Designing a Mobile Dentist's Information Network: Bringing Teeth into the Twenty-First Century

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Designing a Mobile Dentist's Information Network: Bringing Teeth into the Twenty-First Century Introduction The advent of various mobile technologies, especially portable Internet-accessible devices, has changed operations for all manner of enterprises in a variety of ways. For a recently merged dentists' organization with multiple doctors, assistants, and receptionists working out of multiple offices and in certain off-site locations within the community, these technologies afford broad new opportunities for efficiency and effectiveness in information communication. If a proper information network is designed and established it will have numerous benefits for both the members of the new organization and for the patients served by this organization, however there are also certain security threats and other problems associated with building such a network. The following pages investigate the needs, problems, and solutions that would be appropriate for such an organization given current capabilities. Information and Security Requirements Much of the network needs described in this case are relatively straightforward. Off-site payment collection and recording capabilities and inter-office communication of patient files will necessarily be a major part of the network's functionality, and the creation of physical networks at each office with the capability for a joint virtual protocol network will assist in these endeavors (Oppenheimer, 2011). All patient information,

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