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2012: The Evolution of Oral Health Care Delivery

In 2012, the Institute for Oral Health placed special focus on innovations that are evolving the dental profession, and advancing efforts to meet the urgent need for more effective, efficient, and affordable dental care across the nation.

Our 2012 IOH Conference in Boston, MA brought together experts who shared a wide range of progressive approaches for innovating the care delivery business model. Some highlights from the conference included:

  • Using "distruptive innovation" to drive change – Best-selling author and expert in business innovation, Clayton Christensen, emphasized how a strong theory can often be the most powerful lever for taking action that steers the future. For example, using technology to advance the capabilities of low cost venues of care and low cost caregivers could help make healthcare more affordable and accessible. Read the whitepaper >

  • Aligning reimbursement with quality improvement – To transform dental care delivery, we need to build buy-in with providers and payers, and that means transforming our revenue model. The future of dental care could benefit from basing reimbursement on metrics such as outcomes that validate whether quality care was provided, and capacity for a dental office' to deliver quality care in terms of their infrastructure and processes. As an example, the DentaQuest Preventistry Incentive Program rewards dentists for providing precentive care to higher risk patiences to improve health outcomes. Read the whitepaper >

  • Innovating safety net dental programs - Through an innovative business model, the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas is successfully serving many thousands of low-income families in the poorest part of the state. Early on, they invested in technology to optimize efficiencies and give them the agility to meet the demand for care. They manage their workforce by recruiting young, local dentists who are eager to help their communities, and promote oral health care through integration with their primary care services, outreach efforts, offering dental services at community sites, and more. Read the whitepaper >