Mobile technology use in clinical settings increasing

July 24th, 2014

Dental hygiene academic software has become a valuable tool in university clinics. Educators can ensure that patients receive the highest level of care possible while students can be assured that their training will prepare them for the real world. Additionally, clinics also experience a higher level of efficiency with dental software.

By itself, this solution offers many advantages. However, when smartphones and tablets are entered into the equation, dental hygiene clinics can enjoy even greater benefits. According to a mobile health care infographic created by GreatCall, a company that develops mobile health applications, 52 percent of people with smartphones use them to research information about their health.

Additionally, the company estimates that within two years, half of people who own smartphones will download a health-related app, and the marketplace for mobile health will be valued at $26 billion in the same span of time. However, it's not just patients who see the benefits of incorporating mobile technology in health care. Practitioners are aware as well.

GreatCall's infographic revealed that 80 percent of physicians are already using medical apps in conjunction with a smartphone, and 25 percent are using mobile devices when it comes to direct patient care. Medical professionals are already recognizing the benefits of mobile technology in their practices, and university hygiene clinics can do the same by pairing it with dental hygiene academic software.

Despite challenges, clinicians still value mobile
The benefits of using smartphones and tablets in a clinical setting are obvious. However, there are still a number of hurdles to overcome before these devices become commonplace in a practice of any kind. A recent survey conducted by MedData Group revealed that one of the challenges affecting mobile tools in more clinical environments has to do with the size of the practice. However, whether large or small, one of the primary hesitations for clinicians was being unsure if the adoption of mobile technology would work in conjunction with systems already in place. 

Despite this trepidation, 45 percent of physicians participating in the study who are already using smartphones and tablets clinically, stated that it helped boost their efficiency. When it comes to clinical applications, nearly 60 percent stated that apps allowing for quick and easy access to a patient's electronic health records using a smartphone or tablet were the most beneficial.

Although it hasn't happened yet, mobile health care technology will likely be used in nearly every practice setting, including university hygiene clinics.

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