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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin October 2011
14 OCTOBER 2011 e-HEALTH RECORD SYSTEM fails to factor in dentistry MEMBERS READ THE NEWS BULLETIN ON YOUR iPAD As part of the ADA’s ongoing program to improve services to members, the News Bulletin is now available for the iPad. As with the online version it is available through the ADA web site www.ada.org.au . No special software is required to be downloaded or installed because the application automatically identifies iPads and loads the appropriate version of the Bulletin. To access the iPad version: • Logon to the members section ADA.org.au using an iPad • Select ‘Publications’ and then News Bulletin • Select current issue or any issue required (back to August 2010). The iPad version of the News Bulletin will automatically open up on your iPad • As with the browser based version, instructions on how to operate the News Bulletin on the iPad are displayed on the first page. Celebratingover40yearsofpublicationAus tr a li anDen t a l Assoc i a ti on I nc . O ctober 2011 N o 403 PrintPost A pproved PP 238801/00003 ISS N 0810-7440 The Professional Leader in D enti stry Latestadv i ceontheCDDSBabyteethora l hea l thcampa i gnRem i ndertorenewreg i strat i onby30November National Electronic Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) states that the Concept of Operations (ConOps) document provides an overview of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) system and how it will work, yet it fails to recognise that healthcare goes beyond medical practice. “Regrettably, it does not tell dentists how they will engage with the content of their patients’ health records, as dental software vendors have not yet started work on configuring dental practice software to interact with the PCEHR” stated Dr Shane Fryer, President, ADA Inc. Dr Fryer went on to say that “NEHTA advises that the ConOps has been updated following public and stakeholder consultation on an April 2011 draft of this document; however, most of the matters raised by the dental profession have been ignored.” Since it was first discussed, the ADA has raised concerns that: • Health consumers can still hide essential health information, without which practitioners may make decisions that lead to harmful outcomes; • Data governance and professional support issues were considered out of scope for the document, and no planning has yet been made visible regarding this; • Practitioners from different disciplines have not yet been provided with opportunities to develop insight into each other’s information requirements, and health consumers do not yet understand what information various health professions need to be able to provide them with optimal care; and • There is no target roadmap showing milestones for each of the health disciplines to engage meaningfully with the PCEHR. The plan may be that from July 2012, all Australians who choose to can register for a PCEHR. However, if they are patients with chronic diseases who need their dentist to have access to their medical records, there is little likelihood that their dentist will be able to do so meaningfully. It may take another year or two after that date before dentists can routinely make use of the vital information in a patient’s health summary record. Source: Media release, Australian Dental Association Inc. , 15 September 2011.
ADA News Bulletin September 2011
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