The decision to invest in software for dental hygiene schools will likely have a positive impact on academic institutions and cities across the U.S.
A previous article on the axiUm blog already examined many of the ways in which both the medical care and higher education industries are closely interconnected. However, according to a recent article from Richard Florida, co-founder of the online publication, The Atlantic Cities, these sectors of the company also have significant impacts on the quality of living in urban areas. For example, because careers in dental hygiene have become so popular in recent years, many academic institutions have expanded their programs. New universities are also entering the market, hoping to capitalize on recent trends. This hand-in-hand growth across industries presents unique opportunities for cities to attract dental hygiene students and ultimately retain them to serve the local population for long-term careers.
"America's aging population needs medical care, and the knowledge economy demands an increasingly skilled and educated workforce," Florida explained. "Both are personal service industries that require face-to-face interaction. This, many have argued, makes them locationally 'sticky' and less likely to uproot from cities, increasing their appeal to economies that have been battered by the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs."
Increased competition among universities
Despite the symbiotic nature of the relationship between these industries and the cities that attract them, academic institutions must still be prepared for future challenges. In fact, Aaron Chattterji, an associate business professor at Duke University, wrote an op-ed in The New York Times explaining how the rise of online education may enhance the competition among colleges and universities to attract new students and retain them through graduation. Chatterji said many of the nation's top schools are now offering virtual classes at a cost that is much cheaper than full tuition at a local institution. In the future, this may disrupt the positive connection between health care, education and economic growth.
However, academic administrators and program faculty can ensure a competitive market edge by investing in comprehensive enterprise management tools. Advanced dental hygiene school software has the potential to streamline the many complicated tasks of running a large medical education program that effectively prepares students for the real world. With enhanced flexibility and seamless integration with active clinics, cities and universities can continue to reap the rewards of attracting more oral health care professionals to plant their roots for long-term careers.