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Dental EHRs are a Scam?

Electronic dental records are a scam. They have always been a scam.

By Darrell Pruitt DDS

“Microsoft & Google unable to detect new zero-day ransomware.” By Anthony Spadafora for ITProPortal, February 7, 2018
https://www.itproportal.com/news/microsoft-google-unable-to-detect-new-zero-day-ransomware/

Spadafora: “The ShurL0ckr ransomware was able to avoid detection by a majority of anti-virus engines and cloud applications. As organisations have adopted cloud services to increase their productivity and agility, so to have hackers who see cloud services as the next big target for distributing malware and stealing sensitive data from businesses and individuals.”

Over a decade ago, I warned the American Dental Association leadership about EHRs’ poor security. So did ADA leadership warn Congress? Oh hell no.

“Patient records will be adequately protected through organizational policies and technical security controls.”Dr. Robert H. Ahlstrom, representing the ADA in testimony before the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) on the benefits of EHRs in dentistry.

(See: “Testimony of the American Dental Association, National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics Subcommittee on Standards and Security July 31, 2007.”) http://www.ncvhs.hhs.gov/070731p08.pdf

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2 Responses

  1. How are dental EHRs not a scam?

    There is a good lesson to be learned from this SC Magizine article, Doc:
    “The staggering costs of non-compliance”
    Peter Merkulov
    Chief Technology Officer-Globalscape, May 1, 2018.
    https://www.scmagazine.com/the-staggering-costs-of-non-compliance/article/762208/

    Merkulov: “Consider these staggering numbers: Non-compliance costs businesses on average $14 Million; a 45 percent increase since 2011. For those businesses that do comply, costs averaged around $5.47 million annually—less than half the cost of non-compliance.”

    The obvious lesson: If you still have not converted your patients’ paper dental records to digital, don’t start now.

    Electronic dental records are not only increasingly more expensive and increasingly less secure than paper, but they also require staff training way above and beyond a working knowledge of the alphabet, and offer dental patients NO TANGIBLE BENEFITS over paper to offset the increased cost and danger.

    Darrell Pruitt DDS

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  2. Holistic Cbersecurity

    Holistic cybersecurity is complicated, time consuming and expensive – but entirely unnecessary if you have paper dental records.

    “Cybersecurity in the Dental Office: A Holistic Approach,” by Gary Salman was published in the June 2018 Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry.

    https://www.aegisdentalnetwork.com/cced/2018/06/cybersecurity-in-the-dental-office-a-holistic-approach

    Salman: “The technology landscape has shifted dramatically in the past 12 to 18 months, and hackers are setting their sights on healthcare entities, now more so than ever before. Practices across the country are being impacted by ransomware and malware attacks that shut down and compromise networks. To combat these sophisticated attacks, practitioners need to take a holistic approach to cybersecurity.”

    Doc, if you knew then what you know now, would you have still gone paperless?

    Darrell Pruitt DDS

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