When used with dental hygiene academic software, tablets and smartphones can be a great way for clinicians to address the post-procedural needs of patients after a visit to the university clinic. BioPortfolio, citing a clinical trial conducted by Sense Health, a company that uses mobile technology to help Medicaid patients through the use of technology, discovered that medication adherence, appointment keeping and following plans of care, all increased when messages were sent to patient devices.
"Our goal was to understand whether mobile technology would help our care managers provide more consistent and efficient support and quality care for our Medicaid patients," Donald Bux, director of behavioral healthcare management at University Behavioral Associates, told BioPortfolio.
The results of Sense Health's clinical trial align perfectly with a FICO survey, which revealed that 80 percent of patients with smartphones would like to use their devices to interact with medical professionals, according to MobiHealthNews. Additionally, 53 percent of those participating in FICO's study stated they were open to receiving communications from their health care service provider.
For university dental clinics already using dental software, it's clear that as patients become more savvy when it comes to technology, it will be important to utilize mobile as a way to increase efficiency and patient satisfaction.