ATSU-ASDOH receives $200K to expand Text2Floss

The A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) is launching the second phase of its Text2Floss initiative after receiving a $199,185 grant from DentaQuest Foundation's Innovation Fund for Oral Health.

The phase two proposal, "An Innovative Option to Improve Oral Health Behavior," outlines a plan to advance and expand the platform's HIPAA-compliant and short messaging system (SMS). The expansion introduces funding for an iPhone oral health app and integration of the Text2Floss SMS program with Dentrix Enterprise software from Henry Schein.

The integration with Dentrix software will facilitate two-way messaging between patient mobile phones and electronic patient records, while the feature offered to iPhone users will create easier access to the Text2Floss text messaging program.

Both products will be pilot-tested at the ATSU-ASDOH-affiliated San Ysidro Health Center in San Diego County. A phase one pilot study was conducted in 2012 using the standard SMS technology.

Also leading the Text2Floss initiative are ATSU-ASDOH partners CellTrust and Riester.

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