The role of technology in today’s health care industry

December 11th, 2013

Now that the U.S. is well into the transition period of the health care reform measures created through the Affordable Care Act, universities may want to consider incorporating dental hygiene school software into their ongoing operations.

While the bulk of the ACA deals directly with the need to connect more Americans with high-quality and reliable medical insurance, the legislation has also had a profound impact on the strategies health care providers use to treat patients. These trends will ultimately influence the standards for the oral hygiene curriculum at academic institutions around the nation.

The global professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute recently released an annual report highlighting the top trends facing the medical industry in 2014. Among changes to consumer behavior and an increase in competition from other providers, technological innovation is also one of the top 10 trends identified in the HRI study.

"While health insurance exchange implementation is driving headlines today – in reality the next 12 months will be marked by how well the industry addresses a range of core business challenges," Kelly Barnes, U.S. health industries leader at PwC, stated in a press release. "Businesses must address rapid innovation and competition from non-traditional players, but above all they must respond to empowered consumers as customer-centric transformation sweeps health care."

How can technology transform oral hygiene education?
Tools such as axiUm dental hygiene school software can automatically position a university to be at the forefront of innovative management technology. For example, the program makes it much easier for academic institutions to employ meaningful use of electronic health records, something that has become a focal point in the efforts to reduce health care costs nationwide. Schools can even apply for federal grant money from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which has created incentive programs to encourage EHR adoption for any organization that operates an active clinic. The use of digital records can also streamline the student management process. Rather than manually compiling information about grades and graduation requirements, administrators can save time performing these essential tasks with the right software.

Will students be prepared for these changes?
Trish De Dios, a registered dental hygienist, wrote on the industry publishing network DentistryIQ about the importance of preparing students for future challenges in the health care industry. According to De Dios, a lack of confidence in one's own ability to take risks is one of the five most detrimental obstacles standing in the way of long-term dental hygiene career growth. As clinics across the U.S. rely more on innovative and flexible technology to save money while simultaneously enhancing the quality of care patients receive, universities must make it a priority to provide students with the educational tools necessary to succeed using such tools. With the right software for dental hygiene schools, students can experience first hand the impacts of EHRs. Educators can also benefit by reducing many of the administrative costs associated with running an academic program.

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