How dental school software enhances the research process

October 2nd, 2013


Dental school software will likely play a major role in preparing students for a more digitally focused and efficient professional environment over the next several decades. Educational institutions are responsible for exposing future dentists and dental hygienists to a variety of knowledge and experience that not only brings them up to speed with existing practices and technology, but also prepares them for future innovations, as well.

As dental enterprises continue to incorporate new technology into the workplace, academic programs must make a concerted effort to stay ahead of the curve and offer their students meaningful real-world experiences with advanced tools. One particular area in which private practices are using dental software to enhance the operational experience is through the acquisition and management of research data. The American Dental Association recently announced the release of a digital version of its “Dental Therapeutics” book, which serves as a comprehensive reference and database about oral care drugs currently on the market. Dentists have long used this resource to better understand how existing medicines can be used for specific patient diagnoses.

Now, however, the ADA is offering the resource through a digital version that dental professionals can integrate seamlessly with their existing software systems. In fact, the organization is making a special effort to target young professionals by providing a courtesy subscription to students. According to a press release from the ADA, the Colgate-Palmolive Company funded the free subscription program to ease the transition graduates experience from dental school to private practice.

Creating a more organized research experience
Academic institutions can especially benefit from using dental school software programs to organize existing research and information regarding common oral care practices. In fact, one of the most important trends currently taking over the health care industry is the use of evidence-based dentistry technology. Many students, educators and active professionals spend excessive amounts of time compiling information and data from a variety of separate sources without any ability to store everything in one easily accessible system. However, the University of North Carolina’s Health Sciences Library¬†said the concept of evidence-based dentistry seeks to create a more streamlined approach to applying existing data to real-world patient situations.

Using dental school software offers both students and professors the ability to find relevant information from a variety of sources by simply inserting basic search queries into a user-friendly system.

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