The benefits of mobile technology in university hygiene clinics

July 24th, 2014

For university dental clinics that have already adopted dental hygiene academic software, administrators have likely seen many advantages. From efficiently scheduling patients to ensuring that clinical operations run smoothly, this solution has made university hygiene clinics a viable option for patients. But there is a new change on the horizon: the adoption of mobile devices.

Smartphones and tablets are slowly making their way into day-to-day clinical operations because of the many advantages that these tools offer. In an instructional setting, these tools are invaluable. A recent article from mHealth News outlined some of the benefits of mobile integration:

  1. Shareable data: In many university dental clinics, there is a strong likelihood that patients will be treated by more than one clinician. However, in this scenario, using mobile devices ensures the delivery of care is never compromised, mHealth News stated. Clinic employees can easily access patient medical histories and charts on mobile devices. This helps achieve a level of uniformity with regard to treatment.
  2. Better decision-making: Students often perform routine procedures in a university clinic setting as this readies them for real-world clinical practice. However, when these services have to be stopped due to an individual being unsure of his or herself, and then having to ask an administrator or instructor for clarity, it can have a negative effect on patient care. However, when all of a patient's critical information can be pulled up on a mobile device, students can provide themselves with a higher level of confidence when it comes to the decision-making process initiated by future practitioners.

Other benefits of mobile technology in  university dental clinics
Obviously, smartphones and tablets can help improve patient care in a clinic. However, mobile devices have other benefits – especially when it comes to post-procedural care. These days, medical practitioners are encouraging patients to take an active role in their own care. According to MIT Technology Review, mobile innovations can help patients keep track of their heart rates, stress, glucose levels, sleep patterns and other information that practitioners find useful.

Additionally, mobile devices can deliver reminders about medical appointments, prescription dosages and information related to specific ailments. However, one of the biggest benefits is that all of these things are possible  in real-time using smartphones and tablets.

Dental hygiene academic software was a key factor in transforming the way university dental clinics operate. Now, with the advent of mobile technology, the next step in the evolution of oral care is nearing, and the benefits are immeasurable. Today's patients have become used to using mobile technology in their everyday lives. Because of this, it makes sense that medical practitioners begin adopting these devices as well.

Not only can it help strengthen the relationship that an individual has with a university clinic, but it also helps foster a higher level of trust with individuals who are savvy when it comes to the use of technology. Dental hygiene program administrators should carefully consider the value that mobile integration will deliver in its clinical operations.

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