Link Up Doctor, Dentists’ Records for Faster Dental Care

FRIDAY, June 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Rapid access to a patient’s medical records could help dentists provide better care, but that rarely happens, a new study finds.

“Oral health practitioners may need to confirm a list of medical considerations; for example, that there is no contraindication to a patient sitting in a chair for a lengthy procedure or whether a patient is taking any medication that could put them at risk for excessive bleeding during a tooth extraction or other procedure,” said study senior author Thankam Thyvalikakath. She is director of the Dental Informatics Program, Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Dentistry.

But the researchers found that timely and easy-to-use information from patients’ electronic medical records is often not available to dental professionals such as general dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists, prosthodontists, endodontists or hygienists.

Source: Link Up Doctor, Dentists’ Records for Faster Dental Care / The Herald-News

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