Dental telemedicine in California?

Looking at the headline of this release, you’d believe that the partners–University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, Verizon, MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity), the California Dental Association Foundation, the California Healthcare Foundation and other non-profits–would be using video conferencing to link dentists to the dentally underserved–low-income residents of the San Fernando Valley.  Instead the Verizon Foundation grant creates ‘virtual dental homes’ for these patients, where dentists electronically review patient dental records remotely, consulting with dental assistants and hygienists, then create a care plan that is implemented locally.  No video mentioned.  Worthy, but not what you might assume.  Release.