The most common misconception is that TeleOrthodontic treatment is the same as “Do-it-yourself” orthodontics. This couldn’t be further from the truth.Through the use of information technology and the digital health record, orthodontists are able to, in real time or in a store-and-forward method, utilize teledentistry to diagnose, treatment plan, render treatment and monitor treatment progress of patients. Do-it-yourself orthodontics, either Do-it-Yourself Braces or Do-it Yourself Aligners, on the other hand, does not involve a doctor in any part of the process.
TeleOrthodontics is the use of electronic information, imaging and communication technologies, including interactive audio, video, data communications as well as store and forward technologies, to provide and support Orthodontic care delivery, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, transfer of dental information and education via HIPPA compliant platforms.
It can include virtual consultations and high-tech monitoring of patients which offer less expensive and more convenient care options for patients. TeleOrthodontics reflects a broader, changing healthcare landscape that is moving toward innovation, integration and convenient care. These days, it’s become commonplace for customers to purchase contacts, conduct banking and prepare taxes online. TeleOrthodontics is proof that the dental industry is embracing innovation, too.
TeleOrthodontics is proven to:
Visits to dental offices began to drop in 2003 and have remained on a steady decline. Using telehealth systems to connect providers with patients has become an important tool for improving the oral health of patients conveniently.
TeleOrthodontics has been shown to reduce the cost of care and increase efficiency through reduced travel times, shared professional staffing and fewer in-person appointments.
In 2013, 52 percent of hospitals utilized telehealth, and another 10 percent were beginning the process of implementing telehealth services.
Recent studies on the use of telehealth services have shown that 70 percent of patients are comfortable communicating with their healthcare providers via text, email or video in lieu of seeing them in person, and 76 percent of patients prioritize access to care over the needs for face-to-face interactions with their healthcare providers. In fact, 30 percent of patients already use computers or mobile devices to check for medical or diagnostic information.
Approximately 20 percent of Americans live in rural areas where they do not have easy access to dentists and other medical services. Teledentistry eliminates the need to travel long distances and can help health care providers supplement clinician staffing in areas where they are understaffed. It also allows providers to expand their reach to patients beyond their own offices. Teledentistry has a unique capacity to increase providers’ services to millions of new patients.
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American Telemedicine Association
University of the Pacific
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