Today: The patient signs in then fills out a form on a clipboard and the staff enters the information.
Future: A patient enters the dental office and immediately the PDA (personal digital assistant; that is a combination handheld computer, cell phone, web browser, camera, music video player and GPS) in their pocket or purse connects with the dental office system using a wireless connection. This alerts the dental office the patient is there and also instantly updates all personal information such as address, insurance, or changes in family status.
Today: The patient fills out a medical history on paper on the clipboard. Hopefully they can remember everything.
Future: The patient’s health history is accessed from the national data base and an artificial intelligence (AI) program analyses the information and sends back a condensed report with specific conditions noted and a series of interview questions to ask the patient and appropriate measures stipulated for dental procedures.