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From information technology to informatics: The information revolution in dental education

Schleyer, TK and Thyvalikakath, TP and Spallek, H and Dziabiak, MP and Johnson, LA (2012) From information technology to informatics: The information revolution in dental education. Journal of Dental Education, 76 (1). 142 - 153. ISSN 0022-0337

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The capabilities of information technology (IT) have advanced precipitously in the last fifty years. Many of these advances have enabled new and beneficial applications of IT in dental education. However, conceptually, IT use in dental schools is only in its infancy. Challenges and opportunities abound for improving how we support clinical care, education, and research with IT. In clinical care, we need to move electronic dental records beyond replicating paper, connect information on oral health to that on systemic health, facilitate collaborative care through teledentistry, and help clinicians apply evidence-based dentistry and preventive management strategies. With respect to education, we should adopt an evidence-based approach to IT use for teaching and learning, share effective educational content and methods, leverage technology-mediated changes in the balance of power between faculty and students, improve technology support for clinical teaching, and build an information infrastructure centered on learners and organizations. In research, opportunities include reusing clinical care data for research studies, helping advance computational methods for research, applying generalizable research tools in dentistry, and reusing research data and scientific workflows. In the process, we transition from a focus on IT-the mere technical aspects of applying computer technology-to one on informatics: the what, how, and why of managing information.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schleyer, TKtitus@pitt.eduTITUS0000-0003-1829-971X
Thyvalikakath, TPtpt1@pitt.eduTPT1
Spallek, Hhspallek@pitt.eduHSPALLEK
Dziabiak, MP
Johnson, LA
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Dental Informatics
Date: 1 January 2012
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Dental Education
Volume: 76
Number: 1
Page Range: 142 - 153
Schools and Programs: School of Dental Medicine > Dental Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0022-0337
MeSH Headings: Dental Care; Dental Informatics; Dental Research; Education, Dental; Evidence-Based Dentistry; Health Services Research; Humans; Information Management; Information Science; Learning; Teaching--methods
PubMed ID: 22262557
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2012 15:09
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2021 17:21


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