New technology requires training at the academic level

January 7th, 2014

As the oral health industry continues to embrace technology in the clinical environment, academic institutions can better educate their students by integrating dental school software with the classroom experience.

Dental professionals have many of the same opportunities as other health care providers to utilize new tools such as electronic health records to increase efficiency, reduce overhead costs and ultimately treat patients more effectively. According to the online publication Information Week, the market for information technology in the health care sector of the U.S. economy is likely to expand at a 7.4 percent compound annual rate through 2017. During that year, the total value of the industry is expected to reach $31.3 billion.

These predictions come from a recent Markets and Markets report that highlighted the growing pressure on health care providers to reduce costs, as well as comply with federal initiatives aimed at integrating advanced technology into daily clinical operations.

Because of this interest in health-related IT, today's students now require a more relevant dental school curriculum that offers direct, hands-on experience with new technology increasingly found in private practices across the country. Universities can use advanced dental academic software to easily introduce innovative tools into the classroom experience.

The importance of hands-on experience
The IT instruction company Firebrand Training recently completed a survey of 952 IT professionals that revealed the importance of in-person guidance in preparing students to succeed in a more high-tech industry. In fact, 87.2 percent of respondents said they believe classroom-based training is more effective than e-learning or self-study. In general, having a hands-on experience with innovative technology limits the presence of distractions and ultimately creates a more engaging environment for learners.

"When asked why self-study was worse than classroom-based training, 59.5 percent of respondents reported that self-study material alone was not sufficient in preparing for a professional certification," the company stated in a press release.

Administrators in charge of managing dental programs don't have to fall behind on these trends. Instead, they can take advantage of advanced enterprise software that connects seamlessly with both ongoing clinical and academic initiatives. Universities depend on the ability to reward students with a quality education that allows them a fair chance to succeed in the future. With dental school software, this process becomes much easier for organizations that would have otherwise struggled to find the resources necessary to make their programs more relevant to new industry standards. 

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