Minnesota looks to be the first state in the U.S. to require all healthcare providers, including dentists, to have certified, interoperable electronic health records (EHRs) in place by 2015.
Could this be a trend that other states will follow? While the federal mandate that requires most healthcare providers to implement EHR systems by 2014 does not directly affect dentists, the issue has begun to be debated at the state level. Now Minnesota has emerged as the only state to so far specify that general dentists, oral surgeons, and orthodontists also must comply.
The mandate was passed by the state Legislature in 2007 as part of the Minnesota e-Health Initiative. It requires that EHRs be inter-operable so that data can be shared among multiple care providers. For example, dentists who take blood pressure readings would be able to share that information with their patients’ physicians. [Continue Reading …]