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Electronic Dental Records: Start Taking the Steps Today (AGD 550)

Presenter: Jana Berghoff, RDH


Technology and electronic patient records have become an integral part of healthcare delivery, including dentistry, and are now impossible to ignore.   A transition plan is key in making the switch from paper to digital charts as smooth as possible.  This course is designed to guide a dental practice through the planning process and assist in creating steps to start the transition today. 


Jana Berghoff, RDH, spent the first 23 years of her professional career working both in the clinical dental setting and in practice management.  For the past 10 years she has worked in various capacities with Patterson Dental to bring technology into the dental office.  She has specialized in Eaglesoft software, Schick Digital products, Patterson hardware offerings, CAESY Patient Education Systems and various other digital imaging products.  Jana has conducted in-office trainings nationwide, as well as presented seminars and published articles to help dental professionals take the initial steps toward operating a computerized office. Jana presently serves as the Technology Marketing Manager of Patterson Dental. 


Upon completion of this course the dental professional should be able to:

•Define terms and acronyms surrounding electronic record keeping.
•Identify the advantages of electronic dental records (EDR).
•Create an electronic new patient protocol.
•Create an electronic existing patient protocol.
•Create a retirement protocol for existing patient records.
•Assess what technology needs to be acquired or updated.
•Describe the value of obtaining additional training during the transition.
•Learn what electronic services are available to assist the practice.
•Explain the importance of backing up electronic data records. 


The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry.  Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.

The ADAA cautions participants taking this course on the hazards of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into their practices.

Credits earned upon completion of the course may be used to meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements.


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