From ADA News: “Newly approved standard enables electronic capture of patient diagnoses”

“Two SNODENT subsets were submitted along with SNODENT through the ADA’s American National Standards Institute-accredited standards development process: the SNO-DDS (Dental Diagnostic System) subset and the SNO-DDS General Dentistry, a subset developed for general dentistry.
To develop the two subsets, SNODENT was harmonized with the Dental Diagnostic System, formerly known as the EZCodes, a diagnostic dental code set with a collection of approximately 1,500 dental terms. The smaller SNO-DDS General Dentistry subset provides an easily implemented code set that satisfies the majority of needs for general dentistry.”
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DDS becomes SNO-DDS in harmonization with SNODENT

In March 2016, dental and informatics leaders and researchers from across the United States and beyond gathered in Los Angeles, CA to discuss the future of dental diagnostic terminologies and the challenges and opportunities presented by current and potential systems. Stakeholders from the Government, Dental Professional Organizations, Insurance, EHR and Academic Institutions came together for a full day of presentations and brainstorming.

Please see our event recap and session slides for more information.

The major updates from this conference include:
• The ADA and the Harvard-led team are working together to harmonize SNODENT and the DDS terminologies. All DDS terms will be fully included and represented in SNODENT. As such, SNODENT will be renamed SNODENT Dental Diagnostic System and will function as the full reference terminology for the dental profession. The DDS has been renamed SNO-DDS – to reflect the harmonization with SNODENT – and will function as the interface terminology for the dental profession.
• Smaller subsets of SNO-DDS are also being created to cater to the specific needs of general dentists (SNO-DDSGD), oral surgeons (SNO-DDSOS) and other sub groups. Below is a visual depiction of how the major terminologies now interact.

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• SNODENT, SNO-DDS and its subsets are scheduled to go through the ANSI standards process in order to become a national standard by the end of 2016.
• To access the Speakers’ PowerPoint presentations from the March conference “Toward a Diagnosis Driven Profession,” please click here. The video presentations of the panels will be available through the AADR website (link).
• To view a partial list of all the SNO-DDS terms, please see our Browse page.
• Although the SNO-DDS is obtainable free-of-charge, as with other major terminologies (i.e. ICD, SNOMED-CT), they can also be obtained in a ready-to-upload format from PMIC (a third-party vendor) for a small transaction fee. Click here to obtain this version.
• If you would like to receive regular updates about the SNO-DDS terminology and its subsets, please sign up here via our Google forms link.

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Dental Diagnostic System 2014 Changes

Two new major heading (Orthodontics and ICDAS) and 17 subcategories (3 under ICDAS, 12 under Ortho, 1 under Removable Pros, and 1 under “Exams/Tests/Administrative/Healthy”) were added.