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Standards committees offer draft reports on interoperability, elastomeric materials

April 20, 2015 The ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics has approved for circulation and comment a draft technical report on a standards-based protocol that provides interoperability among various vendor platforms.

“Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1085 for Implementation Guidelines for the Secure Transmission of Protected Health Information in Dentistry” covers technical specification and implementation guidelines for the secure transmission of protected health information based on the Direct Secure Messaging Protocol. Adoption of these policies and practices will give dental providers a simple, secure method of sending authenticated, encrypted health information directly to known and trusted recipients over the Internet.

Dentists can get insight about digital photography, interoperability and choosing effective hardware and software for their practices thanks to the work of the ADA SCDI, which aims to help dental practitioners streamline and empower their practices through the use of information technology.

Another report, “Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 19 Elastomeric Impression Materials,” from the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products, specifies the requirements and tests used to help determine whether elastomeric impression materials are of the quality needed for their intended purposes. This standard revises ANSI/ADA Standard No. 19:2004 (R2014).

The ADA SCDP provides standards to ensure the health and safety of dentists and patients by setting requirements for products that will deliver consistent quality and effectiveness.

Copies of the draft standards are available by calling 1-800-947-4746, Ext. 2506, or sending an e-mail request to

For more information about ADA’s work on dental standards, visit and search for “dental standards.”