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Volunteers sought for ADA informatics standards projects

June 04, 2015

The ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics is seeking volunteers for working groups to develop five technical reports.

The recently approved work projects are:

  • Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1083 for Utilization of EDR to Support Clinical Quality Improvement will inform practitioners of the potential for the Electronic Dental Record to support quality improvement by the aggregation and analysis of data contained within the EDR system. The report will demonstrate the technical relationship of the EDR to patient data analysis and examples of how it can be applied for quality improvement.
  • Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1084 for Core Set of Reference Data for Communication Among Dental Information Systems will consist of a core set of standard reference values to be used to populate CCR (Continuity of Care Record) dental messages to help coordinate patient care among multiple providers. The core data set will assist system developers in providing messaging capabilities between different dental information systems.
  • Proposed ADA Technical Report No 1085 for Direct Secure Messaging will assess the suitability of direct secure messaging as a method for secure exchange of digital dental images and patient data. The report will offer practitioners practical guidelines for secure and interoperable exchange to help improve patient care, increase efficiency and achieve regulatory compliance.
  • Proposed ADA White Paper No. 1086 for Dental Personal Health Record will provide information on existing systems and protocols used to provide patient access to their health data in the EDR. The potential for providing individualized electronic Patient Dental Records will be investigated.
  • Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1087 for Essential Characteristics of Digital Oral Health Risk Assessment Resources will describe the essential characteristics of input and output elements, usability, security and privacy features of electronic tools that collect information for the purpose of creating estimates for specific oral diseases. These guidelines will provide the first step toward standardization of the data elements for interoperability of digital oral health risk assessment tools.

The ADA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute to develop American National Standards and technical reports for products and information technology used by the dental profession and by consumers. Currently, there are more than 90 national standards and more are under development. National standards developed by ADA serve the dental profession by ensuring product safety and efficacy for both clinician and patient and by providing information on new and emerging technologies. 

For more information on participating in the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics working groups, email standards@ada.org.