Promoting Research by Standardization of Caries Risk Assessment

I just returned from the annual COHRI Winter Meeting which was held in Vancouver, Canada. During the meeting, I had a chance to talk to Dr. Joel White, Professor in the Division of Biomaterials and Bioengineering, Division of General Dentistry, Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, School of Dentistry University of California, San Francisco about his leading role in COHRI’s CAMBRA workgroup which currently includes 57 members. The CAMBRA group was formed to standardize the caries risk assessment form in an electronic health record across dental institutions. His group also has developed a COHRI CRA Short form, which includes 6 questions to determine caries risk. This COHRI CRA Short form includes clinical decision support and automatically calculates caries risk based on the answers to the 6 questions.

Please watch the interview:

If you are interested in the fully operational electronic patient record form, just send me an e-mail to Joel at whitej@dentistry.ucsf.edu and he can have the COHRI CRA and COHRI Short Form loaded on your school’s test/train/live axiUm server.

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Heiko
Associate Dean, Office of Faculty Development and Information Management
Associate Professor, Dental Public Health, Center for Dental Informatics
School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
http://researchgateway.ctsi.pitt.edu/dvprofiles/hspallek

Promoting Research Using Diagnostic Codes

During the annual COHRI Winter Meeting which was held in Vancouver, Canada, I had a chance to talk to Dr. Elsbeth Kalenderian, Chair, Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, Chief of Quality, Harvard Dental Center, Harvard School of Dental Medicine about her role in the development and implementation of the EZCodes dental diagnostic terminology. The EZCodes Dental Diagnostic Terminology was developed in 2009 by a diagnostic terminology research workgroup led by Dr. Kalenderian. Catalyzed by the Consortium for Oral Health Research and Informatics, the EZCodes Terminology has been adopted by 15 dental schools and numerous nonacademic institutions in the US and Europe, creating diagnostic centric care for over 2 million patient visits per year. The EZCodes have been mapped to the CDT and SNOMED terminologies. Recently, the group was just awarded ADA Gies Award “Collaborative pilot study of the impact of the use of the EZCodes dental diagnostic terminology in treatment planning on critical thinking skills of dental students as measured by the Health Science Reasoning Test.” The purpose of this project is to investigate whether or not the introduction and use of the dental diagnostic terminology (EZCodes) in treatment planning per the electronic health record (axiUm) can positively impact dental students’ critical thinking skills. This is a collaborative effort between the Medical University of South Carolina, Harvard and UT Houston.

Please watch the interview:

If you are interested in learning more about the EZCodes just contact Dr. Elsbeth Kalenderian at Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

CU
Heiko
Associate Dean, Office of Faculty Development and Information Management
Associate Professor, Dental Public Health, Center for Dental Informatics
School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
http://researchgateway.ctsi.pitt.edu/dvprofiles/hspallek