The mission of the Dental Informatics Working Group is to serve as the focus for individuals and organizations with interest or involvement in health informatics with an emphasis on dental informatics. It is important to serve as a means of communication with other healthcare and informatics specialties to better improve all healthcare applications. The groups emphasis is on the sharing of expertise and experiences in the use of dental information systems, computer technology, and communications to improve patient care, research, and education.
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In Memory of Dr. Heather K. Hill
The AMIA Dental Informatics Working Group (DI-WG) is gracious to receive generous sponsorship and support in honor of Dr. Heather K. Hill from her husband, Dr. Daniel J. Pihlstrom. Dr. Heather Kraemer Hill, born on Sept. 10, 1973, in St. Paul, Minnesota, was the daughter of Gayle and Brian Hill. She earned a Bachelor of Science in 1996 and a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2000 from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in biomedical informatics in 2010 from Oregon Health & Sciences University. In 1997 she married Dr. Daniel Pihlstrom, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition to her husband, Daniel, she is survived by her daughters, Kira and Raquel Pihlstrom of Lake Oswego. She died on April 30, 2011, in Portland. She was also the DI-WG co-chair at that time and made significant contributions to the dental informatics field and community.
Dental Informatics Resources
The Dental Informatics Working Group (DI-WG) newsletter, DentFormatics, began January 2019 as a quarterly publication developed to keep members updated and connected to the working group. DentFormatics includes a variety of topics related to dental informatics research and practice, DI-WG activities, AMIA events, and highlights members of the dental informatics community.