Invitation to AADR-sponsored conference “Toward a Diagnosis Driven Profession 2016”

Researchers from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh have been planning with support from the IADR Global HQ staff, Practice Management Information Corporation (PMIC) and Delta Dental a conference about the adoption of standardized diagnostic terminologies (DxTMs) by dental professionals to improve oral health in the United States. The conference will be held on March 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA, at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE. in conjunction with the annual conference of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR). Many speakers have accepted the invitation: among them are numerous players in the terminology research arena, such as keynote speaker Dr. James Cimino, (Chief, Laboratory for Informatics Development, NIH Clinical Center & Prof, Biomedical Informatics, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons), important representatives from organized dentistry, such as Dr. Dave Prebble (Vice President, Practice Institute, American Dental Association), nationally renowned interoperability specialists for large scale hospital information technology, such as Dr. John Halamka (CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School), leading representatives of the dental insurance industry, such as Dr. Bill Kohn (Vice President, Dental Science and Policy, Delta Dental Plans Association), and opinion leaders from large group practices, such as Dr. Lyle McClellan (Director of Doctor Development, Willamette Dental Group).

Together, the participants will explore the three critical challenges to enable the widespread use of DxTMs: (1) improve clinicians’ awareness of the relationship between structured diagnostic data and the ability to monitor quality and costs in their dental practices; (2) enable the interoperability of EHR systems by using mapped DxTMs; and (3) enhance the ease of entering diagnostic terms in EHRs at the point of care.

The conference will try to achieve the following goals:

  • increase understanding of DxTMs and acceptance of their key role in improving health care outcomes,
  • explore the logistical and financial impact of implementing DxTMs on EHR vendors, payers/insurers, and providers,
  • create a working group composed of EHR vendors and informaticians tasked with developing clinician-friendly interfaces for entering diagnostic terms into EHR systems.

Please join us in shaping the future of diagnostic terminology in dentistry, its usability in the EHR, and in discussing the roles of ICD, SNODENT and DDS, the diagnostic terminologies increasingly utilized by dentists globally.

Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT) – Add to Calendar

JW Marriott Platinum Ballroom C – 900 West Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90015 – View Map


Stay tuned to learn here at the DIOC blog more about the conference.

We are looking forward to see you in Los Angeles,
Elsbeth and Heiko

Elsbeth Kalenderian, DDS, MPH, PhD, Chair, Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, Chief of Quality, Harvard Dental Center, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Heiko Spallek, DMD, PhD, MSBA Associate Professor, Dental Public Health Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Executive Director, Center for Informatics in Oral Health Translational Research School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh