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Presentation helps dentists navigate exchanging digital information

October 20, 2014

By Stacie Crozier

San Antonio — Although the senders and receivers were only yards away from each other on the Interoperability DICOM stage at ADA 2014 — America's Dental Meeting, actors portraying referring dentists and specialists sent secure, private and compliant files back and forth through a server in New Jersey during Exchanging Digital Images and EHR Data for Patient Treatment, a one-hour teledentistry course on the exhibit floor.

The course, which ran five times during the annual meeting, showed dentists how to evaluate digital electronic health record and imaging system features for successful exchange of data, to improve methods for securely exchanging and transmitting digital patient images and data and use standards-based criteria for sharing patient images and EHR data among different vendor systems.

Dr. Gregory Zeller, chair of the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics, walked participants through five case studies using Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliant emails with attached dental images.

The demonstration showed dentists the real-world process they can use among a variety of vendor systems to share data, Dr. Zeller told the crowd.

The course was developed in response to an ADA House of Delegates request to standardize the secure exchange of patient data between parties.

"It's what the House of Delegates requested on behalf of practicing members that face this problem every day in their real-world practice," said Dr. Zeller. "It's not theoretical. It's, 'How do I handle this problem right now that I have?' It's using products that people have in their offices right now, their imaging systems and their email and their electronic health records, real-world systems that people have."