How can dental software enhance new facilities?

November 6th, 2013


Dental academic software tools can function as a valuable supplement for universities that expand their facilities into new locations. As more people decide to pursue careers in oral health care, dental school programs have become more competitive than ever before. A changing industry landscape has also resulted in a greater need for change at the academic level to better prepare students for handling new technologies and meeting unique challenges. As a result, many academic institutions are making concerted efforts to update their buildings and operations with new, state-of-the-art technology.

GraduatePrograms.com, an online publication that ranks various university programs across the U.S. according to surveys from current students and graduates, recently released the results of its latest report on the best dental universities. An article posted on the online oral health care industry publishing network DentistryIQ said the website makes its rankings according to responses to questions about 15 separate categories. Of the highest ranked universities, nearly all of them posted an especially strong rating for their ability to incorporate advanced technology into existing operations.

Other institutions across the nation are taking significant strides in updating their existing facilities. According to Long Island Newsday, an online news resource based in Long Island, N.Y., local research institution Stony Brook University recently celebrated the opening of a new dental care center that adds 35 additional operating spaces and new equipment. Students at the university's School of Dental Medicine will be able to gain hands-on experience treating patients in a real-world setting. Ray Williams, the dean of Stony Brook's dental school, told Long Island Newsday the new facility reinforces the program's dedication to public service.

Dental schools can benefit from incorporating new technology into new facilities in three main ways:

1. It eliminates the need for multiple software programs
Investments in new clinical technology present unique challenges for administrators. While many institutions rely on software to perform various student management processes, a new patient-focused care center often requires a more advanced system. However, advanced dental academic software makes it easier for faculty to integrate the many moving parts of an oral health care education program.

2. Dental software makes it easier to create relevant course curricula
Additionally, universities can leverage new technology to improve the educational experience students receive. By streamlining the research and data organization process, educators can easily update existing course programs to reflect the most relevant developments in the larger industry. As a result, students can graduate with a greater knowledge of current trends.

3. Collaboration with outside institutions for research grants
Universities can further enhance their clinical and educational operations by using dental academic software to collaborate with other institutions. Comprehensive research is a complicated process that requires input from a variety of individuals. With advanced technology, both professors and students can easily share and store information with outside parties. By doing so, universities will ultimately improve the accuracy and credibility of information they communicate both to students and the public.

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