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Advancing oral medicine through informatics and information technology: a proposed framework and strategy.

Schleyer, T and Mattsson, U and Ní Ríordáin, R and Brailo, V and Glick, M and Zain, RB and Jontell, M (2011) Advancing oral medicine through informatics and information technology: a proposed framework and strategy. Oral Dis, 17 Sup. 85 - 94.

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The implementation of information technology in healthcare is a significant focus for many nations around the world. However, information technology support for clinical care, research and education in oral medicine is currently poorly developed. This situation hampers our ability to transform oral medicine into a 'learning healthcare discipline' in which the divide between clinical practice and research is diminished and, ultimately, eliminated. This paper reviews the needs of and requirements for information technology support of oral medicine and proposes an agenda designed to meet those needs. For oral medicine, this agenda includes analyzing and reviewing current clinical and documentation practices, working toward progressively standardizing clinical data, and helping define requirements for oral medicine systems. IT professionals can contribute by conducting baseline studies about the use of electronic systems, helping develop controlled vocabularies and ontologies, and designing, implementing, and evaluating novel systems centered on the needs of clinicians, researchers and educators. Successfully advancing IT support for oral medicine will require close coordination and collaboration among oral medicine professionals, information technology professionals, system vendors, and funding agencies. If current barriers and obstacles are overcome, practice and research in oral medicine stand ready to derive significant benefits from the application of information technology.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schleyer, Ttitus@pitt.eduTITUS0000-0003-1829-971X
Mattsson, U
Ní Ríordáin, R
Brailo, V
Glick, M
Zain, RB
Jontell, M
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Dental Informatics
Date: April 2011
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Oral Dis
Volume: 17 Sup
Page Range: 85 - 94
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1111/j.1601-0825.2011.01794.x
Schools and Programs: School of Dental Medicine > Dental Science
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dental Informatics, Documentation, Electronic Data Processing, Forecasting, Humans, Information Management, Information Systems, Medical Records Systems, Computerized, Oral Medicine, Software, Vocabulary, Controlled
MeSH Headings: Automatic Data Processing--organization & administration; Automatic Data Processing--standards; Dental Informatics--standards; Dental Informatics--trends; Documentation--classification; Documentation--standards; Forecasting; Humans; Information Management--standards; Information Management--trends; Information Systems--organization & administration; Information Systems--standards; Information Systems--trends; Medical Records Systems, Computerized--classification; Medical Records Systems, Computerized--organization & administration; Medical Records Systems, Computerized--standards; Oral Medicine--trends; Software; Vocabulary, Controlled
PubMed ID: 21382141
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2012 15:08
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2021 16:55


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