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ADA Business Resources-endorsed DDS Safe helps dentists secure patient data

April 04, 2016 For Dr. Ryan Braden, Wisconsin Dental Association president, taking a hard drive with backed-up patient data back and forth to the office never seemed like the right solution for keeping his practice's records safe.

"I have enough things on my plate. I don't need to be worrying about 20 years' worth of patient data," said Dr. Braden, of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. "What if one of the hard drives was stolen or was lost? And HIPAA requires covered dental practices to have a system in place to keep patient records secure, so I decided to look for a better solution."

Dr. Braden found DDS Safe from The Digital Dental Record, a managed online data backup and recover solution endorsed by ADA Business Resources. The DDS Safe team provides a three-layer protection system that backs up all patient data online, to a workstation and on an in-office drive — ensuring patient records are not lost after disasters such as floods and fires, according to ADA Business Resources.

DDS Safe helps ensure that dental practices are meeting Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act standards.

"Data is encrypted using a 256-bit advanced encryption standard, plus we have two SAS-certified data storage centers," said Steve Newton, Digital Dental Record vice president. The software is compatible with both Mac- and Microsoft-based systems, he said.

"We have been a paperless office for many years," Dr. Braden said, "So it's crucial to know our data is backed up and I don't have to worry about it. If something were to crash at our office the DDS Safe team is in place to get it back. This helps me sleep at night knowing that no matter what happens, such as a flood, fire or any other disaster, my patient data is safe and secure."
ADA members are eligible to receive one month free of online data backup and recovery. For more information, visit or call 1-800-243-4675.

For additional information ADA Business Resources and its endorsed providers, visit The Digital Dental Record is part of the WDA Insurance and Services Corp.