Current State of Teledentistry in Chile

DOI: https://doi.org/10.29086/JISfTeH.7.e12

Keywords: telemedicine, health services, oral health, teledentistry, Chile

Abstract

Chile is a country where the geography and territorial distribution of the population make healthcare a constant challenge. Despite a reported improvement on oral health indicators, some levels of inequality are still noted in terms of access to healthcare services. In this context, teledentistry has been considered an effective tool to respond to the population’s healthcare needs. The aim of this paper is to present the current state of teledentistry in Chile. This paper describes the initiatives and programmes of teledentistry developed in Chile, the ethical and legal aspects, financing sources and pending challenges for its consolidation. It is expected that teledentistry will contribute toward an increase in coverage and access to specialists, improve the appropriateness of referrals and reduce costs of specialist care.

Author Biography

Carlos Zaror, Universidad de La Frontera

Centre for Research in Epidemiology, Economics and Oral Public Health (CIEESPO), Faculty of Dentistry, Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile

Servicio de Salud del Reloncaví, Puerto Montt, Chile

 

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Published
2019-05-03
How to Cite
Zaror, C., Vergara-Gonzalez, C., Ibalaca, N., Olmos, J. P., & Perez, S. (2019). Current State of Teledentistry in Chile. Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and EHealth, 7, e12 (1-6). https://doi.org/10.29086/JISfTeH.7.e12
Section
Special Theme : Telehealth in Dentistry