Electronic Dental Records

Use of electronic dental records is expanding and eventually will become standard. There are considerable risk management benefits to electronic records. Some benefits include:

  • Standardized organization and format
  • Avoids handwritten, illegible entries
  • Facilitates complete record with consistent entries by various providers
  • Avoids physical storage which may be prone to loss in fires, floods or other events
  • Cloud-storage provides safe, redundant storage and access
  • Security systems built in
  • Eases storage of images with record
  • Makes records available to more than one practitioner or location at a time
  • Provides potential for data extraction for research
  • In many cases, it is expensive to go digital, but well worth the cost.