According to the National Academy of Medicine, previously known as the Institute of Medicine, patient-centered care within health care has been identified as a crucial element of the care delivery process.1 Recognizing strategies to reduce incidence of chronic diseases, including oral-systemic association, and to improve effectiveness and efficiency of care through the application of informatics, is of paramount importance.2 The emergence of electronic health records has necessitated the capture and utilization of knowledge to support patient-centric care. At this digital frontier, technologic innovations in the field of dentistry and medicine have also been advancing. In addition to technologic innovations, knowledge surrounding oral and systemic association have created opportunities for improved cross-disciplinary care delivery, access, efficiency, and quality of oral and overall health care. Evidence suggest that application of clinical and research data through informatics platforms can facilitate this collaborative care.

The objective of this workshop is to equip attendees with practical competencies surrounding emerging concepts of clinical and research informatics that can be applied to various models of care across dental and medical practice. This introductory, interactive workshop brings together informatics researchers who leverage clinical and research data at point-of-care settings. The workshop covers the following broad areas:

a. Holistic care delivery across medical and dental domains: facilitating care delivery for oral-systemic associations
b. Dental public health: System-level health informatics use and applicability to integrated care delivery
c. Usability: User-friendly interfaces to facilitate dentistry and cross-disciplinary care delivery
d. Teledentistry: The importance of teledentistry in public health and dental informatics

1 Mills, I., Frost, J., Cooper, C., Moles, D., & Kay, E. (2014). Patient-centered care in general dental practice – a systematic review of the literature. BMC Oral Health, 14,16. doi: 10.1186/1472-6831-14-64
2 Liu, Y. & Rubin, D. (2012). The Role of Informatics in Health Care Reform. Academic Radiology, 19(9), 1094-1099. doi: 10.1016/j.acra.2012.05.006

Learning Objective: 1. Identify informatics applications in medicine and dentistry for effective cross-disciplinary care delivery
2. Recognize methods and strategies to improve patient-centered care
3. Understand dental informatics care models and best practices for usability, teledentistry, oral-systemic associations and dental public health
4. Formulate approaches to incorporate evidence based practices to improve quality of care and patient outcomes


Neel Shimpi (Presenter)
Marshfield Clinic Research Institute

Andrea Mahnke (Presenter)
Marshfield Clinic Research Institute

Sajeesh Kumar (Presenter)
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Jay Patel (Presenter)
Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University School of Dentistry

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