CDE: [Dental Informatics Selective Series] ft. Thankam P. Thyvalikakath, DMD, PhD

May, 2021
06:00 PM-08:00 PM

Presented virtually via Zoom Webinar

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm EST; This virtual lecture will begin promptly at 6:00 pm via Zoom Webinar.
Registration: FREE; Registration is still required.
CE Credits: 2.0 lecture credits
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The Role of Informatics in Improving Dental Care

Course Description

This session will review the meaning of biomedical informatics and its role in improving dental care. The presenter will also discuss the following projects: 1) use of electronic dental record data in private practices to assess treatment outcomes; 2) link data from disparate sources such as dental and medical records to investigate the impact of oral health on overall health, and 3) design intuitive user interfaces to support clinicians’ decision-making and improve patient care.

Learning Objectives
  • Define biomedical informatics and describe its role in improving oral and overall health.
  • Assess the survival time of posterior composite restorations (tooth-colored fillings), and root canal treatments performed in 99 US general dental practices.
  • Describe the significance of integrating dental and medical record data to improve care coordination between dental and medical providers
  • Describe the informatics approaches used to design intuitive user interfaces that support clinicians’ decision-making.

Dr. Thankam Thyvalikakath is the Founding Director of the Dental Informatics Program at the Indiana University School of Dentistry and Regenstrief Institute, Inc., Indianapolis, IN. Previously, she was faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School Of Dental Medicine from 2006-2013.

Dr. Thyvalikakath earned her Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She also holds a dental degree and certificate in clinical research from the University of Pittsburgh, a dental degree from the University of Kerala, India, and a master’s degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from the University of Calicut India. Dr. Thyvalikakath has served as Principal Investigator, co-investigator, or consultant on National Institutes of Health grants. Her research projects include leveraging electronic health record data for clinical research and assessing treatment outcomes; applying user-centered design and cognitive engineering methods to design clinical systems that support clinicians’ decision-making; implementation and evaluation of clinical decision support systems to promote preventive management, and facilitating health information exchange to enhance care-coordination between medical and dental care providers.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 2.0 continuing education credits.