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Two new standards projects open for circulation, comment

The ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics has approved two new projects for circulation and comment—a proposed standard for establishing the functional requirements for an interoperable electronic dental health records system and a technical report addressing the interoperability of orthodontic health records.

Here are details:

• Proposed ADA Standard No. 1067 for Electronic Dental Record System Standard Functional Requirements.

This proposed standard is one of a sequence of ADA standards that are building a model for an interoperable computer-based patient health record. The sequence began with the publication of American National Standards Institute/ADA Standard No. 1000 for Standard Clinical Data Architecture (revised 2010) and continued with ANSI/ADA Standard No. 1039 for Clinical Concept Data Model (2006).  

Proposed ADA Standard No. 1067 addresses the functions performed by electronic dental practice management systems to document the dental health services provided.  SCDI Working Group 11.1 on Standard Clinical Data Architecture, using the Health Level Seven Electronic Health Record System Functional Model as a guideline, drafted these functional requirements. The working group included functional requirements that were considered essential in at least one dental care setting.

• Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1065 for Use Cases of the Orthodontic Health Record. 

SCDI Working Group 11.6 on Integration of Orthodontic Standards developed the proposed technical report. Its objective is to extend the electronic health record architecture defined in ANSI/ADA Standard No. 1000 to include orthodontic data elements for interoperable communication, diagnosis and treatment planning.

The first step in this process is to develop use cases to define the most common usage scenarios for the electronic health record within the scope of orthodontics. Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1065 includes 18 use cases that employ an interoperable electronic patient record in an orthodontic setting.

To obtain copies of draft specifications, call the ADA toll-free number, Ext. 2506, or email a request to standards@ada.org.