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Posted: lmgrade on  Sep 28 12:09:22 PM
Title: The feasibility of an electronic dental practice-based research network  
Titus Schleyer
Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Dental Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh
Sponsor: University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh  >  School of Dental Medicine
University of Pittsburgh  >  School of Dental Medicine  >  Center for Dental Informatics
Date: Sep 30, 2011 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: School of Dental Medicine (SALK HALL) 3501 Terrace Street :DPH conference room 384A

Abstract: Over the past seven years, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) invested $75 million in establishing three practice-based research networks (PBRNs). At present, research data in dental PBRN studies are recorded and entered into the computer through a process that is separate from that used to manage clinical data. The studies do not reuse data that a clinician may already have recorded in an electronic dental record (EDR). Thus, dental PBRNs forego the many benefits of reusing data from electronic patient records for research


The long-term goal of our research is to use data from EDRs to improve patient care and its outcomes. The objective of this project is to develop a generalizable method for extracting EDR data for practice-based clinical research, using Dentrix as the test system. In our first specific aim, we will determine the utilization of clinical data elements useful for research by practitioners by mining the electronic dental records of 100 Dentrix users and generating summary statistics about patient documentation patterns by data field. The second specific aim will develop a technical Infrastructure for extracting data from Dentrix and integrating them with manually collected research data. The main outcome of this project will be the electronic Dental Practice-Based Research Network (ePBRN), a generalizable method for extracting clinical data from EDRs and reusing them for practice-based research. This project is a first step in making the increasing amount of electronic clinical data available for improving research, clinical care and patient outcomes. 



About the presenter: Titus Schleyer, DMD, PhD, is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Dental Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh. He holds DMD degrees from the University of Frankfurt, Germany, and Temple University, Philadelphia, as well as a PhD degree in molecular biology from the University of Frankfurt and an MBA degree in Health Administration from Temple University. Dr. Schleyer has been active in dental informatics research since 1989, conducting seminal research on electronic dental records, and Internet applications, workflow and human-computer interaction in dentistry. Since 1997, Dr. Schleyer has been a recipient of a training grant for dental informatics from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Dr. Schleyer’s research on dental computer applications is primarily funded by the National Institutes of Health. He publishes regularly on dental informatics topics in major journals, such as the Journal of the American Dental Association and the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. In 2009, Dr. Schleyer was elected to the American College of Medical Informatics.

More information about Dr. Schleyer is available at



Directions: School of Dental Medicine (SALK HALL) 3501 Terrace Street is across the street from the Peterson Event Center.   Directions to DPH conference room 384A: Go in the front door of Salk Hall, take the elevator to the 3rd floor, exit the elevator and turn left to go around the scheduling desk. Turn right at the long hallway and proceed until you come to another set of elevators. The conference room is behind the elevators on the right side of the long hallway, the room is on the left side.


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