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Electronic Dental Record concepts, guidance for use laid out in report

March 20, 2017 Dental professionals who have questions or want to know more about electronic health records have a new resource to use from the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics.

The committee earlier this year published ADA Technical Report No. 1030, Dental Provider's Guide to the Electronic Dental Record, which discusses key concepts of the Electronic Dental Record and provides guidance on implementing an Electronic Dental Record system into dental offices.

The 28-page report, available at no cost to ADA members, is intended to give clinicians and other dental professionals a point of reference on the Electronic Dental Record, said Dr. Gary Guest, cochairman of the Standards Committee on Dental Informatics' working group that developed the report.

"This report will help people understand key components in an Electronic Dental Record," he said.

Over the past 25 years, computer-based systems supporting patient care have evolved from accounting and administrative information systems to digitally based patient record systems, according to the report.

The report attempts to clarify differences between the Electronic Dental Record and accounting and administrative information systems, Dr. Guest said.

The report also discusses the strides that have been made toward achieving a vision of an integrated record, wherein systems such as imaging, electronic record, administrative systems and communication systems are able to exchange information with each other, and with other systems, seamlessly.

The report may be downloaded at no cost to members available from the ADA catalog at ebusiness.ada.org or by calling 1-800-947-4746.