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2010 Focus Group #2: Oral Health in Healthcare Reform

April 24-25, 2010 - St. Louis, MO 

With our second 2010 focus group, experts discussed how healthcare reform and other innovative solutions can help stem the crisis of early children caries by improving dental care access and preventive treatment. Additionally, the group explored technology advances that can help dentistry integrate with medicine and play a more prominent role as an integral part of total patient care.

Discussion topics:

  • Promoting children’s dental care reform to promote early detection and prevention of early childhood caries.
  • Bringing dental care to thousands of children in need at the innovative new Center for Pediatric Dentistry in Seattle, WA.
  • Driving oral health improvement with electronic dental records that integrate with medical records and support advanced data analytics.
  • Understanding the benefits of health information technology (IT) for advancing evidence-based standards and integration with medicine.

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Panel of Experts

Led by IOH Director, Mary Ellen Young, RDH, MHA, the group featured presentations and discussion with the following experts:

  •  Joel Berg, DDS, MS - Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Washington; Director of Dentistry, Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Franklin M. Din, DMD, MA - Executive Director Medical Informatics, Global Healthcare, Hewlett-Packard
  •  Burton Edelstein, DDS, MPH -Professor of Dentistry and Health Policy & Management, Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery; Founder and Chair, Children’s Dental Health Project
  • Terry O’Toole, DDS - Director of Dental Healthcare Analysis, VA Office of Dentistry