Increase care standards with dental hygiene school software

March 13th, 2014

Dental hygiene school software offers academic institutions a larger set of tools to comply with federal and state standards regulating the availability and quality of oral health care. As much as universities are places for higher learning and research, those with dental hygiene programs also have an inherent role in providing consultations and other services for patients in the local community. This means administrators need a reliable management system to integrate the academic experience more closely with the practical, clinical duties of the organization.

Some states have demonstrated a vested interest in ensuring residents have access to high-quality, affordable dental hygiene care. In fact, a recent article in RDH magazine discussed the impacts of a 2008 legislative effort in Maryland to specifically eliminate disparities in the opportunities for children to receive regular oral health attention. The Public Health Dental Hygiene Act enacted a variety of regulations associated with general supervision at clinics around the state.

Boosting the capacity for care
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recently conducted a comprehensive report examining the effects of this legislation at clinics throughout the state. The researchers were particularly focused on observing any noticeable increase in the number of dentists and oral hygiene professionals working in the public health sector. Overall, there has been little change since the law passed in 2008.

"Findings from this study show that a majority of public health dental facilities in Maryland did not change their general supervision procedures as a result of the Public Health Dental Hygiene Act," the report concluded.

However, those that did were able to screen more children at schools and improve the overall sense of value among registered dental hygienists in the state. Public universities that serve the local community with active clinics will have an easier time complying with similar regulations by investing in software for dental hygiene schools. One of the most important steps in increasing any organization's capacity for providing care is to improve organization and efficiency. A management system that comes readily integrated with electronic health records technology and offers a variety of solutions for gathering and storing patient information will come as an advantage to schools in the long run. Because this software can be used in both the clinical and academic environment, administrators will be able to offer a well-rounded education to students that will eventually prepare them for future challenges in the oral health industry.

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