Health Information Technology: Opportunities to Improve Children’s Oral Health

Public policymakers at every level of government have demonstrated growing interest in using information technology to improve the quality of healthcare while lowering costs.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009 is a strong indication of that support, with the law’s $19 billion investment in health information technology (HIT). However, little attention has been paid to unique opportunities to improve children’s health by incorporating children’s oral health into HIT initiatives.

This brief starts a dialogue within the public health, policymaking, pediatric, and dental communities about the opportunities and potential for HIT to improve children’s health – including children’s oral health.

Download: Health Information Technology: Opportunities to Improve Children’s Oral Health

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