Mobile technology’s benefits lead to increased flexibility for dental hygiene schools

July 28th, 2014

University clinic administrators who are looking to strengthen the effectiveness of their dental hygiene academic software are likely researching mobile as a way to accomplish this goal. Tablets and smartphones are becoming more popular in oral health clinics as the advantages offered by these devices become more apparent.

Not only can they help streamline critical functions such as scheduling and making health records easily accessible, but these tools can also provide a significant boost when it comes to raising the quality of care patients receive. Many people are already using these devices in their daily lives. So visiting a practitioner that also has smartphones and tablets integrated into his or her practice can help create a higher level of trust with patients.

However, simply adding these devices to clinical operations won't ensure that these goals can be met. It takes careful planning to uncover how to make smartphones and tablets as effective as possible when used in a health care setting. A recent article from mHealthNews outlined a number of considerations practitioners must be aware of before taking the leap into mobile integration:

  1. Avoid drastic changes: Smartphones and tablets are supposed to make a practitioner's job easier in clinical practice, not completely revamp operations. If a practice overhaul is required in order to make the use of mobile devices a success, then an option that doesn't require such a major shift should be researched.
  2. Improve communication: Using mobile in a practice setting should help streamline communications between physicians, support staff and patients. Administrators should consider solutions that make in-office collaboration stronger over those where the devices themselves are the point of emphasis.
  3. Be flexible to change: Just because smartphones and tablets have been integrated clinically doesn't mean that changes won't have to be made down the line. At some point, clinics will have to perform software updates. As a result, choosing a solution that doesn't affect practice efficiency or compromise patient care should be considered in most cases.

Mobile adoption will continue to increase
MHealthWatch cited a recent study conducted by Frost & Sullivan, a market research company, that highlighted the need for mobile devices in the health care field.

"Today's mobile computing platforms present a powerful set of technical capabilities that, if leveraged properly, can help improve the efficiency of day-to-day operations of literally any type of organization," the report stated.

However, the website reported that these tools have yet to be universally accepted.

Still, the Frost & Sullivan study listed a number of benefits to adopting mobile technology, some of which include better communication through video, SMS and voice technology. The devices can also make the sharing of information – such as sensitive patient health records – easier, both inside a clinic and with outside entities that may need this data, such as insurance providers.

Smartphones and tablets offer clear advantages for any health care professional or administrator looking to improve its dental hygiene academic software platform. As more decision-makers uncover the benefits of mobile, usage will increase in the future.

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