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 PANIO is the name of a project. The project's goal is to make the computer life of orthodontic providers easier.

There's a lot of great software and hardware to do a variety of different tasks in the orthodontic practice. Yet, more often than not, these systems don't know how to talk to one another. Doctors,vendors and engineers are working together at PANIO to study how to allow these systems to communicate with each other.

We are interacting with various organizations, like the American Dental Association (ADA), DICOM, Health Level 7 (HL7), American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE), Joint Cephalometrics Experts Group (JCEG).

We are defining, correcting, documenting and implementing existing informatics standards, to make them work for the orthodontic community.

We want the existence of an approved way of communicating orthodontic data. Something that developers can use to make their software or hardware work with software and hardware of other developers.