Posted October 13, 2014 by Dawn
Following the Standards Committee on Dental Informatics meetings Monday-Wednesday, the SCDI sponsored two standards-based CE courses at ADA 2014. The courses were offered twice a day on Thursday-Friday and again on Saturday morning. XLDent presented in the course entitled Standards for Exchange of Digital Images and EHR Data for Patient Treatment. This course was presented by Dr. Gregory Zeller, SCDI Chairman, and demonstrated the transmission of HIPAA-compliant email with patient image and clinical summary attachments.
Vendor participation was crucial for a real-world presentation of these standards and demonstration of how email is sent through a Health Information Service Provider. DataMotion™, located in Florham Park, New Jersey, acted as the third-party HISP and facilitated acquisition of direct email addresses for all of the vendor participants.
XLDent was selected by the SCDI to participate in this demonstration because of our leadership and focus on the further development of standards for the Electronic Dental Record. Other vendors included XDR, Sirona and Medicor Imaging. These vendors primarily focused on the transmission of DICOM images. As a Dental Practice Management Software solution, XLDent was able to not only demonstrate the secure transfer of DICOM images, but also the transmission of Clinical Notes and Electronic Dental Record data. Participants were able to see how streamlined the process of data export is in the XLDent paperless workflow and also got to see our mobile technology in action.
The courses were well attended and established a starting point for educating the ADA membership about standards and the secure transmission of PHI using direct protocols. This a beginning. However, it can only be truly successful when utilization of direct email addresses becomes the norm. In the meantime, dental practices should protect email transmissions containing PHI utilizing high-grade encryption services like the SecureMail solution XLDent offers its clients.
It was a very busy week! We made lots of new friends and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. A special thanks to the ADA and the other vendors that helped make this CE course possible!