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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. Orthodontists and other orthodontic providers struggle unnecessarily to move their data around between different software applications.
Doctors, vendors and engineers are working together at PANIO to allow orthodontic systems to seamlessly communicate with each other:
- We are interacting with various organizations, like the American Dental Association (ADA), DICOM, Health Level 7 (HL7), American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE), JCEG Joint Cephalometrics Experts Group.
- 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.
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- Vendors: those who develop the systems that providers use to collect and store clinical data retrieved from patients.
- Providers: the doctors who provide medical care also by collecting and storing patient's data in systems developed by the vendors.
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It's exciting, because this means the government is serious about actual real interoperability: they want to define a way to measure how well medical software can communicate with each other.
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