Team EHR: Electronic health records and the dentist

In last month’s column in the series on the team approach to electronic health records, or electronic dental records, we focused on the hygienist’s role in the selection and use of EHRs. Today I’d like to focus on how dentists will utilize new generation EHRs and how these features play into the selection process. As with any new type of software, it is critical to look at how existing problems are solved. What I’ve heard from dentists consistently regarding present practice management and dental charting systems is that they don’t necessarily bring together all the information they need to do their work or make suggestions as to best practices for treatment of their patients. In addition, dentists have said that it is frustrating to hop from software to software to get everything they need. For example, going from charting software to imaging software and back.

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