The Virtual, Global Community
for Anyone Interested in Dental Informatics
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This community will help you to find resources in the dental informatics and dental technology field as well as connect you to other people to share ideas, problems and research opportunities. Become member #1501! Learn more about members and what they do on the DIOC.
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Dental informatics at the ADEA: Lots of interesting dental informatics topics at the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) 2012 Annual Session in Orlando. Check it out.
New ADEA Dental Informatics Secretary: The American Dental Education Association's (ADEA) Dental Informatics section elected David B. Rankin to the role of Secretary during the 2012 ADEA annual meeting in Orlando, FL. David has been the Information Technology director at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry since January 31, 2011, and has been working in technology since 1984. Mr. Rankin believes as Technologists at dental schools we should work with the faculty to use technology to facilitate better Oral Health care decisions, we should leverage technology to improve training dental students and we should look for opportunities to give dental researchers better and innovative ways to capture and analyze their data. Mr. David Rankin's Bio.
New Book: Integration of Medical and Dental Care and Patient Data. valerie j h powell rt(r) phd (17 ), franklin din (17 ), amit acharya (34 ) and Miguel Humberto Torres-Urquidy (11 ) (Eds.) seek to optimize the delivery of healthcare by stating why isolated components of healthcare delivery need to work together, by asserting how health information technology (HIT) can help these components collaborate to improve care quality and patient safety, by documenting how existing barriers stand in way of interdisciplinary collaborative practice supported by HIT, and by recommending how to remove such barriers. Link to book.
Article on Social Media in Dental Education: Social media are part of the fabric of today's world, from which health care is not excluded. Based on its distribution capacity, a single individual can cause an amount of damage to an institution that only a few decades ago required access to a mainstream news media outlet. A need for regulation with regard to the use of social media seemed to have caught the eye of the medical profession, but did not seem to penetrate the dental community with the same level of attention. Drs. Spallek and Oakley realized that their institutions or professions could potentially be cast in a negative light by social media postings. Read more.
Dentists and physicians should work together: Recent study suggests inadequate coordination of care between dentists and medical doctors presents a barrier to comprehensive management of patients with diabetes. The authors present a model of how new technologies can be used to improve transfer of clinical information between specialties and optimize care coordination for patients with diabetes. Read more.
Join The International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations (IFDEA): The IFDEA is a global community of dental educators who have joined together to improve oral health worldwide by sharing knowledge and raising standards. It's free to become a member and you can have access to multiple resources for educators including educational teaching tools, patient education resources, and more. Join now.
Call for participation in Dental Education website: The International Foundation for Dental Education is a freelance website (by jean-marc retrouvey (8 )) designed to promote quality dental knowledge for patients, dental students and general practitioners in the field of dentistry. To grow, the site needs participation from experts in all fields of dentistry. Visit the site.
Postdoctoral Associate Position at the Center for Dental Informatics: The University of Pittsburgh postdoctoral associate will play a key role in two NIH-funded research projects that aim to improve the management of electronic patient data in dentistry and to facilitate their reuse for research. Find out more about the position.
Bioinformatics study findings could lead to screening test for safely taking medications: Columbia University College of Dental Medicine researchers have identified a genetic variation that raises the risk of developing serious necrotic jaw bone lesions in patients who take bisphosphonates. The discovery paves the way for a genetic screening test to determine who can safely take these drugs. The author believes that one day we will be able to use genomic data in the dental clinic to improve dental care. They are working towards the concept of personalized medicine's full implementation in Dentistry. Read more.
The Virtual World Congress of Dental Students, May 9-11, 2012: This project gives every dental student a chance to present a scientific paper to colleagues and teachers and be awarded. The goal is to encourage students to take part in research activities or conduct their own research projects, to increase communication and collaboration among dental schools. Find out more.
New Blog on the DIOC: The DIOC has created a Blog on data, computing and technology in dentistry. The first blog entry explains what the blog is about, and is looking for topics from DIOC members. We plan to post on the blog about 2-3 times a month.
Association of American Medical Colleges Call for Information Technology Submissions: The 2012 Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference, being sponsored by the AAMC Group on Information Resources (GIR), will focus on how technology is and can assist in organizational change, improving processes and supporting collaborative efforts in medical education, research, and clinical service. Conference is June 4-6, 2012. ADEA members and other health professionals are welcome. Get more information.
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