University of North Carolina School of Dentistry prepares for implementation of Cloud-based electronic health record system developed by the UNC, University of Michigan and University of Pittsburgh with ICE Health Systems for Internet2’s NET+ service

An international collaboration of academic research centers, government agencies and industry discussed the initial implementation of the first Cloud-based electronic health record system for dental practice and education.

The pilot project, which will launch at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 2014, is an effort to use next-generation technology to enhance dental record-keeping, education and research while maintaining patient privacy, confidentiality, security and legal standards.

For the last year, experts from UNC, the University of Michigan and the University of Pittsburgh have been developing the concept of a Cloud-based electronic health record for dentistry with representatives of Internet2 and Calgary, Canada- based ICE Health Systems.

The collaborators attended a week-long meeting at UNC last month to discuss final security assessments, including a third-party security audit, and to review the workflow analysis and stress testing that was conducted in preparation for the migration from UNC’s home-grown electronic record system to the new Cloud-based EHR, which will be offered via Internet2’s NET+ service.

During the meeting, UNC faculty, staff and students experienced the system first-hand in walkthroughs and demonstrations. Presentations explained the benefits of using a scalable electronic health record system for patient care, education and clinical research.

More information about the project and its developers is available at: http://internet2.edu/products-services/cloud-services-applications/ice-health-systems/

NET+: http://internet2.edu/vision-initiatives/initiatives/internet2-netplus/

ICE Health Systems: http://icehealthsystems.com/

About Internet2

Internet2® is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions.

Internet2 consists of 220 U.S. universities, 60 leading corporations, 70 government agencies, 38 regional and state education networks and more than 100 national research and education networking partners representing more than 50 countries. Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Emeryville, Calif.; New York, NY; and Washington, DC.

About ICE Health Systems

ICE Health Systems is an innovative Electronic Health Record and Practice Management System whose development has been driven by a distinguished group of dentists and physicians representing a number of specialties in both university and private clinics. ICE Health Systems is a user-friendly practice management solution. Using cloud technology, this system supports the first multi-disciplinary practice management service providing integrated professional communications and continuous system enhancement.