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The technologically well-equipped dental office

Schleyer, TKL and Spallek, H and Bartling, WC and Corby, P (2003) The technologically well-equipped dental office. Journal of the American Dental Association, 134 (1). 30 - 41. ISSN 0002-8177

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Background. Information technology, or IT, applications for dental practice continue to develop rapidly. More than 85 percent of all dentists use computers in their offices, and the number of clinical uses for the computer is on the rise. This article discusses the state of the art of several technologies, provides an integrative view of a technologically well-equipped office and offers several guidelines for technology purchasing decisions. Conclusions. Most administrative applications are relatively mature and are required for the smooth functioning of today's dental offices. Clinical applications - such as dental and medical health histories, charting, digital imaging, diagnostic and treatment applications, and decision support - vary in their degree of maturity. Most Internet applications - such as Internet-based scheduling and e-mail communication with patients - still are an optional adjunct for dental practices. Practice Implications. Practitioners should develop a comprehensive plan for implementing or updating the IT infrastructure in their offices. Issues to be considered in technology purchasing decisions include usability, integration, work flow support, cost-benefit analysis and compliance with standards.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schleyer, TKLtitus@pitt.eduTITUS0000-0003-1829-971X
Spallek, Hhspallek@pitt.eduHSPALLEK
Bartling, WC
Corby, P
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Dental Informatics
Date: 1 January 2003
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the American Dental Association
Volume: 134
Number: 1
Page Range: 30 - 41
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.14219/jada.archive.2003.0015
Schools and Programs: School of Dental Medicine > Dental Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0002-8177
MeSH Headings: Computers; Dental Equipment; Dental Offices; Humans; Information Systems; Internet; Practice Management, Dental
PubMed ID: 12555955
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2012 20:41
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 07:55


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