How universities can benefit from EHR technology

December 10th, 2013

Academic institutions in the U.S. may want to invest in dental school software to avoid missing the boat on the growing trend to incorporate electronic health records into clinical operations.

A large number of private practices in both the dental and medical fields have made the transition from paper filing to EHR technology in recent years. According to the American Dental Association, health care providers are able to tap into long-term cost savings that enhance office efficiency and make it easier to collect more accurate patient information. A dependence on paper can quickly add up to produce unwanted expenses.

"An office using paper records will pay approximately $4.50 per complete chart," Brett Lindstrom, director of the information systems provider The Dental Record, told the organization. "With 20 new patients each month, that's over $1,000 annually on new patient charts alone, and that doesn't include the cost of forms for returning patients. For offices that scan paperwork, treating 2,500 patients annually would result in spending $2,000 every year just for the staff time of scanning forms."

The benefits extend to universities, too
Independent clinics aren't the only health care providers that can benefit from taking advantage of EHR technology. In fact, now is an opportune time for universities to utilize dental academic software in their oral health programs. Because EHRs have quickly become such a standard part of the professional workplace, administrators and faculty must be willing to invest in technology that provides students with real, hands-on experience using these tools in an applicable dental setting.

Universities are also uniquely positioned to make the most out of EHRs. For example, the online news publication Clinical Innovation and Technology reported the U.S. National Science Foundation recently awarded a total of $893,000 in grants to three schools in Texas to develop a robust data-mining framework that may ultimately lead to more personalized patient care in the medical and dental fields.

"The increasingly large amounts of [EHR] data offer unprecedented opportunities for [EHR] data mining to enhance health care experiences for personalized intervention, improve different diseases risk stratifications and facilitate understanding about disease and appropriate treatment," the NSF stated in a report.

Integration of multiple moving parts
Academic institutions can leverage EHRs to improve their own internal operations as well. With the right technology, administrators have the ability to streamline many of the most complex aspects of the student management process. Because tools such as axiUm dental school software work seamlessly for both clinical and academic purposes, the same systems that organize information on patients can be used to track the progress of program participants and ultimately provide a more engaging framework for meeting graduation requirements. Grabbing a proper hold of individual academic information is not only beneficial for faculty and staff responsible for producing grades. Students will also be more likely to complete their programs if they have easy access to all of the information they need to earn a diploma. 

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