The Advent of Electronic Dental Records

Electronic health records (EHR) are widely used among hospitals and medical practices to share patient clinical infor- mation in a quick, accurate, secure, and efficient manner. This adoption didn’t happen overnight – it was 10 years in the making. Today, the dental industry finds itself at square one of the EHR-adoption process. Dental professionals have a lot of questions – especially hygienists who will probably be doing a lot of the “heavy lift- ing” in the selection, implementation, and day-to-day utilization of dental’s version of EHR, electronic dental records (EDR). Lisa Wadsworth, RDH, recently inter- viewed Mike Uretz, an EHR veteran who, for 10 years, helped medical practices and hospitals migrate to this new technology and who is now focusing on assisting the dental industry…

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