Friday, November 2, 2012

Patterson Dental Introduces Eaglesoft Clinician – an EHR Solution




I've been an Eaglesoft user for a long time, dating back to the late 90's when they were a small company and the acquisition by Patterson Dental wasn't even being thought of.  So… this announcement from Eaglesoft bears mentioning here for sure.  Take a look at the press release:


Eaglesoft Clinician is fully certified for federal EHR incentive programs


ST. PAUL, Minn. – (November 1, 2012) – Patterson Dental Supply, Inc., introduces Eaglesoft Clinician, a fully certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution designed to help dental offices qualify for federal incentive payments. To develop Eaglesoft Clinician, Patterson has partnered with Emdeon, a leading provider of revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange solutions. The program is available now to users of Eaglesoft Practice Management Software, and will be fully interfaced with the upcoming version of the software, Eaglesoft 17.


Eaglesoft Clinician has received the federal government’s “meaningful use” stamp of approval by earning complete EHR Ambulatory certification. The designation officially deems the electronic health record (EHR) software capable of enabling providers to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Tested and certified under the Drummond Group's Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program, the EHR software is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. 


Drummond Group’s ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that EHRs meet the meaningful use criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology. In turn, healthcare providers using the EHR systems of certified vendors are qualified to receive federal stimulus monies upon demonstrating meaningful use of the technology—a key component of the federal government’s push to improve clinical care delivery through the adoption and effective use of EHRs by U.S. healthcare providers.


In addition to allowing offices to meet meaningful use criteria, Eaglesoft Clinician also gives dentists the ability to submit prescriptions electronically. These capabilities add to the list of efficiency-minded features included in Eaglesoft 16, the number one practice management software on the market. Eaglesoft 16 streamlines everyday tasks for every member of the dental team, helping the whole office run quickly and efficiently. Designed to be intuitive and easy to use, Eaglesoft also offers advanced, customizable tools and features to help practices become more profitable and productive.


To join the list of Eaglesoft offices that are already using Eaglesoft Clinician and receiving incentive payments, dentists should contact Emdeon at 1.866.369.8805. Upon the release of Eaglesoft 17, Eaglesoft Clinician users will be transitioned to the fully integrated version of the software.


For more information, call the Patterson Technology Center at 1.800.294.8504, contact a local Patterson Technology Representative or


This EHR Module is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by Drummond Group, an ONC-ATCB approved to certify any complete or modular EHR both ambulatory and inpatient, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department.

Patterson Dental Supply, Inc., Certified on Sept. 27, 2012, Eaglesoft Clinician 7.6, Certification ID number 09272012-3071-1Complete Ambulatory.



About Patterson Dental Supply, Inc.

Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. is a value-added distributor of a complete range of dental products, equipment and services for dentists, dental laboratories, institutions and other healthcare providers throughout North America. Patterson Dental has the largest direct sales force in the industry, totaling more than 1,400 sales representatives and equipment software specialists serving the United States and Canada.


About Drummond Group

Drummond Group Inc., the trusted software test lab, provides effective and efficient electronic health record (EHR) testing to healthcare information technology vendors and hospitals. As an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), Drummond Group works closely with healthcare software vendors and hospitals to certify EHRs that are looking to qualify for incentive funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Drummond Group is approved to certify both complete and modular EHR for both ambulatory and inpatient. Leveraging more than a decade’s worth of interoperability, conformance testing and certification experience in multiple industries, Drummond Group delivers what’s needed in healthcare: highly reliable and readily affordable software testing services. For more information, go to


Patterson Dental Supply, Inc.

1031 Mendota Heights Road

St. Paul, MN 55120



  1. John, I've asked you before, but I don't think you noticed: Do you know if the Stage 1 and Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements for dentists are any different than for physicians?

    If so, how are the requirements different? If not, doesn't that make the mandate completely absurd for dentists?

  2. John, since you apparently have business obligations which prevent you from responding to dentists’ concerns about Meaningful Use requirements, allow me to share with you and your readers what I’ve uncovered: Is Meaningful Use of EDRs just meaningless busywork? The ADA’s silence shouts yes indeed!

    Do you know what data HHS demands that dentists collect and document to prove Meaningful Use of the certified electronic dental records (that dentists pay for)? I watch the EDR industry closely and I still haven’t a clue.

    The ADA’s notoriously unreliable advice concerning EDRs - including recent serial reversals of opinion whether they are required by law (which they are not) - has permanently damaged the organization’s credibility with dentists. That’s why very few paid attention to ADA President Dr. Robert Faiella’s recommendation last month that we purchase certified electronic dental records so that like physicians, dentists also can participate in the HHS’s “Meaningful Use.”

    “Along the way we are making sure we are involved in the certification of compliant systems, developing standards specific to dentistry, educating our members as the process moves along, and keeping liaison relationships with other standards organizations so we have input as things develop. Certification is an important piece, and assures the standard will lead to interoperability.” Why, Dr. Faiella?

    If the ADA President and other dentalcare stakeholders in academia are developing specific Meaningful Use standards for practicing dentists to adopt, and if they are also “educating members” about their work, why is there is still nobody a dentist can to turn to who can describe Stage 1 and Stage 2 requirements?

    So what do physicians, who certainly need EHRs more than dentists, think of Meaningful Use? Dr. Annie Marie Valinoti, an internist in private practice in Bergen County, N.J., posted her opinion in the Wall Street Journal last week: “Physician, Steel Thyself for Electronic Records - Who's got time to listen to patients when the government demands 'meaningful' data entry?”

    “At first I thought EMR sounded like a good idea. Then our practice started using one.

    Tasks that once took seconds to perform on paper now require multistepped points and clicks through a maze of menus. Checking patients into the office is an odyssey involving scanners and the collection of demographic data—their race, their preferred language, and so much more—required by Medicare to prove that we are achieving ‘meaningful use’ of our EMR. What ‘meaningful use’ means no one knows for sure, but our manual on how to achieve it is 150 pages long.” Is that what you want in your practice, Doc?

    Less than a week ago, Accenture reported that according to their recent study, “More than half of doctors (53 percent) cited electronic medical record requirements as a main reason for leaving private practice.” It’s time to wake up, Doc.

    Outside the impenetrable walls of ADA Headquarters, it’s common knowledge that EHRs are a huge disappointment. With no added efficiency, they have already increased medical costs substantially, including the waste of billions in taxpayers’ stimulus dollars. Americans have been had. And if truth be told, I imagine the waste privately embarrasses even the undaunted Dr. Robert Faiella, who nevertheless continues to bravely promote Meaningful Use in spite of nonsense blossoming all around him. I’d like to think the man is driven by heart-felt patriotism, because it sure isn’t the Hippocratic Oath.

    The instant Dr. Faiella reveals dentists’ Meaningful Use requirements, the busywork will prove that ambitious stakeholders have wasted millions of dollars serving their own interests rather than dental patients’.

    D. Kellus Pruitt DDS

  3. Why do you bring up the topic of Meaningful Use, only to ignore dentists' concerns, John?

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