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Electronic Dental Records (EDR) Implementation

1. What should I look for in an Electronic Dental Record (EDR) Solution?

Every dental practice has different work flow, thus their needs may differ. Ideally, a solution in which Electronic Dental Records (EDR), Dental Imaging, and Practice management operate on a single platform often works much more smoothly than interfacing standalone products.

2. What steps do I take to help ensure the successful implementation of an EDR in my busy dental practice?

  1. Assess your practice readiness, operation and future goals.
  2. Create a business plan that will help your practice to increase outcomes and achieve goals.
  3. Know your dental practice work flow and efficiencies.
  4. Identify and select the right vendor for you.
  5. Review the contract with the vendor carefully with a qualified attorney.
  6. Create an implementation action plan.
  7. If your practice is a HIPAA covered entity, conduct a risk assessment and update your policies and procedures as appropriate.
  8. Develop and implement a business continuity plan.
  9. Communicate the implementation milestones openly to your staff.
  10. Work closely with your EDR vendor to train your staff.
  11. Test the system.
  12. Finalize the rollout go live strategy.
  13. Plan a realistic Go Live Date.

Contact EHR

American Dental Association
Department of Dental Informatics
Phone: 312.440.2500
Email: EHR@ada.org
ADA business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. U.S. Central Time.