Improvements in dental care using a new mobile app with cloud services

Chia Yung Lin, Kang Lin Peng, Ji Chen, Jui Yuan Tsai, Yu-Chee Tseng, Jhih Ren Yang, Min Huey Chen*

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Abstract

Background/Purpose: Traditional dental care, which includes long-term oral hygiene maintenance and scheduled dental appointments, requires effective communication between dentists and patients. In this study, a new system was designed to provide a platform for direct communication between dentists and patients. Methods: A new mobile app, Dental Calendar, combined with cloud services specific for dental care was created by a team constituted by dentists, computer scientists, and service scientists. This new system would remind patients about every scheduled appointment, and help them take pictures of their own oral cavity parts that require dental treatment and send them to dentists along with a symptom description. Dentists, by contrast, could confirm or change appointments easily and provide professional advice to their patients immediately. In this study, 26 dentists and 32 patients were evaluated by a questionnaire containing eight dental-service items before and after using this system. Paired sample t test was used for statistical analysis. Results: After using the Dental Calendar combined with cloud services, dentists were able to improve appointment arrangements significantly, taking care of the patients with sudden worse prosthesis (p<0.05). Patients also achieved significant improvement in appointment reminder systems, rearrangement of appointments in case of sudden worse prosthesis, and establishment of a direct relationship with dentists (p<0.05). Conclusion: Our new mobile app, Dental Calendar, in combination with cloud services, provides efficient service to both dentists and patients, and helps establish a better relationship between them. It also helps dentists to arrange appointments for patients with sudden worsening of prosthesis function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)742-749
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Formosan Medical Association
Volume113
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2014

Keywords

  • Cloud computing service
  • Dental care
  • Mobile app
  • Telemedicine

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