Hunting Down Meaningful Use Certified Dental EHR Systems

While several agencies have provided helpful information for dentists evaluating the limited number of Meaningful Use certified dental EHR products, the bottom line is that there is no one definitive resource. The Human Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) page on certified dental products is not kept up to date. The Certified HIT Product List published by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) of HIT is current, but covers nearly 2500 products with a limited search feature. Narrowing the list to only dental products is impossible; you should have a specific vendor and product name in mind before visiting this website.

In actuality, as you begin looking at vendors, you will find that several dental EHR certified products are currently on the market, and more are being added all the time. Your best approach may be to seek out vendors that make meaningful use certification claims, and then verify that by searching on the ONC website. For instance, Dentrix Enterprise, Open Dental, and MacPractice are all certified complete dental EHR systems.

But here’s the caveat and what to watch out for. Some vendors invest in incorporating Meaningful Use functionality within their dental software and others choose to take an easier less expensive route and use a 3rd party medical EHR to partner with. There is an informative interview and article on the difference and which is preferable.

Complete EHR certification means they meet all of the mandatory criteria are met. Complete EHR systems afford a practice more flexibility in meeting meaningful use criteria. It is worth noting that several well-known dental practice management systems like Eaglesoft, Curve Dental, SoftDent, and Practice Works have no certified EHR products currently.

Lessons Learned:

  • There are meaningful use certified dental EHR systems available, but they may not be easy to find. Some government information websites may not be up-to-date.
  • When looking for current EHR vendors, search for dental vendors that make certification claims, and then verify the product using the Certified HIT Product List published by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) of Health Information Technology.
  • Some vendor put Meaningful Use features in their own software and some choose to work with a third party. Putting MU features directly into dental software is preferable