Large-Scale Dental Data Collection: Lessons Learned and Opportunities Gained

Published 01/25/2022

The Community Oral Health Transformation (COrHT) Learning Community, an improvement initiative organized by CareQuest Institute, supports the transformation of the oral health care delivery system from a fee-for-service model to a prevention and value-based care model. Within the initiative, 10 community health centers in Ohio and Arizona collected clinical and operational data to improve care in their local settings. 

What can we learn from those data collection efforts? A new report highlights several key lessons, including: 

  • EHR data from dental clinics provides unique opportunities to better understand comprehensive health care. 
  • To improve data quality and timeliness, implementing dental data exchange standards, such as Health Level Seven (HL7®), can be beneficial. 
  • Appropriate incentives need to be in place to ensure that clinics succeed in providing high-quality and timely data extracts.  

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