Where “We” Are Going – Part 4
Getting It Done
Once the diagnosis is complete and co-discovery has led to a collaborated CarePlan, its time to “Get it Done.”
Over the past decade, the new frontier of digital advances have been in clinical dentistry. While analog solutions like articulating paper, impression materials, cold steel syringes and more are still in use, here are just a few of the digital devices that have advanced dental care. (For more information, feel free to click on the links)
In the restorative realm some of the greatest innovations have been:
- Digital Anesthetic Dispensers (The Wand, Comfort Control Syringe, etc.)
- Digital Occlusal Analysis (T-Scan, Myotronics, BioResearch)
- Digital Impression Technologies (Lava COS, Itero, etc.)
- CAD/CAM units (Cerec and E4D)
Additional advances in clinical care that incorporate high tech with a high touch approach include:
An area where we see great promise in elevating and coordinating care between the primary care dental team, specialists and labs are online sharing and collaboration. We will share more in future posts, we encourage you to look into the following:
- Secure Records Sharing (eDossea)
This move to digital has also enabled dental offices to be more closely integrated with specialists and labs. This improved communications enhances the “Point of Care” approach.
While there are many other digital devices with many more to come, these innovations have advanced the state of dental care delivery replacing analog approaches.
On the horizon, we will see the levels of communication and documentation regarding care expand significantly. The full integration of digital text, data, graphics, audio and video into a multimedia EDR, is within reach and just around the corner.
The ability to have the right information in the right place at the right time will greatly facilitate decision-making and elevate care and caring.
Up next, we share with you our Rx for the approach that best supports the “Point of Care” model.