The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 must happen by Oct. 1, 2015, according to ICD-10 Monitor. This means those who are using older dental software that uses outdated codes for medical ailments having to do with the mouth must upgrade to the newest software by that time.
Having up-to-date dental enterprise software is important not only to maintain compliance with the CMS – it is a pre-requisite for instilling confidence in patients, oral hygienists and dentists. When hygienists who are trained using the latest technology are introduced to dental software that is well past its prime, it sends a message that the clinic where they are working is not up to the right stuff. It doesn't take the time to reinvest its earnings back into helping patients by keeping their records with the most efficient software available.
It can also be dangerous from the point of view of data breaches. When software isn't up to date, it is easier for hackers to break through servers and steal patient data.
North Carolina HIE joining forces with nursing facilities
The North Carolina Health Information Exchange is joining with Liberty Healthcare to connect its nursing data to the HIE network, according to EHR Intelligence. Such a link benefits both groups because it enables North Carolina HIE to add more facilities to its roster, and it allows those same facilities to link their software to a network that will connect them with health insurance companies.
In order for there to be a proper movement of data between health and dental insurance agencies and the dentists who want to send their patients' records out for reimbursement, the technology facilitating this exchange must be of the highest quality and the most up-to-date possible. This way there will be far less room for error or security leaks.