In EHR, the “H” may very well stand for hygienist

In my February column, A team approach to electronic dental records, I gave an overview of the importance of a team approach to the selection and implementation of electronic health records for the dental office. Now that we have discussed this approach at a 10,000 foot level, I’d like to begin the discussion of how individual key team members can impact the success or failure of EHR adoption within their practices.

We will initially explore the role of the hygienist in helping to select, adopt, and utilize EHR technology.

Each time I talk to a knowledgeable hygienist, it strikes me how much of their interaction with the patient involves the oral-systemic connection, not to mention how important workflow and communication is to them within the practice.

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