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Chapter-30 Computers in Dental Practice

BOOK TITLE: Fundamentals of Oral Medicine and Radiology

Author
1. DN Bailoor
ISBN
9788180615146
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/10318_30
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2005
Pages
10
Author Affiliations
1. Yenepoya Dental College and Hospital, Mangalore
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Abstract

Computers have become a routinely used tool in health care and dentistry is not far behind. In fact use of computerized history formats, film less imaging and teaching programs using digital media have reached mundane levels of utilization. With a strong broad band connectivity being taken up by private companies Internet has become a major platform for dissemination of information and e-commerce reaching the smallest villages in India. With internet and cyber media becoming a day-to-day reality, today’s dentist will have to rely heavily on his computer to update his knowledge, use internet based medical records systems to store data and send the patient pictures, radiographs and other information to specialist doctors for the purposes of tele-consulatation. On line CDE programs and rating of the knowledge by on line questionnaires will become a necessary for keeping dentists registration valid. Already we see that IT enabled dentistry is the way of the present and the future. Telemedicine, Tele-dentistry, and health diagnosis being given from remote locations by specialist doctors located in tertiary level hospitals has become a routine which Indian health care system needed very badly. In the following chapter we shall discuss basic principles keeping well in mind that a lot of information given is likely to become obsolete in less than a year!

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