Indiana University School of Dentistry creates informatics program

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Indianapolis-based Indiana University School of Dentistry plans to establish a dental informatics program, according to a Nov. 12 news release.

IU School of Dentistry will leverage electronic dental and medical records to develop an interoperable database. Researchers hope to use the data to advance knowledge on oral health problems that cause medical conditions.

After collecting and analyzing the data, IU School of Dentistry plans to share the findings with other dental offices to enhance oral disease prevention and treatment.

The new program will be created in partnership the Regenstrief Institute. This is one of the few dental informatics programs in the U.S. that is linked to a clinical data repository managed by a regional health information exchange.

"When we look at unmet health needs, oral health is one of the most significant," said Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch, DDS, PhD, dean of the IU School of Dentistry. "With this new partnership between the dental school and Regenstrief Institute we will be well positioned to use the growing amount of data being collected by dentists and researchers to advance oral health and overall health for individuals everywhere."

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