How medical-dental EHR integration can improve diabetes care
Shimpi N, Buchanan E, Acharya A. How Medical-Dental EHR Integration Can Improve Diabetes Care. AMA J Ethics. 2022;24(1):E99-E105. Published 2022 Jan 1. doi:10.1001/amajethics.2022.99
Since the mid-1990s, poor oral health has been neglected as a public health threat, despite its recognition as epidemic in scale by the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Surgeon General. Americans' poor oral health influences their overall health and, from a population standpoint, incurs dire economic and human costs. This article describes how health information transfer within the Marshfield Clinic Health System's integrated medical and dental practice can improve diabetes care. This article also considers ethics and equity implications of improving MDP electronic health record interoperability in this large, rural Wisconsin organization.