Medical providers' dental information needs: A baseline survey

Amit Acharya*, Andrea Mahnke, Po Huang Chyou, Carla Rottscheit, Justin B. Starren

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

5 Scopus citations


Articulation of medical and dental practices has been strongly called for based on the many oral-systemic connections. With the rapid development and adoption of electronic health records, the feasibility of integrating medical and dental patient data should be strongly considered. The objective of this study was to develop an initial understanding of the medical providers' core dental information needs and opinion of integrated medical-dental electronic health record (iEHR) environment in their workflow. This was achieved by administering a 13 question survey to a group of 1,197 medical care providers employed by Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, United States. The survey received a response rate of 35%. The responses were analyzed based on provider 'Role' and 'Specialty'. The majority of the respondents felt the need for patient's dental information to coordinate or provide effective medical care. An integrated electronic health record environment could facilitate this holistic patient care approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUser Centred Networked Health Care - Proceedings of MIE 2011
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781607508052
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Event23rd International Conference of the European Federation for Medical Informatics, MIE 2011 - Oslo, Norway
Duration: Aug 28 2011Aug 31 2011

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Other23rd International Conference of the European Federation for Medical Informatics, MIE 2011


  • Baseline Survey
  • Health Information Technology
  • Integrated Medical-Dental Electronic Health Record
  • Medical Providers' Dental Data Need
  • Medical-Dental Holistic Care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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