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Collaboration for Oral Health Education Practice and Research

Group Chair(s):
Lynn Johnson
Internet2 Liaison(s):
Dana Voss
Group Type:
Working Group
Group Areas(s):
Health & Life Sciences
We are a Community of Practice in dental medicine working together to guide ICE Health Systems to enable us to advance education, clinical healthcare and research.

Founding Project Charter

Founding Strategic Goals

As advanced technology became readily available, the leadership at Internet2 along with senior personnel from the universities of Michigan, Pittsburgh, and North Carolina Chapel Hill, a number of private clinicians and ICE Health Systems established a vision of using technology to rapidly advance clinical healthcare, teaching and research. In doing so, these priorities were identified as the areas of focus for the group.

Collaboration Priorities

  •  Use advanced technology
  • Expand patient pools for research
  • Improve access to data
  • Delegate the critical focus on security and regulation to the experts
  • Reduce EHR costs
  • Have direct and ongoing governance regarding the system and the data
  • Ensure system is interoperable and interoperable with medical systems

The address for the Big Data for Oral Health Knowledge Working Group wiki is:


The collaboration thus far is made up of the following participants and members:

Founding Collaborators and Participants

  • University of Michigan (Sponsor)
  • University of North Carolina (Founding Collaborator)
  • University of Pittsburgh (Founding Collaborator)
  • ICE Health Systems
  • Internet2


  • Institution Members
    • Lynn Johnson (University of Michigan)
    • David Rankin (University of North Carolina)
    • Patrick Hetehrington (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Industry Members
    • Mark Genuis (ICE Health Systems)
  • Internet2
    • Dana Voss (Internet2)


  • Joe Kerr (University at Buffalo)
  • Heiko Spallek (University of Sydney)

However, the collaboration is now expanding and welcomes inquiries from new member institutions.  See below for more detailed information.

Brief History

The Collaboration was created with the vision of contributing substantially to the education, research and clinical work within oral healthcare. We began working with ICE Health Systems to define the requirements for a new generation of Electronic Health Record system. With this system now available, we are working to take full advantage by refining the system to continuously evolve with our needs as well as to fulfill the education, research and clinical objects with which we started.

What is an institution?

As part of this next phase of our efforts, we welcome new collaborating institutions. An institution is defined as a dental school, dental/medical facility providing care, research and education services.

What is expected of my institution if we get involved?

All collaborators are invited to participate at the level that suits them best. Participation in one or more committees, based on expertise and interest is encouraged as well as involvement at one of the two in-person meetings held each year.

Does my institution need to be an ICE client?

No. The two main branches of the collaboration are (1) the continued refinement of ICE as the system we have helped develop in order to achieve our goals (2) the governance and utilization of the ICE data warehouse. For the first branch, it does make sense that your institution is using ICE in order for you to have an interest in enhancing the system. For the data warehouse work, there is no requirement or need to be a client of ICE Health Systems. While ICE does provide the services associated with the warehouse, the data governance and work are conducted independent of the health record system.

Contact us to inquire further:

upcoming events

Watch here for further details on upcoming events (posted as appropriate).