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The International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization (IHTSDO ) annual business meeting will take place on April 7-10, 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Many of its committees and working groups will also meet at that time including the IHTSDO Dental Specialty Interest Group (SIG), which meets April 8, 2013. The IHTSDO Dental SIG was created as part of the American Dental Association and IHTSDO license agreement in May 2012 that resulted in the acceptance of the American Dental Association’s Systematized Nomenclature of Dentistry (SNODENT) as a subset of IHTSDO’s SNOMED CT®. The Dental SIG’s work will make SNODENT dental terminology content available to the oral health community, researchers, academia and Electronic Health Record Systems vendors and, in particular, to dentists who participate in the EHR Meaningful Use program. SNOMED CT is a standard terminology approved for use in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Meaningful Use Incentives Programs. The Dental SIG’s main responsibilities include reviewing the proposed dental content, updating existing dental content and development and implementation of related projects.

Through this work, SNODENT content will be widely available for the benefit of patients and global health, including national health systems in Europe, Asia, the Western and Southern Pacific and the Americas. SNODENT enables the capture of information at a level of detail appropriate for the provision of oral healthcare. The availability of SNODENT content in dental EHR systems will enable oral health providers to gather detailed clinical findings to facilitate performance analysis with rich data as well as enable the provision of large populations of consistent data for research and development of evidence-based practice. It will mean a significant opportunity for growth of the science of dentistry worldwide.

As part of the ADA/IHTSDO agreement , the Dental SIG is to be chaired by a representative chosen by the American Dental Association. Dr. Mark Jurkovich, a member of the ADA Council on Dental Benefits Programs, is the current chair of the IHTSDO Dental SIG. Dr. Jurkovich will travel to Denmark to convene the IHTSDO Dental SIG, identify priorities, and develop a work plan for the future.
Information about the IHTSDO Dental SIG, including instructions for participation, is available here.


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