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Did ADA Leaders Mislead Congress about EDR Security?

 Electronic Dental Records [EDR] Security?

By Darrell K. Pruitt DDS

“Terrifying Truth: Ransomware is Everywhere – At its basest level, ransomware is a form of kidnapping. Hackers effectively ‘kidnap’ a business’s data and information systems and threaten to destroy it unless the business pays a ransom for its safe return.”

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http://www.nibletz.com/security/ransomware

Lewis: “Healthcare and hospital networks are prime targets for these attacks. A patient whose medical service provider is unable to access critical patient information can be in a life-or-death situation unless the healthcare network is rapidly recovered and brought back on line. Cyberattackers take advantage of this urgency and realize that hospitals have greater incentives to pay a ransom to recover their systems and operations. Moreover, hospital networks operate on a 24-hour basis and are rarely taken down for maintenance and updating that might include patches for security holes. Ransomware attacks frequently take advantage of holes in networks that have not been patched with regular updates, and hospitals and medical centers are more likely than businesses in other industries to have failed to close those holes.”

ADA: “Dentists will have a more complete data set of the patient they are treating, enabling better care.”

Dr. Robert H. Ahlstrom, representing the American Dental Association and by default, all US dentists, in testimony before the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) on the benefits of EHRs in dentistry. His testimony is featured in an official document titled “Testimony of the American Dental Association, National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics Subcommittee on Standards and Security July 31, 2007.”
https://www.ncvhs.hhs.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/070731p08.pdf

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2 Responses

  1. More bad news for the ADA Business Resources™ profits

    “EHRs May Be Tied to Potential Patient Harm, Study Suggests – Use of electronic health records (EHRs) or aspects of the EHRs themselves may be linked to potential patient harm, an analysis of patient safety reports indicates. The study, by Jessica L. Howe, MA, from the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare at MedStar Health in Washington, DC, was published online today in JAMA.”

    Marcia Frellick for Medscape
    March 27, 2018.
    https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/894465

    So where do leaders of the American Dental Association stand on this issue? Hunkered down in bunkers with fingers in their ears, loudly singing, “La-La-La-La…”.

    Darrell K. Pruitt DDS

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  2. EHRs – So how did dentists get it right?

    “No end in sight: EHRs hit hospitals’ bottom lines with uncertain benefits – On Feb. 17, 2009, President Barack Obama signed legislation that created the federal government’s meaningful use electronic health records incentive program Nearly 10 years and $35 billion in federal incentives later, hospitals and health systems are still struggling with EHRs, as new installations disrupt workflows and cost millions of dollars, eating into their bottom lines.”

    By Rachel Z. Arndt for Modern Healthcare, October 13, 2018

    http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20181013/NEWS/181019945

    “No end in sight: EHRs hit hospitals’ bottom lines with uncertain benefits – On Feb. 17, 2009, President Barack Obama signed legislation that created the federal government’s meaningful use
    Since dentists only receive good news about electronic dental records, dental leaders evidently understand information technology better than frustrated hospital administrators. The American Dental Association claims,
    “EHRs provide long-term savings and convenience.”

    ADA News, December 6, 2013

    https://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2013-archive/december/ehrs-provide-long-term-savings-convenience

    What’s more, eleven years ago, a vetted ADA official testified before Congress: “All administrative tasks can be accomplished electronically. Dentists will have more time to devote to direct care. Cost savings to providers and plans will translate in less costly health care for consumers. Premiums and charges will be lowered.”

    Dr. Robert Ahlstrom, describing the benefits of EHRs in testimony to Congress on July 31, 2007
    (See: “Association testifies on HIPAA transaction standards)
    By Craig Palmer for ADA News, August 23, 2007

    http://www.ada.org/prof/resources/pubs/adanews/adanewsarticle.asp?articleid=2641

    Since dentists are mandated to purchase EHRs anyway, it’s a good thing we can trust in the ADA News for dependable reporting American dentists can act on.

    “The electronic health record may not be the result of changes of our choice. They are going to be mandated. No one is going to ask, ‘Do you want to do this?’ No, it’s going to be, ‘You have to do this.’”

    American Dental Association President-elect Dr. John Findley
    [Interview with Judy Jakush for ADA News, October 2008]

    http://www.ada.org/members/resources/pubs/adanews/081006_findley.asp

    Darrell K. Pruitt DDS

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