Health Workforce Innovations in Response to the COVID Pandemic
COVID-19: Guidance for the Use of Teledentistry
New methods of care need to be implemented during the pandemic to reduce exposure of patients and providers and maintain continuity of care even if services can't be offered in person for everyone.
For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, dentists should consider the use of teledentistry for the remote assessment, triage, and provision of dental care where possible and appropriate.
Teledentistry, which involves the use of information and communication technologies to provide care remotely, enables dentists to serve a variety of dental care needs while avoiding close contact with patients.
Teledentistry can be provided in a number of ways, including, as examples:
- Live video (synchronous): Live, two-way interaction between a person (patient, caregiver or provider) and a provider using audiovisual telecommunications technology.
- Store-and-forward (asynchronous): Transmission of recorded health information (e.g., radiographs, photographs, video, digital impressions and photomicrographs of patients) through a secure electronic communications system to a practitioner, who uses the information to evaluate a patient’s condition or render a service outside of a real-time or live interaction.
- Remote patient monitoring (RPM): Personal health and medical data collection from an individual in one location via electronic communication technologies, which is transmitted to a provider (sometimes via a data processing service) in a different location for use in care and related support of care.
- Mobile health (mHealth): Health care and public health practice and education supported by mobile communication devices, such as cell phones, tablet computers and personal digital assistants (PDA).