Dental Informatics in India: Time to Embrace the Change ZE12-ZE15
Dr. Kumar Gaurav Chhabra,
Reader, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Jodhpur Dental College General Hospital,
Narnadi, Boranada, Jodhpur – 342001, Rajasthan, India.
Dental informatics is comparatively a juvenile and new field that has noteworthy potential for supporting clinical care, research, education and management. This field utilizes computer science, information sciences and the application of same to espouse dentistry. However, in the under-developed and developing countries almost most of the dentists are unacquainted about dental informatics, its goals, what it is capable of achieving and by what means they can get involved into it. Despite of emerging advances, certain conflicts also go along with it such as, professional under representation, security issues of the stored information due to universal access to computers high speed internet connections. Endnote software was used as resource material to collect literature which was carefully arranged in a synchronized way. Hence, the purpose of this review was to give an overall scenario of dental informatics, its applications, challenges and recommendations for further enhancement in this area.