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Comments sought on report outlining risk analysis plan for electronic protected health information

December 20, 2017

Dental professionals can review and comment on an ADA-developed proposed technical report that aims to assist covered dental practices in fulfilling their legally mandated obligation under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to conduct a security risk analysis of electronic protected information.

Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1096 for Electronic Protected Health Information HIPAA Security Risk Analysis and Plan is intended to help clinicians develop a plan to protect patient data privacy and security and to train the dental team on this issue.

The draft technical report, which was developed by the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics, is available by calling the ADA toll-free number, ext. 2506, or by sending an email to

In contemporary dental practice, technology is the heart of most operations. As more and more dental offices are going paperless, there is a corresponding expansion of information that is stored or transferred electronically, thus increasing the potential or threat of a breach, according to the proposed technical report. Performing a risk analysis is an essential first step, a primary regulation and will tend to mitigate federal and civil monetary risk, according to the proposed technical report.

For more information about the ADA’s work in dental standards and technical reports, visit