The University of Michigan School of Dentistry’s (U-M) information technology (IT) strategy for patient care has four pillars: cloud first, mobile, security and integration. In support of these pillars we have joined with the Universities of North Carolina and Pittsburgh, and Internet2 to work with ICE Health Systems as our cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) service provider. This partnership is known as the Collaboration for Health IT. The Collaboration for Health IT (Collaboration) is working to bring about significant and positive change in Electronic Health Records (EHR) software in order to advance patient care, research and education in the dental profession.
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.