Dental School Streamlines Operations and Training with RAIN RFID

When a top-ranked, national dental school built their new teaching clinic, they saw an opportunity to improve student training and patient experience. They turned to a RAIN RFID solution to collect data on key activities such as patient wait time, sterilization rate, and instrument usage. These insights help the school:

  • Identify areas of strengths and challenges for dental training
  • Improve safety through item-sterilization tracking


Top National Dental School Profile

This top national dental university on the East Coast is over 100 years old. In 2017, they built a 15,000-square-foot teaching clinic with 48 dental operatories and 150 chairs where students treat patients under faculty supervision.

Improving student training and patient experience with data-driven intelligence

The new teaching clinic at a top dental school improved real-life patient experience by linking dental outcomes to data-backed decisions. This innovative experience involved a complete remodel of their facility to bring it into the digital age.

Typically, trips to the dentist’s office rely heavily on manual processes to track equipment usage and patient care, resulting in longer wait times and operational inefficiencies. For instance, there is generally little visibility into why certain procedures take longer than expected. This type of insight helps faculty see when students struggle with procedures or equipment. Using a RAIN RFID solution, lack of visibility is no longer a problem. Here’s how it works:

  • RAIN RFID tag chips are attached to individual pieces of equipment and dental chairs
  • Impinj xArray gateways, mounted on the ceiling, collect data on equipment usage and chair availability
  • Item data is aggregated by Impinj ItemSense software, and delivered to staff using data visualization software

Top dental school optimizes dental facility with Impinj platform

  • Tracking chair occupancy with RAIN RFID delivers workflow insight
    By automatically monitoring when chairs are in use, the clinic has better insight into procedure duration and patient flow. This visibility helps staff optimize scheduling and reduce wait times.
  • RAIN RFID helps faculty understand student strengths and weaknesses
    With automated tool tracking, faculty can see what equipment is being used, and for how long. This improves understanding when students are struggling with procedures, and allows faculty to address student weaknesses and methodology with data-backed decisions.
  • Tracking individual items improves patient safety
    RAIN RFID-tagged medical equipment can be tracked through the sterilization process. By automatically updating the status of equipment, staff can ensure items have been properly prepared for use on patients, thereby reducing the risk of infection and improving patient and staff safety. 



Impinj (NASDAQ: PI) wirelessly connects billions of everyday items such as apparel, medical supplies, and automobile parts to consumer and business applications such as inventory management, patient safety, and asset tracking. The Impinj platform uses RAIN RFID to deliver timely information about these items to the digital world, thereby enabling the Internet of Things.

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