COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY

UF will get $1.5 million to improve technology


Published: Friday, January 30, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 30, 2004 at 12:49 a.m.
The University of Florida's College of Dentistry, Gainesville Police Department and Alachua County Sheriff's Office are getting a financial boost from the federal government to bring some of their systems into the 21st century.
UF is slated to receive $1.5 million to improve technology so that patients at a UF-affiliated dental clinic in another part of the state could be seen electronically by a specialist in Gainesville, said Teresa Dolan, dean of the College of Dentistry.
UF, through its Distance Learning and Tele-Dentistry Network, operates community-based clinics in Gainesville, St. Petersburg, Hialeah and Tampa. It also partners with other facilities statewide.
"We have so many dental experts," Dolan said. "This extends their reach to locations across the state."
The technology also would link the clinics electronically, enabling them to have conferences simultaneously or share educational information.
U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Ocala, said he helped push through the legislation, which was signed by President Bush a week ago. "The University of Florida is central to the continued economic and educational development of our state and this funding will enhance the school's status as a premier institution of medical learning," Stearns said in a prepared statement.
Another $250,000 is going to be shared by the Sheriff's Office and GPD to create a shared crime statistics database and mapping system, which will enable law enforcement officers to more easily track and spot trends.
"This is definitely cutting-edge technology and will revolutionize the way we look at crimes," said Lt. Jim Troiano of the Sheriff's Office.
Janine Young Sikes can be reached at (352) 337-0327 or sikesj@gvillesun.com.

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