The two groups announced this month that they are joining forces to launch the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, a $10 million competition to build a handheld, mobile device able to quickly diagnose a range of health problems and measure real-time information such as respiratory rate and blood pressure.
As geeky as this may seem it would have immediate uses in dentistry as well as medicine. Just scan every patient upon arrival and record their vitals instantly in the digital record. A smart program would look at the info and immediately alert the staff if there was a significant change or sign of pathology. The tricorder could also be used to monitor patients during treatment or as an adjunct to more advanced diagnosis.