Dental informatics, computer systems, dentist practitioners, Sittig, Mirshner, Maupome, Schleyer, Anderson
Dental Informatics is a relatively new field which has gained popularity in proportion to the increasing use of computer systems in dental practices. Sittig, Mirshner, and Maupome define dental informatics as "Application of computer and information science to improve dental practice, research and program administration". With the proper implementation of dental informatics, it becomes possible to make dental practitioners more efficient, more effective, more knowledgeable, and more able to provide superior patient care.
[...] Nearly one-quarter of respondents spent no time at all on a computer for work-related issues. Fifteen percent used a computer for one hour per week for two hours, and for ten hours, and for 20 hours per week.” In addition to this, Schleyer suggests that even those dentists who do have computer systems in their office do not use them to their full potential. He tells us, from example, that despite the fact that about 90% of dental offices in the U.S. [...]
[...] Once the challenges to implement these systems are overcome, everyone will be reaping the benefits, and there will be a significant improvement in patient care. It is therefore crucial that dentists invest in informatics and dedicate themselves to using computer programs that will be very beneficial for their practice and for their patients. References Anderson, L. Hurston. (2004). “Integrated Office Technology: How Technology Can Help Improve Office Efficiency.” American Dental Association, vol 18-22. D.F. Sittig, M. Kirshner, & G. Maupome. (2003). “Grand Challenges in Dental Informatics.” Adv Dent Res, vol. [...]
[...] 17: 4-8. Schleyer, T.K. (2003). “Dental Informatics: A Work in Progress.” Adv Dent Res, vol. 17: 9-15. D.F. Sittig, M. Kirshner, & G. Maupome. (2003). “Grand Challenges in Dental Informatics.” Adv Dent Res, vol. 17: 16. [...]
[...] According to Schleyer, dentistry has not succeeded in building such systems. We continually create and maintain many separate and independent stores of individual and aggregate data and information. Once it becomes possible to consolidate these various computer systems into one superior system to which all dentist practitioners have access to, the major challenge to dental informatics will be solved. In order to understand this challenge and eventually overcome it, we must understand the underlying problems that prevent such integration. One obstacle is the unwillingness of certain dentists to implement computer systems into their practice, preferring to use paper documents and only the most basic computer technology. [...]
[...] “Computer Literacy, Skills and Knowledge Among Dentists and Dental Care Professionals (DCP's) within Primary Care in Scotland.” Informatics in Primary Care, vol Schleyer, T.K. (2003). “Dental Informatics: A Work in Progress.” Adv Dent Res, vol. 17: 10. Anderson, L. Hurston. (2004). “Integrated Office Technology: How Technology Can Help Improve Office Efficiency.” American Dental Association, vol 20-21. Anderson, L. Hurston. (2004). “Integrated Office Technology: How Technology Can Help Improve Office Efficiency.” American Dental Association, vol Schleyer, T.K. [...]
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