The Virtual Dental Home: A Vision to Facilitate Access to Oral Health Care
Access to oral health care services is a global challenge. One program is leveraging the ease of technology use to facilitate access to populations that would otherwise be deprived.
Drs. Paul Glassman and Andrew Tseu joined me in this interview to speak about the Virtual Dental Home program that was developed by Dr. Glassman and has been implemented by the Hawai’i State Department of Health under the oversight of Dr. Tseu. The program has proven very successful and is now extending from the Big Island of Hawai’i to the island of Maui.
It is always encouraging to know that there are alternative approaches that offer real solutions to the age-old issue of access to oral health care.
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Through a public-private partnership, the Hawaiʻi Department of Health, Pacific Center for Special Care at the University of the Pacific’s School of Dentistry, the HDS Foundation and other community partners are changing the future trajectory of Hawaiʻi’s children by using a proven virtual dental home program to improve their oral health and overall health.
The teledentistry program, or virtual dental home, is an innovative system that makes it easy for patients to receive diagnostic and preventive services in community settings. Developed by Dr. Paul Glassman, professor of dental practice and director of the Pacific Center for Special Care at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, the program aims to improve care for under-served populations.
The partnership has successfully demonstrated the value of the teledentistry pilot project in West Hawaiʻi over the past two years. As a result, the HDS Foundation is providing funding for a third year. The HDS Foundation contributed about $315,000 in the first two years of the pilot and this year will allocate an additional $319,000 to continue the pilot.
In addition, the HDS Foundation committed $125,000 for the first year of a three-year project on Maui to and increase the ability of the program to operate there five days a week. The Hawaii Medical Service Association Foundation is also contributing $125,000 to expand the successful program to Maui.
Full Interview (28.41″)