Software Module Integrates Dental and Medical Patient Records

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The Henry Schein One Consistency of Care software module integrates dental and medical patient records, reflecting an increased interest among healthcare providers to offer comprehensive services to patients, according to the company.

The open-architecture software supports the growing need for interoperability and information sharing between dentistry and medicine, Henry Schein One said. It was developed by Exan Software, a Henry Schein One company and creator of the axiUm dental management software suite, which is used by dental and dental hygiene schools and large group practices.

Recognizing the desire to ensure that medical and dental patient health records are accessible to all healthcare providers, Consistency of Care allows dental schools to communicate patient health records to their medical school counterparts regardless of the medical school’s software. This integration gives faculty and students a holistic view of a patient’s health, Henry Schein One said, ensuring best practice principles and the highest patient care standards.

By connecting axiUm’s dental electronic health record (EHR) to a medical EHR through the Consistency of Care module, schools can consolidate patient record benefits without compromising academic dental software.

Synchronization of patient data through an application programming interface (API) ensures that patient information, medical conditions, and allergies are accurate, providing healthcare professionals with a single view of their patient’s health records.

By integrating dental software with EHRs, a higher standard of patient care can be achieved while delivering an improved patient experience and maintaining consistency of care, supporting better outcomes for patients, Henry Schein One said.

“Our goal at Henry Schein One is to provide innovative practice solutions to dental professionals so they can focus on providing the best patient care possible,” said Mike Baird, chief executive officer of Henry Schein One.

“We’re excited to bring the Consistency of Care module to market, as the benefits of integrated dental and medical care are clear, with improved patient outcomes and increased efficiency,” Baird said.

Penn Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the first dental school to implement axiUm’s Consistency of Care integration solution, communicating its dental patients’ EHR data to its medical school.

“Several years ago, we looked at an electronic medical record that included a small dental component. However, we concluded that it was not worth the extra effort required to make the system work,” said Dr. Mark Wolff, dean at Penn Dental Medicine.

“We needed to come up with a solution that would save us time and satisfy industry interoperability standards, with the least amount of time and resources for the faculty and students to switch,” said Wolff. “AxiUm’s Consistency of Care solution allows us to keep using axiUm while maintaining interoperability between the two EHRs.”

AxiUm software manages the technical aspect of a student’s dental education, from the first year to graduation, Henry Schein One said.

A dental-first design built specifically for the dental market, axiUm offers features that support the changing academic landscape, from dental school grant funding applications and financial tracking to student supervision in clinics, mitigating risks associated with student practitioners, and the preparation for accreditation, Henry Schein One said.

“The use of axiUm is important to use because the ability to manage grades, individual student performances, dental laboratory case tracking, and patient billing are daily requirements at Penn Dental Medicine,” said Wolff.

“Larger medical EHRs do not manage student grades or performances, and they have issues with billing for dental procedures. Keeping our current dental EHR and integrating with medical gives us additional flexibility in managing Penn Dental Medicine,” said Wolff.

Powered by Redox, the Consistency of Care module integrates directly into Epic software, a clinical solution used by medical professionals to support functions related to patient care. Penn Medicine uses Epic to manage its patients’ EHRs, while Penn Dental Medicine uses axiUm. Redox helps to standardize healthcare data from any sources, providing a single API for exchanging healthcare data with axiUm.

“We have built a trusted reputation for practical and robust software, and we are committed to assisting dental professionals, large dental practices, hospitals, and educational institutions worldwide with increasing efficiency,” said Rachel Nelson, president of Exan Software.

“With our new Consistency of Care integration solutions, axiUm can continue to support dental education at academic institutions like Penn Dental Medicine, while communicating all pertinent patient healthcare information the university’s School of Medicine,” said Nelson.

“This commitment is backed by Exan’s proven track record of superior customer support, implementation, and consulting services,” Nelson said.

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