|Teledentistry Network at Paraná, Brazil
M. C. Morita1, 5, E. E. Tanaka1, M. Fujimaki2, M. H. B. Pinto1, E. Schmitt3, A. E. Haddad4
1Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Londrina, Paraná, Brazil
2Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Brazil
3Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil
4Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
5Brazilian Dental Education, Brazil
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The use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) applied to health, either in education (distance learning) or health care (telecare) allowed the emergence of telemedicine and telehealth. The Teledentistry is one of the branches of telehealth. Centers of Teledentistry are being structured in educational institutions who attended the course of "Teledentistry: Training and support to Professors for the Use of ICT, social network and collaborative research in the health field". A partnership between the Dental School of Universidade de São Paulo (FOUSP) and Brazilian Dental Education Association (Associação Brasileira de Ensino Odontológico – ABENO) was established.
Among the Teledentistry Centers action plans, 6 dental schools in Paraná State, located in the Southern region of Brazil with 9 million inhabitants, 399 cities and 1199 oral health teams in the Family Health Program, came together to develop the "Paraná Teledentistry Network". The purpose of the network is to implement Teledentistry Centers at 6 partners’ universities, on which each dental school contributes with its thematic expertise. The key issues to be addressed, both in tele education and in telecare (second opinion) are: Humanization of dental care, imaging diagnosis, diagnosis of occlusal problems and temporal mandibular dysfunction, cariology, dental trauma and oral cancer.
It is expected that the Paraná Teledentistry network, by a collective and synergistic work, contribute to build and improve the oral health care network in Parana.
Keywords: Information technology, teledentistry