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As a new health center dental program develops, health centers will consider health information technology (HIT) systems for Electronic Dental Records (EDR). With the emergence of whole-person, integrated team-based care, the selection of the EDR has become more complex. The level of desired interoperability and communication between the medical and dental electronic records has become another criteria for EDR selection, along with cost, user-friendliness, user support and other traditional factors. The HRSA OHI funding can be used to improve the interoperability of oral health and medical electronic health record systems.
Resources to assist health centers in selecting the appropriate EDR software for their new dental program include:
Using HIT to Improve Oral Health Access and Outcomes which discusses the benefits of having an integrated dental HIT.