Successfully implementing and using health information technology (HIT) requires more than just knowledge about technology. This graduate certificate prepares you to examine the role of health information technology in dentistry to improve patient care processes and outcomes.
The Graduate Certificate in Dental Informatics is a 12-month, 15-credit hour graduate certificate program. This certificate is designed to meet the requirements of advanced health informatics certification examination through the AMIA.
Dental Informatics professionals oversee information systems utilized in dental practices and develop technology to improve dental care. The duties of Dental Informatics professionals include:
- Developing theoretical models – designed to improve dental research. For example, researchers seeking cures for oral cancers need to be able to quickly access information about cancer growth, current medical procedures, and symptoms. Research models can also be used to test hypotheses and treat disease.
- Developing and setting up computer applications – that make patient information and records accessible for dentists. Dental informatics specialists are developing approaches to retrieve information from electronic dental records for research, patient care and administrative purposes. These approaches include querying structured data and utilizing text mining approaches such as natural language processing and deep learning models to query unstructured data such as clinical notes for the information of interest.