The Future of Orthodontics: How Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) Are Revolutionizing Patient Care

Hryhorii Sirenok
Project Manager at TRIARE
9 min read
How Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) Are Revolutionizing Patient Care

Electronic medical records (ERMs) are the basis of the multilevel information system of any clinic. The priceless data on patient history, anamnesis, diagnostic results and medical prescriptions requires constant management to save its authenticity and relevance. The innovative programs allow medical specialists to enjoy the benefits of systems of electronic medical records for their effective exploitation.

What are Electronic Health Records, and How Are They Used in Dentistry?

The development and implementation of an electronic medical records as one of the projects in the healthcare system received support in many countries of the European Union and the USA. This situation occurred due to society’s rapid evolution and the Internet’s potential. 

The dental EMRs contain groups of patient details formed by types of statistical reporting needed for saving in a compact form the following data: 

  • Most significant information about each particular patient
  • Nature of his disease
  • Outcomes of diagnostics of the oral cavity
  • Stages and results of treatment and ensuring the unambiguity of the presentation of the process of the treatment

An important place in the structure of information support of electronic medical records is occupied by regulatory reference bases involving classifiers, reference books, digital codes etc. The regulatory and reference base of the electronic medical records may include the following:

  • Reference books of complications
  • Paraclinical procedures and examinations
  • Prescriptions (in terms of treatment standards, individual nosological forms and symptoms of diseases)
  • Standardized texts used to form and maintain electronic medical records, specialized medical organizations, pharmacies, insurance medical organizations, etc.
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Electronic Health Records

The adoption of EMRs in orthodontic practices

The popularity of electronic health records software is growing every day. Redox, CognisantMD, Seca, and Phreesia are the crucial market players providing clinics with such services. However, their software includes a certain list of options that need an opportunity to personalize a digital product. TRIARE team of specialists pays attention to the needs and requests of every client to customize the developed software

Electronic health records software can become the most productive way to optimize all processes in orthodontic practices. This approach is the best way to increase the quality of dental services at all levels of interaction between patient and doctor. The innovative technologies can store large information arrays on servers by segmenting data and ensuring its confidentiality. This point is especially significant for dental clinics with large patient flows and a wide range of services. The development of a dental EMR system based on cloud technologies can cover all the needs of dentists for the consolidation and structuring of patient data. 

Ortho II edge electronic medical records represent a great example of well-functioning software for dental clinics. The program provides dentists convenient access to the patient data necessary to organize the effective diagnostic and treatment process to localize and solve the problem. 

EMRs in Orthodontic

EMRs benefits for patients

Customer focus is a key factor in all industries, including medical services. Patients deserve to receive high-quality care by taking everything from the advantages of innovative technologies. The development of the dental EMR system represents a revolution in orthodontics. The patients obtain the ability to enjoy such EMR benefits as: 

  • Access to health records. The patients should be involved in the treatment process to make it productive. The availability of data on diagnostics and treatment allows the patient to track the positive dynamics. This approach is a great motivation to visit the clinic regularly. The records can remind the patient about the need to make an appointment with the dentist for the preventive cleaning of the oral cavity.
  • High level of personal data protection. Electronic health records software implies an advanced system of counteraction to the spread of personal data and their protection from being viewed by unauthorized users. The paper documents need to be more secured. They can be destroyed in unforeseen circumstances. 
  • High-quality online support. The EMR can turn into a background for receiving various digital services. Dentists can use this data during an online appointment as a starting point for revealing a new problem or continuing treatment.
  • Increased mobility. The patients can use their laptops and even mobile phones to receive access to health records. This approach significantly increases the speed of the diagnostic and therapeutic process. 

EMRs Benefits for Patients

EMRs benefits for clinics

More than 90% of medical specialists working outside the big cities have switched to the full use of the dental EMR system. This indicator will increase every year in the entire field of medical services, including orthodontics. The development of dental EMR system allows the clinics to enjoy the following benefits: 

Well-coordinated care. The electronic health records software becomes a basis for developing advanced ways of interaction between different specialists of the clinic and the patient. Medical staff will no longer have to consolidate data on their own to find out the details about previous stages of treatment. All results of diagnostics, treatment and implantation of teeth will become part of one database to continue productive patient care. The medical specialists will get an opportunity to establish a continuous treatment and diagnosis process. The doctors will avoid duplicate tests. 

Coherent database. Specific types of electronic health records software allow specialists to use the data interconnected by an intelligent algorithm to access the requested information quickly. Patient records can be stored on servers purchased or leased by the clinic. At the same time, cloud technologies can also solve the problem of storing large amounts of data. The databases provide dentists with the ability to save time searching for the proper information. The specialists will receive the opportunity to contact other medical facilities where the patient has been previously treated. 

Optimized workflows. The electronic health records software will ensure high patient data security by current legislation. The medical staff will have all the necessary tools to track treatment progress using digital data processing systems. This information can become a reason for introducing immediate changes to the treatment process to make it as productive and effective as possible.  

Beneficial Impact of EMRs on Clinics

The integration of EMRs with other digital health tools, such as telemedicine and remote patient monitoring

According to global research results, the tele-health area of medicine will reach $191 billion in 2025. This situation has occurred due to the dominance of the significant advantages of using this approach in digitizing data. The integration of EMRs with other digital health tools takes place in different areas, implying: 

Tele-orthodontics. Electronic health records software can turn into the perfect approach to saving diagnostic results after using tools for tele-dentistry. This process occurs naturally and consistently by providing doctors with the most productive algorithms for patient care. 

Remote patient monitoring. Dentists can use advanced data systems to communicate with patients about the mandatory annual check-up and dynamic rehabilitation after implantation. 

Online dentistry. EMRs are one of the most significant parts of the process aimed at developing online medicine. The health records allow dentists to take patient data from interconnected systems to continue effective treatment.

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EMR and Other Digital Health Tools

The healthcare industry moves towards value-based care models with EMRs

Many information systems in medicine pay attention to automating the functions of accounting for medical services and consumables. In contrast, the implementation of the function of electronic medical history and examination of the quality of medical care rendered fades into the background. Naturally, such systems often complicate medical personnel’s work and cause doctors’ rejection during implementation. In this case, EMRs allow the dentists to promote value-based care models, including: 

  • Cost reduction. Electronic health records software can replace the administrative staff in the clinic. The system for recording and storing data on patients will occur automatically. 
  • Advanced patient care. The dentist gets extra time to communicate with the patient. The absence of the need for manual filling of protocols prevents exhaustion of the specialist’s strength, making him more motivated to help the patient. 
  • Well-developed coordination with patients. High-quality and long-term communication with the patient helps reduce his indecision in approving such cardinal measures of medical intervention as implantation. It becomes possible through the use of the benefits of EMRs. 

Custom ERM in Dental

What custom EMRs can TRIARE develop?

TRIARE team of specialists helps clinics to get the most out of innovative tools to optimize patient care. Implementing electronic medical records in the interaction with the patients allows the medical staff to become more productive by avoiding problems with information flow management. Electronic medical records are the most important component of a medical information system. The rich experience and a wide range of professional skills allow TRIARE to realize any idea of clients needed to improve the functioning of the dental clinic. In this case, the custom EMRs developed by TRIARE can include the following digital products:

Simple native programs. The different types of electronic health records software can meet the various needs of the users. The TRIARE can develop the interactive tools necessary to create the database with the health records. They do not require specific knowledge and tutorials for their use. The intuitive interface makes their functioning productive from the first minutes of installation. 

Complex information systems. The EMRs software can deal with more difficult tasks by becoming an integral part of a large information system. The products developed by TRIARE can adapt to the clinic’s needs by improving its digital resources. 

Background for the provision of tele-orthodontics services. The multilevel dental EMRs allow clinics to provide their patients with online consultations. The health records will provide the dentists with information about the previous diagnosis and treatment results to continue productive interaction. This approach facilitates introducing smart solutions as the main tool to eradicate issues related to the inability to make an offline appointment with a dentist. 

TRIARE already has a successful case developed in dentistry in its portfolio. Dentalex represents an advanced application with an intuitive interface for visualizing the final result of treatment with implantation methods. The specialists can accompany the clinic at all stages of dental EMR system development, including: 

Analysis of the client’s request. An individualized approach to every case of a certain clinic allows TRIARE to find flexible solutions tailored to the needs of specific medical staff. Customer priorities are the cornerstone for creating software.

Integrated software development. Innovative programs for dental EMRs turn into a part of the clinic’s global information system by optimizing peripheral processes. Consolidation and management of data become as automatic as possible.

Testing of the final product. The company offers its clients continuous support of the clinic after the software commissioning period.This approach is needed to identify bugs arising in the process of interaction of medical personnel with innovative products. Comprehensive support also becomes a guarantee for the continuous improvement of the used services.

Final Thoughts

The nearest future of medicine is possible only with the maximum optimization of all processes through innovative technologies. The well-developed software represents a foundation for organizing the procedures needed to meet the patients’ requests. TRIARE team of professionals has the experience and skills to offer their clients smart solutions to optimize clinics’ work. The implementation of the electronic health records software for dentists developed by TRIARE will become a turning point for your business. The dentistry clinic will be able to enjoy new competitive advantages that meet the needs of patients and increase demand for the entire range of services.

Hryhorii Sirenok
Project Manager at TRIARE