hygiene school software

October 16th, 2013

Dental hygiene school software can increase the efficiency of the student management process, but it is also capable of much more. With the right tools, universities can collaborate with other research institutions to share relevant findings and ultimately improve the existing knowledge base of critical oral health information.

Collaboration and teamwork among dental institutions has become more important than ever as the U.S. health care industry goes through a period of rapid change. Oral Health America, a nonprofit organization based in Chicago, recently hosted a conference at Western University in Pomona, Calif., to emphasize the importance of networking and sharing information when improving the dental care experience for patients.

"Center for Oral Health firmly believes that improving oral health can only be successfully addressed working collaboratively with many key stakeholders across sectors, including government, nonprofit and for-profit entities, identifying and negotiating around individual and organizational interests in pursuit of the public interest," Conrado Barzaga, executive director of the Center for Oral Health, said in a press release. His organization was one of many that participated in the conference on Sept. 27.

Dental software and active research groups
Beyond the need to work directly with stakeholders in the dentistry field, clinics and academic institutions can work together to enhance the quality of care their patients receive. Advanced software for dental hygiene schools, for instance, maximizes flexibility by making it easy faculty and students to participate in research groups. This strategy is also effective in making the educational curriculum more relevant to solving real-world challenges.

Dental academic institutions can use these research groups in a variety of ways. Organizations such as the Consortium for Oral Health Related Informatics are made up of universities and other industry leaders who all share the same software tools to deliver care, manage student performance and track clinical research. One of the main results of this ongoing collaboration, according to COHRI, is the creation of a standardized dental diagnostic terminology that leads to greater uniformity and organization in the broader dentistry field.

As technology in the health care industry continues to advance, dental hygiene school software can uniquely prepare academic institutions to take important leadership roles. By collaborating with other organizations, oral health professionals will be able to make significant strides in improving the overall quality and efficiency of care their current and future patients receive.

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