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Electronic Health Record for Temporomandibular Joint Disorders - Support in Therapeutic Process

Author(s): Hippmann R, Nagy M, Dostálová T, Zvárová J, Seydlová M, Feltlová E

Our experimental work is engaged in creating a new type of Electronic Health Record (EHR) in the field of dentistry, especially for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders (TMD) and the main goal is creation of the comprehensive system, which would be a good basis for the decision support in the TMD therapy. Our EHR system is based on the Dental knowledge base, which is constructed in the application MUDR (Multimedia Distributed EHR) and then in the MUDRLite application. The MUDR Lite architecture is built on two tiers (relational database (e.g. MS SQL server) and User Interface layer (MUDRLite UI), which is described by an XML configuration file). These applications are creating the real graphical user application DentCross, which is connected with the ASR (Automatic speech recognition) system and TTS (Text-to-speech) module. Special TMD EHR is a part of the Dentcross and is created in the same applications. This part uses the RCD/TMD classification (Research diagnostic criteria for TMD). We present the Integrated Dental-TMJ EHR system, which allows recording patient's complex medical data in the field of dentistry. It affects the whole orthognathic system with its all components (especially TMD problematic) in the graphical form. The recording and data manipulation are enhanced with the ASR system and TTS module. This application has been constructed with an aim on ease of control and capability of covering medical information and should facilitate decision process in the therapy of TMD. The integrated Dental - TMJ EHR system represents whole patient's dental information, which is essential for the treatment plan creation. Connection with the ASR system and TTS module simplifies collecting of this information. Information is also well-arranged in the graphical form. Next step is continuation of clinical testing of the whole system and improvement of the ASR system and TTS module. The disadvantage of this system could be necessity of experience in operating with this system and ASR system functionality in the noisy background.