Poor user interfaces have slowed the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and created new types of errors in health records (1). Eloptico, a certified developer of Google Glass interfaces for EHRs, has partnered with the Collaboration for Health IT to explore the use of Google Glass with dental EHRs. Specifically Eloptico has developed a Google Glass interface for ICE Health Systems that allows the provider to “speak” into the Google Glass and have the information automatically recorded into the ICE EHR.
The Challenge: The healthcare community shows great concern for the privacy and security of patient data, yet health information remains at risk from improper stewardship. We regularly hear news of care disruptions due to ransomware 2,9, unencrypted laptops with health data being lost or stolen 3,4, companies being fined for insecure practices 5,6, and humiliating public notices of Protected Health Information (PHI) breaches 7,8. The business of selling PHI on the black market is lucrative and healthcare cybercrime continues to grow.
The United Nations Declaration on Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) recognizes that oral diseases, which includes dental caries, pose a major health burden for many countries, and that NCD diseases (e.g., dental caries, diabetes, etc.) share common risk factors and can benefit from common responses. Furthermore, the WHO Global Action Plan has stressed that the unequal distribution of NCD is ultimately due to the inequitable distribution of social determinants of health (SDH), and that action on these determinants, both for vulnerable groups and the entire population, is essential to create inclusive, equitable, economically productive and healthy societies.
These days, people are more connected than ever before. This is true in private life as well as in the workplace where technology facilitates cross-departmental communication, regardless of geographical location. However, cooperation between academics is often limited for a variety of reasons. The Collaboration for Health IT is a good example of an inter-institutional collaboration facilitated through and geared towards the adoption of cloud-based technology. But, how do we manage to efficiently collaborate with the academic or professional staff member next door?