ANN-MARIE C. DEPALMA, RDH, MEd, FADIA,
FAADH, is a Fellow of the American Academy of
Dental Hygiene and the Association of Dental
Implant Auxiliaries, as well as a continuous
member of ADHA. She presents continuing
education programs for dental team members
on a variety of topics. Ann-Marie is collaborating with several authors on various books
for dental hygiene and can be reached at
BY ANN-MARIE C. DEPALMA, RDH, MED, FADIA, FAADH
The dental practice of 2014 is one of many
changing facets. Whether we are implementing new clinical procedures and
products or discussing the changes
that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may
bring to dentistry, our practices are constantly evolving.
One part of the evolution involves
technology. How will technology affect
your practice and you as a dental hygienist?
Kelly Tanner Williams, RDH, MS, CDA, has created a program called “Electronic Health Records: Are
What implication does this have for dentistry? Dental
practices that provide Medicaid services are included in this
mandate. But what should non-Medicaid offices be doing?
Kelly’s course discusses how to integrate EHRs into a practice, ensuring that the practice is compliant with federal
regulations and how to develop risk management policies
related to EHRs. Her program is helpful for practices that
have existing EHR systems, and those who are in the planning phases of implementation.
During the EHR program, Kelly’s goals are for partici-
promote legal and ethical integrity as related to electron-
ic health records
be EHR ready
rity, and data integrity
sent, staff training, and vendor selection
The program provides an overview of the changes oc-
curring within the EHR process. It also discusses how
EHRs have the ability to communicate across disciplines.
Dental hygiene is moving in a direction where the dental
team will work with other health team members in ex-
changing information related to patient care and treat-
As a profession, the more information we’re aware of,
the better we can advocate for our patients. Kelly presents
the program in PowerPoint, multimedia, and lecture, with
a handout that includes major talking points and contact
information for vendors.
She stresses that she’s not associated with any vendor and
does not receive compensation from any of the companies
and products that she discusses. This enables her to present
an objective opinion of each of the products discussed. She
is an extremely interactive and energetic speaker who loves
to get the audience involved in the discussions.
Kelly also teaches an asynchronous online course at Old
Dominion University on tele-health care, where students
learn the possibilities involved in tele-health outreach. One
component of tele-health is the ability to securely transmit
information that meets or exceeds industry security standards, and how and to whom this information is shared.
While teaching this program, Kelly wanted to learn more
about dental systems and how dental systems are able to
interact with other health information exchange systems.
She is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a
Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in dental hygiene.
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GETTING READY FOR EHRS
From the Podium
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO THE
ORAL EFFECTS OF SCHIZOPHRENIA
Oral health is linked to overall health and is a window to a
person’s general state of well-being. Recent research has
demonstrated that many systemic disorders present with
oral manifestations and that poor oral health may be a
sign of underlying systemic diseases.
Oral health also has a social impact as it affects social life
and interactions, ability to pronounce words, ability to eat,
and feelings of self-confidence. Poor oral health may also
affect one’s career.
This course will focus on the oral health concerns of those
who suffer from psychiatric disorders, specifically schizophrenia.
Code: ANOCT14 good for 50% off through Nov. 15, 2014.
Regular price $49; $24.50 after discount.