ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics held its Plenary meeting at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Washington DC. As usual, there were many items on the agenda which included an update from all of the SCDI working groups that met earlier in the week.
XLDent participates in the Subcommittee on Clinical Informatics chaired by Dr. Mark Diehl. This Subcommittee focuses on data infrastructure, clinical records, and clinical applications for dental practice. It includes seven working groups and 13 standards and technical reports. More specifically, XLDent participates in WG 11.1 Standard Clinical Data Architecture, which is up for reaffirmation next year, and WG 11.9 Core Reference Data which was recently created last year for the purpose of establishing a core set of reference data for the Electronic Dental Record. Working Group 11.1 resolved to table further work on Technical Report 1080, the Implementation Guide for TR 1067, until WG 11.9 can complete work on the core set of reference data. To put this in understandable terms, we need to establish an agreed upon list of clinical data elements that providers can electronically pass between each other before we can work on the Implementation Guide for the Electronic Dental Record.
Working Group 11.1 will now be focusing its attention on TR 1099, Cloud Computing and Data Storage: Implications and Recommendations for Dental Practice. XLDent commented on the first draft of this paper during the meeting and was asked to further review and make edits by Dr. Mark Diehl in the coming months.
Following our meetings here at the ADA in Washington DC, XLDent will be inviting Dr. Amit Acharya, chair of WG 11.9, to our corporate location in Loretto, MN, for the purpose of making some significant progress on the Core Set of Reference Data (TR1084.)
Moving into Thursday and Friday, the ADA will present two CE Courses during the 2015 Annual Session. The first course is entitled Exchanging Digital Images and EHR Data for Patient Treatment. This is the course XLDent is participating in again this year. Dr. Gregory Zeller is the presenter and other participants include Dr. Brent Dove, Sirona, XDR Radiology, Medicor, and Data Motion. The second ADA sponsored course is entitled The Art and Science of Forensic Odontology – Looking Into The Future and will be presented by Dr. Ken Aschheim, Dr. Robert Barsley, Dr. Lawrence Dobrin, and Dr. Raymond Miller.
Our very own Stacey Steinbach will be demonstrating the secure transfer of EDR records and DICOM images via the XLDent Software at the Secure Exchange course in four separate sessions. I’m on my way to meet up with her in the Exhibit Hall now to run through a practice run before tomorrow.