1. The "digitization" of dental practice is rapidly progressing. Almost all dental practices have computers, but only 25% of general dentists use them in the operatory. In this presentation, we will take a look at three challenges to improving oral health: documenting patient care, translating best evidence into practice and advancing knowledge through practice-based research. We will discuss how dental informatics research can help address these challenges. (by: Titus Schleyer, DMD, PhD, Center for Dental Informatics, University of Pittsburgh, 56:51 min.)

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  2. Dental offices are high-tech places. Many dentists use electronic dental records, digital radiology and other IT tools daily. But, have you ever wondered who makes all those tools work in a busy dental practice? Yes, it is the Chief Information or Chief Technology Officer, who is, in most cases, ... the dentist. Yet, most dentists are ill prepared to take on the complexities and challenges of managing health information technology (HIT) in their office. This course is designed to help change that situation. Our premise is that participants are not simply interested in becoming consumers of a fully implemented information system, but intend to acquire a deeper background for the “why” and “how” of HIT implementation in dentistry. By doing so, participants will become “educated consumers” of HIT and will be able to optimize how HIT contributes to achieving their goals. So, how do we plan to do that? At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

    1. use information systems for managing dental data and supporting clinical decision making in the context of the dental care and office workflow

    2. apply principles of technology evaluation to identify and select appropriate information technology products and services to achieve specific goals

    3. plan, administer and manage information technology implementations in dentistry

    More information about the course is available at http://www.dbmi.pitt.edu/content/bioinf-2204.

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