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March 2012
New Book: Integration of Medical and Dental Care and Patient Data. valerie j h powell rt(r) phd (17 star_red), franklin din (19 star_red), amit acharya (34 star_turquoise) and Miguel Humberto Torres-Urquidy (11 star_purple) (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.

March 2012
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.

February 2012

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 star_purple) ) 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.

January 2012

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.

October 2011

American Dental Association Annual Meeting: Dr. Condoleezza Rice is the distinguished speaker at the 2011 meeting in Las Vegas. ADA showcases a website listing detailed information on all ADA Accepted products. ADA members are able to attend the meeting virtually. Read more.

August 2011

Caries Detector Wins Technology Award for a Second Year. Air Techniques, Inc., a leading dental equipment manufacturer and developers of Spectra Caries Detection Aid, has been recognized as one of 16 companies to receive the Pride Institute's Best of Class Technology Award for 2011. Read more.

NIDCR Requests Input on Research Initiatives for FY 2013. Proposed themes include Craniofacial development and disorders, and diagnostic imaging. See details.

July 2011

Human-computer Interaction Position at the Center for Dental Informatics: The position will employ user-centered design methodologies to develop user interface design concepts, prototypes and design/training documents for Digital Vita (http://di.dental.pitt.edu/orc/), an innovative research networking system. Position has been filled.

Shared Resources & the Use of Technology. Elise S. Eisenberg, D.D.S., M.A. presents at the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation Liaisons Meeting. Topics include open educational resources, podcasts, challenges, and more. See her presentation.

Dental Informatics on iTunes. The University of Pittsburgh Center for Dental Informatics begins to publish research seminars and presentations on iTunes. View podcast.

Surveillance of dental pain on Twitter. The JDR publishes NIH-funded study on use of Twitter for public health surveillance of dental pain. See details.

March 2011

Dental Informatics Postdoctoral Fellowship. The position at Marshfield Clinic will provide cutting edge training for a researcher who has a strong interest in solving biomedical problems requiring strengths in both computational and biological science. See application details.

ADEA Dental Informatics Section elected new secretary. ADEA Dental Informatics Section elected new Councilor: Thankam P Thyvalikakath, from The University of Pittsburgh, Center for Dental Informatics.

February 2010

ADEA Dental Informatics Section elected new Councilor and secretary. ADEA Dental Informatics Section elected new Councilor: Muhammad Walji (3 star_blue), DDS from The University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston and a new secretary: amit acharya (34 star_turquoise), BDS, MS from the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation.

January 2010

Intern Position at Marshfield Clinic. Paid Dental Informatics Summer Intern Position at Marshfield Clinic. See details.

Press release for DIOC. Titus Schleyer elected to the American College of Medical Informatics. Read more here.

November 2009

Oral health research database. The University of Texas Dental Branch receives NIH grant to develop a searchable, interuniversity oral health research database. UT Dental Branch

October 2009

Dental schools left out of HITECH? Testimony to HIT Policy Committee sheds light on obstacles to electronic health record initiative.

September 2009

HITECH Act for dentists? Story about federal stimulus money for certified EHRs on iHealthbeat.

New Dental Informatics Book. The book, Dental Computing and Applications: Advanced Techniques for Clinical Dentistry has recently been published. Andriani Daskalaki presents the latest technological applications and advanced research findings of computing in clinical dentistry. More information including how to order can be found here.

Training for U.S. Dental Students. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute offers outstanding research training programs. Scholars will conduct basic, translational, or applied biomedical research and receive benefits like annual compensation, health insurance, moving expenses, and more. Application deadline is January 10, 2010. visit: www.hhmi.org/cloister.

Strategic Plan released. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) has just completed drafting its Strategic Plan for 2009-2013. Explore the plan and how it relates to Dental Informatics research.

August 2009

Dental informatics career. Given the rapid move towards health information technology in the US, this may be the right time to invest in a career in dental informatics. Dental Tribune International.

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