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Standards committee offers new courses at ADA 2014

May 19, 2014

By Jean Williams

San Antonio—The ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics will offer two new courses Oct. 9-11 at ADA 2014—America's Dental Meeting.

SCDI will present the courses in partnership with the ADA Practice Institute.

Exchanging Digital Images and EHR Data for Patient Treatment is a free course worth one hour of continuing education credit. The course will demonstrate the transmission of a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliant email with an attached patient dental image through a third-party health information service provider, or HISP, which will provide encryption and will meet all necessary HIPAA requirements.

The course reflects the Standards Department's response to a 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. Gregory Zeller, SCDI chair. "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.

The course is planned as follows:

  • Thursday, Oct. 9, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (course 5360) and 3-4 p.m. (course 5361); 
  • Friday, Oct. 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m. (course 6360) and 2-3 p.m. (course 6361); 
  • Saturday, Oct. 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m. (course 7360).

Identifying Disaster Victims: Standards for Electronic Dental Patient Data also is a free course and is worth two hours of continuing education credit.

A panel of leading experts will instruct participants on the collection and coding of forensic dental data for exchange between national and international agencies and how standards help overcome the difficulty of exchanging this information.

The course is planned as follows: 

  • Thursday, Oct. 9, 12:30-2:30 p.m. (course 5310) and 4-6 p.m. (course 5311);
  • Friday, Oct. 10, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (course 6310) and 3-5 p.m. (course 6311);
  • Saturday, Oct. 11, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (course 7310).

"We've spent a lot of time working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology as well as national and international law enforcement groups like the FBI and Interpol, governments and forensic identification professional associations," Dr. Zeller said. "So everybody's come together to develop a way to exchange dental information on disaster victims and missing persons that need identification in a way that we can do it electronically and in a way that can be analyzed electronically to try to get matches."

To register for these courses, visit