Dental Data Exchange Project to Pilot Implementation Guides

Dec. 8, 2022
ADA, HL7 seek to work with dental and medical health record vendors, clearinghouses, payers, and HIEs on FHIR Dental Data Exchange

An HL7 Dental Data Exchange Project is seeking vendor partners to participate in the piloting of the HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) and FHIR Dental Data Exchange implementation guides, with testing to occur in September 2023.

This implementation guide provides HL7 FHIR resources to define standards for bidirectional information exchange between a medical and a dental provider or between dental providers.

The Dental Data Exchange Project leverages the American Dental Association’s ANSI/ADA Standard No. 1084: Reference Core Data Set for Communication Among Dental and Other Health Information Systems as the foundation for the technical specifications in both standards.  Participation in the project is open to all, but the target audience for participation includes dental and medical health record vendors, clearinghouses, payers, health information exchanges, health systems, dental support organizations and technology leaders from dental practices.

The implementation guide is based on the prior work from the US Core and C-CDA on FHIR Implementation Guides and is supported by the Da Vinci initiative, which is a private effort to accelerate the adoption of FHIR Resources as the standard to support and integrate value-based care data exchange across communities. The ADA has formally partnered with HL7 for many years, developing the dental content of standards, while HL7 provides the technical elements.   The ADA serves as an interested party and subject matter expert in this project. The ADA helped develop these guides in hope that they will improve the sharing of patient health information between dental and medical providers.

The Dental Data Exchange Project is hosting a virtual informational session on Dec. 12 from 1-2 p.m. Eastern time that will include a presentation from the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health on the value of improved dental information exchange.