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Dental Informatics (Benton)
Dental Informatics is by definition, "The application of computer and information science to improve dental practice, research, education and management." It has expanded rapidly since its creation. Dental Informatics includes many topics that cover an immense amount of information. It was created to help the dental professional manage his or her increasing amount of information. Dental Informatics professionals work in a variety of jobs. Their jobs can range from working with the computers that control the flow of information to teaching at a dental school. Dental Informatics improves patient care by improving efficiency and effectiveness in different areas of a common dental practice. These areas can include administration, clinical care, charting records, and patient education. Similar to how doctors and hospitals have begun using
electronic medical records (EMRs)
, dentists have begun developing electronic dental records (EDRs). EDRs will allow dentists to interact with 3D models of a patient's teeth.
Current research in the field includes:
3D interactive tooth atlas
Histopathologic diagnosis of salivary glands
Security of patient records
Automated discovery of tooth disease
Managing electronic prescriptions and electronic insurance claims
Better storage and retrieval of digital radiology
Universal accessibility to patient oral health records
Better distribution and effectiveness of patient education
Maximizing workflow support
Supporting clinical decision making and evidence based dentistry
Accommodating trends in clinical data acquisition
Reducing practice management and administration costs
Understanding patient use of the internet for health related information
Relaying the most up to date clinical practices and information to dentists
University of Pittsburgh - Center for Dental Informatics
American Dental Association
Dental Informatics Online Community
Wikipedia: Dental Informatics
What is Dental Informatics?
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