Enormous potential exists to improve oral health services throughout the world by using information and communication technologies, such as teledentistry, to expand access to primary, secondary and tertiary care. Comparison of teledentistry procedures with standard clinical procedures can demonstrate the relative effectiveness and cost of each approach. However, due to insufficient evidence, it is unclear how these strategies compare for improving and maintaining oral health, quality of life, and reducing healthcare costs. Teledentistry has the potential to address the oral care needs of those who have limited access to care. More research is needed to establish the evidence base to support teledentistry practice. This webinar aims to provide an overview of teledentistry, discuss the importance of teledentistry to public health and dental informatics, and provide useful approaches and methods of teledentistry.
After participating in this activity, the learner should be better able to:
- Gain awareness of teledentistry and its importance in health informatics.
- Understand the current status and use of Teledentistry.
- Recognize evidence-based approaches in Teledentistry to improve quality of care and patient outcomes.
- Understand future trends in Teledentistry as a way to improve patient care.
Sajeesh Kumar, PhD
Department of Health Informatics and Information Management, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Professor Sajeesh Kumar, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Institute for Health Outcomes and Policy, Chair of Health Outcomes and Policy Research PhD program, and Associate Professor of the Department of Health Informatics & Information Management at the University of Tennessee-Memphis. Dr. Kumar’s research focuses on design and development of telehealth/teledentistry technology, public health education technologies, and technology evaluation. Dr. Kumar edited the first ever text book on teledentistry, entitled Teledentistry (Springer). At the College of Dentistry, UTHSC-Memphis, he is a committee member for MDH student admissions. Dr. Kumar teaches “Introduction to Research” and also directs capstone projects of MDH students. His research work has been published extensively in Journal of Dental Research, The Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene and Journal of Dental Hygiene.
Dr. Kumar has travelled to more than 30 countries and has extensive international experience in healthcare, education, and research works. Dr. Kumar has been involved in healthcare activities in the USA, Australia, Singapore, Netherlands, Seychelles, United Arab Emirates, and India. He has won several research awards, edited several books on telemedicine, published book chapters and scientific papers in high impact journals. Dr. Kumar holds an impressive record of competitive research funding and research awards. In his free time he is involved in flying single engine airplanes, music and voluntary social service to the needy.