Dodging an Embarrassing Question about Electronic Dental Records


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By Darrell K. Pruitt, DDS

Dental Care Alliance Data Breach Impacts More Than 1 Million Patients


Sarasota, FL-based Dental Care Alliance, LLC, a dental support organization with more than 320 affiliated dental practices across 20 states, has been hacked and the protected health information of more than a million individuals has potentially been compromised. The breach occurred on September 18, 2020, was detected on October 11, and was contained on October 13.”

Steve Alder

[HIPAA Journal – December 10, 2020]


Currently I am in conversation on LinkedIn with a Chief Information Officer for an IT firm. He assures me that the cloud is more secure than paper dental records stored in heavy and loud metal filing cabinets, but cannot say why.

Meanwhile, I have never heard of a million paper dental records being stolen in one heist. Wouldn’t that require a truck or two? What’s more, once the thieves escape to their hideout, someone will have to enter the data onto computers – while struggling to interpret bad handwriting.

ASSESSMENT: Your thoughts are appreciated …. More later.


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One Response

  1. FOLLOW-UP: Don’t be fooled, Doc

    Believe it or not, there are officials in the dental software industry who still tell dentists that digital practice management software, like what they sell, is more secure than paper. They lie. They don’t respect you, Doc.

    “200K Veterans’ Medical Records May Have Been Stolen by Ransomware Gang – A database filled with the medical records of nearly 200,000 U.S. military veterans was exposed online by a vendor working for the Veterans Administration, according to an analyst, who also presented evidence the data might have been exfiltrated by ransomware attackers.”

    Darrell Pruitt DDS


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