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Dental informatics: A cornerstone of dental practice

Schleyer, T and Spallek, H (2001) Dental informatics: A cornerstone of dental practice. Journal of the American Dental Association, 132 (5). 605 - 613. ISSN 0002-8177

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Background. Dental informatics is a relatively new field that has significant potential for supporting clinical care. Most dentists are unaware of what dental informatics is, what its goals are, what it has achieved and how they can get involved in it. Methods. The authors conducted a literature review and several round-table discussions with dental informatics experts to discuss the preceding issues surrounding dental informatics. Results. Dental informatics is the application of computer and information sciences to improve dental practice, research, education and management. Numerous applications that support clinical care, education and research have been developed. Dental informatics is beginning to exhibit the characteristics of a discipline: core literature, trained specialists and educational programs. Conclusions. Dental informatics presents possible solutions to many long-standing problems in dentistry, but it also faces significant obstacles and challenges. Its maturation will depend as much on the efforts of people as on the collective efforts of the profession. Practice Implications. Dental informatics will produce an increasing number of applications and tools for clinical practice. Dentists must keep up with these developments to make informed choices.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schleyer, Ttitus@pitt.eduTITUS0000-0003-1829-971X
Spallek, Hhspallek@pitt.eduHSPALLEK
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Dental Informatics
Date: 1 January 2001
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the American Dental Association
Volume: 132
Number: 5
Page Range: 605 - 613
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.14219/jada.archive.2001.0237
Schools and Programs: School of Dental Medicine > Dental Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0002-8177
MeSH Headings: Delivery of Health Care; Dental Care; Dental Records; Dental Research; Dentistry; Education, Dental; Education, Dental, Continuing; Evidence-Based Medicine; Humans; Information Systems; Medical Informatics--classification; Medical Informatics--education; Medical Informatics--organization & administration; Medical Informatics Applications; Medical Records Systems, Computerized; Practice Management, Dental; Specialties, Dental
PubMed ID: 11367964
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2012 14:23
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 07:55


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