While DEXIS participates in many outreach events over the year, this one, held in New Mexico—the Land of Enchantment, enchanted patients and doctors alike, with improved access to digital imaging throughout the venue. The added efficiencies made caring for patients in need easier and quicker.
Diane Burns, local rep and volunteer, explained, “For the first time in Mission of Mercy history, we delivered electronic patient X-rays chairside using the DEXIS™ software platform!”
The 100-chair temporary clinic was set up in the Santa Ana Star Civic Center in Rio Rancho. Along with dental chairs and delivery systems, a sterilization area and plenty of supplies, the site was equipped with seven intra-oral and three panoramic imaging stations. In the past, these stations were equipped with printers for the X-rays, which would be hand carried from one area to the next.
Here’s the really innovative part—This MOM tried something new! Approximately 55 laptops/desktops were strategically positioned throughout the clinic so that each chair and station could have access. A master database was created so that all images could be viewed on any station. Doctors were able to see the images on the screen as well as enlarge and enhance them for a better look. Feedback from the volunteers, especially those directly delivering care, was very enthusiastic, and they said that the new set-up clearly facilitated more timely treatment. The faster that patients can receive treatment, the more folks can be seen! And because the DEXIS system is digital, paper and ink costs were no hit to the budget.
During the event, 925 patients were radiographed, capturing more than 2,200 intra-oral X-rays and 300 pans. This event was a game-changer in many ways and resulted in an extremely successful first attempt at computerized imaging for chairside delivery, saving both time and enhancing diagnostics!
The local Hewlett Packard site was a key contributor to this humanitarian event, by donating the use of all the laptops, a server and all access points. Peter Reynolds of Granite IT Services donated his time to help set up and monitor the network, and HP provided numerous personnel to assist during the entire event. Among the X-ray equipment donated for use at this MOM, DEXIS shared the diagnostic spotlight with KaVo Kerr sister brands, Gendex and INSTRUMENTARIUM.
After the event, the New Mexico Dental Foundation enthusiastically messaged to all volunteers, “Over 1,340 volunteers helped to create 1,055 new smiles at the New Mexico Mission of Mercy last weekend! THANK YOU for making such a huge difference in Central New Mexico! Over $1.3 million dollars in dental treatment was donated to these patients, and your part in this was vital.” If you live in the area and would like to become a volunteer, go to http://www.nmdentalfoundation.org/ and sign up!
Find more information on the hard-working DEXIS system visit www.dexis.com/system.