LEHI, Utah, Aug. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Now in its seventh year, the Pride Institute's "Best of Class" Technology Award continues unparalleled in its integrity and approach to recognizing excellence in dental innovation. In 2015, Patient Relationship Management from Solutionreach is one of those lauded as "Best of Class."
"To be honored as 'Best of Class' is a sign that a product has revolutionized, simplified or advanced its category in a distinctive way," said Dr. Lou Shuman, 'Best of Class' founder. "The manufacturers represented here are driving the conversation for how dental practices will operate today and in the future. The foundation for our success in bringing attention to these products has always been our formula: technology leadership in dentistry, unbiased, and not for profit."
"Best of Class" honorees are chosen by a panel comprised of leading voices in dental technology, who come together each year to discuss, debate and decide what products merit recognition. All technology categories are considered, but if there is no clear differentiator that sets a product apart in its category, then no winner is selected. Panelists who receive compensation from dental companies are prevented from voting in that company's category. Over the years, the panel has developed a rapport that makes space for important conversations about value of different innovations and how evolving categories become more or less valuable to the general dentist. The spirited debate that follows results in a variety of products — obscure and well-known, basic and aspirational — being honored.
"Technology decisions can be expensive and confusing for many doctors. Our job as 'Best of Class' panelists is to eat, sleep, live, breath and use technology in our general practices in real, everyday dentistry. We also have a chance to show and discuss these products with dental students and colleagues," said Dr. John Flucke, writer, speaker and Technology Editor for Dental Products Report. "This allows us to provide recommendations that a doctor and staff can rely on to make informed decisions regarding their technology purchases."
The panel consists of five dentists with significant knowledge of and experience in dental technology, including Dr. Shuman; Dr. Flucke; Paul Feuerstein, DMD, writer, speaker and Technology Editor for Dentistry Today ; Marty Jablow, DMD, technology writer and consultant for Dr. BiCuspid; and Parag Kachalia, DDS, Vice-Chair of Preclinical Education, Research and Technology, University of Pacific School of Dentistry.
"We appreciate the opportunity to be considered for this award and recognized as a leader in healthcare technology by Dr. Shuman and his panel of experts," says Jim Higgins, Founder and CEO of Solutionreach. "As it is our mission at Solutionreach to transform the way providers engage with their patients one practice at a time, being acknowledged as a driving force in the industry is an honor."
The Pride Institute "Best of Class" Technology awards were launched in 2009 as a new concept to provide an unbiased, non-profit assessment of available technologies in the dental space. Through print and digital media coverage, the "Best of Class" message reaches the community of 150,000 dentists through multiple touch points—in print and online—educating them about the products. Honoree participation in the "Tech Expo" at the American Dental Association's Annual Meeting offers face-to-face interaction with the companies as well as technology-centered education provided by members of the panel as well as the esteemed consultants of Pride Institute. Courses at last year's 2014 meeting sold out. This year's event will be held November 5-10 in Washington, DC.
Solutionreach provides a customized cloud-based platform that delivers the information and communication patients need to stay healthy and more personally connected to their healthcare providers. It includes patient engagement tools to assist practices in streamlining tasks that will increase office efficiency, eliminate inaccuracies, and maximize profitability. The company has continually developed new industry-leading technologies as they've steadily grown from the pioneer in digital patient messaging to a revolutionary platform for total patient relationship management.