Teledentistry Overview: United States of America
This paper describes current teledentistry practices in the United States of America. The health landscape of the country is reviewed and the emerging need for remote health services discussed. The origins, current guidelines, legal issues, and financial arrangements for teledentistry are described. Specific attention is paid to emerging teledentistry programmes throughout the country, including a case study of a successful and expanding teledentistry programme in the state of Oregon. Although the literature has long touted the health and economic benefits associated with teledentistry, it has become clear that this technology has generally outpaced policymaking and regulatory agencies. This paper attempts to contextualise and review leading developments in teledentistry to aid in the dissemination of otherwise fragmented efforts and experiences.
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