CE Hours: 1.5

Seq# 92 - Research Potential of Electronic Dental Records

This session will be recorded and available through IADR CE On Demand after the meeting for Continuing Education Credit.  

Traditionally, Electronic Dental Records (EDRs) have been designed as comprehensive information repositories characterized by critics as glorified billing diaries with little-to-no support for the clinical work of practicing dentists. In fact, research regarding the chairside information needs of dentists has demonstrated that EDRs fail to provide access to patient-specific evidence-based information. While in larger institutions different dental specialists have access to the same EDR, medical providers, allied health professionals and the patients themselves are largely excluded from them. Many argue that this lack of data sharing has furthered the separation of the mouth from the rest of the body when we (1) deliver patient care, (2) educate the next generation of health professionals and (3) conduct biomedical research. This Symposium will focus on how biomedical research and its translation into clinical practice are all but impossible without an interoperable Health Information Technology (HIT) ecosystem. Past attempts to aggregate disparate data from various health and non-health sources have had limited success due to a lack of agreed upon standards. However, there are no knowledge or technical barriers, but only execution barriers that currently prevent us from creating such an HIT ecosystem that facilitates for the benefit of our patients.

In this Symposium, participants will learn about which role EDRs can play when embracing the core principles of the Learning Health System: routine capture of all patient data, transformation of information into knowledge and its dissemination, and economical and continuous improvement as part of the culture. Topics, such as (1) the power of standards (e.g., SNODDS, FHIR and ICDAS); (2) contemporary EDR design (ICE Health Systems); (3) changes to our curriculum, including use of the Learning Health System, based on these changes and (4) barriers to global data sharing will be discussed using specific examples related to caries research.

Learning Objectives:

  • The participants will gain concrete knowledge of standards that can be used in EHRs, including introducing them to one contemporary EHR.
  • The participants will learn strategies for teaching students to access information that enables patients to manage their healthcare journey and empower student providers to make decisions by accessing trusted data.
  • The participants understand the potential of improvements to individual and populations health if standards are used to gather and access data.