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Dental informatics: An emerging biomedical informatics discipline

Schleyer, TKL (2003) Dental informatics: An emerging biomedical informatics discipline. Journal of Dental Education, 67 (11). 1193 - 1200. ISSN 0022-0337

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Biomedical informatics is a maturing discipline. During the last forty years, it has developed into a research discipline of significant scale and scope. One of its subdisciplines, dental informatics, is beginning to emerge as its own entity. While there is a growing cadre of trained dental informaticians, dental faculty and administrators in general are not very familiar with dental informatics as an area of scientific inquiry. Many confuse informatics with information technology (IT), are unaware of its scientific methods and principles, and cannot relate dental informatics to biomedical informatics as a whole. This article delineates informatics from information technology and explains the types of scientific questions that dental and other informaticians typically explore. Scientific investigation in informatics centers primarily on model formulation, system development, system implementation, and the study of effects. Informatics draws its scientific methods mainly from information science, computer science, cognitive science, and telecommunications. Dental informatics shares many types of research questions and methods with its parent discipline, biomedical informatics. However, there are indications that certain research questions in dental informatics require novel solutions that have not yet been developed in other informatics fields.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schleyer, TKLtitus@pitt.eduTITUS0000-0003-1829-971X
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Dental Informatics
Date: 1 November 2003
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Dental Education
Volume: 67
Number: 11
Page Range: 1193 - 1200
Schools and Programs: School of Dental Medicine > Dental Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0022-0337
MeSH Headings: Dental Research--trends; Dentistry--trends; Forecasting; Humans; Medical Informatics--trends; Medical Informatics Applications
PubMed ID: 14650500
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2012 20:42
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 07:55


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