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Proposed ADA technical reports available for review

May 03, 2019

The ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics has approved for circulation and comment the following proposed technical reports:

  • Proposed revision of ADA Technical Report No. 1055, Computer Hardware and Software Guidelines for Dental Offices: This technical report outlines the features of hardware and software for dental practice management systems and provides selection guidelines for their optimal use in dental offices. These recommendations promote the use of interoperable computer hardware and devices as opposed to proprietary, closed systems that will most likely increase the cost of ownership over time.
  • Proposed revision of ADA SCDI White Paper No. 1070, Electronic Pharmaceutical Prescription Standard for Dentistry: This white paper recommends that dental practices use the National Council on Prescription Drug Programs SCRIPT standard, which addresses pharmaceutical prescription transactions between the practice and a retail pharmacy. It has been approved by the Department of Health and Human Services. Use of electronic pharmaceutical prescriptions by pharmacies is on the rise because of their inherent quality-assurance mechanisms. The use of this technology has the advantage of developing a structured method by which the provider can precisely track the generation, dispensing and delivery of pharmaceuticals to the patient.
  • Proposed revision of ADA Technical Report No. 1051, Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine Requirements for Digital Imaging in Institutional Dentistry: This technical report provides a technical specification based on the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine standard as it applies to dentistry, with the goal of increasing interoperability within and between institutional digital radiographic systems. The report illustrates how to achieve interoperability for typical dental imaging tasks through several interaction use cases, including viewing and printing images on removable media, sharing images among various networked multi-vendor storage and acquisition systems, importing images from outside the institution into the electronic dental records system, and securely transferring Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine images via email. These use cases show the standard’s requirements in context, describing them in clear relationship to the clinical tasks of the dental provider. 
  • Proposed revision of ADA Technical Report No. 1065, Use Cases of the Orthodontic Health Record: This technical report examines the specific needs of the orthodontic community for data communication. Based on use cases, the report is meant to help ensure the unique data requirements for orthodontics are adequately reflected in existing data transfer and storage standards. It also provides the foundation for development of specific data interoperability requirements for a future standard on orthodontic record interoperability.
  • Proposed revision of ADA Technical Report No. 1089, Track and Trace of Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products: This technical report defines inventory management requirements in dental practices for human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products to ensure traceability from the donor to the recipient and the recipient to the donor. Its intent also is to facilitate reporting of potential adverse reactions, including disease transmission, to all parties involved in processing the materials.

Copies of the reports are available by calling the ADA at 1-312-440-2500, ext. 2506, or emailing