Pacific Dental Services® to Implement Epic to Improve Care Coordination

PDS will be the first dental support organization to join the Epic community


Irvine, California, Nov. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Dental Services® (PDS®), a dental support organization (DSO) that provides business and administrative services for dental offices, has announced it will launch Epic, the most widely-used comprehensive health records system. All organizations using Epic can easily exchange patient data for improved patient care.


PDS-supported dentists and specialists will have the ability to coordinate care with other clinicians who serve their patients and their families, closing care gaps and reducing duplication. As the leader in interoperability, Epic will enable PDS to easily exchange data for improved continuity of care across the country.


“Oral healthcare is a critical component of overall health and this investment will enable PDS-supported clinicians and their patients to more fully participate in the promise of a seamless, comprehensive healthcare system focused on whole body health,” said Stephen E. Thorne, IV, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at PDS.  


Epic is used by a majority of U.S. News and World Report’s top-ranked hospitals and medical schools, which are working collaboratively every day to improve patient care, innovate healthcare delivery and achieve financial health.


“Poor oral health has been linked to cardiovascular disease, pregnancy and birth defects, and diabetes. Through the use of Care Everywhere, dentists across the country will have real-time access to important clinical information,” said Alan Hutchison, VP of Population Health at Epic. “As the first DSO to join Epic’s One Virtual System Worldwide, Pacific Dental Services is uniquely positioned to improve oral systemic health for the populations they serve.”


“This is a very exciting collaboration with what we believe will be the best dental practice management system in the industry, bringing closer the complete longitudinal patient record and highlighting more clearly than ever the Mouth-Body Connection®,” said David Baker, SVP, Chief Information Officer at PDS.

Epic will also provide benefits to patients and their caregivers by allowing them to chronicle their healthcare journey using the MyChart patient portal. MyChart gives patients, and their designated caregivers, secure digital access to their health information, enabling them to communicate with providers, schedule appointments, and pay bills online.


PDS continuously raises the bar in the support of owner dentists to create a culture of Clinicians Leading Clinicians in Clinical Excellence®. PDS, which has landed on the Inc. 5000 an impressive 13 times, demonstrates its commitment to competitive growth in the oral healthcare industry. Implementation of the Epic system is expected to be completed in 2020.


About Pacific Dental Services®


Founded in 1994, Pacific Dental Services (PDS) is one of the country’s leading dental support organizations, providing supported autonomy that enables dentists to concentrate on clinical excellence and the highest levels of cost-effective comprehensive patient care. PDS originated the Private Practice+® model to enable dentists to focus on their passion: serving patients. PDS also pioneered the concept of Modern Dentistry so that dentists are equipped to combine advances in the latest technology with the best operational practices and procedures, highly skilled support staff and a commitment to ongoing training and education. PDS continues to grow, with over 650 supported dental offices across the United States and plans to expand into several new markets. PDS-supported dentists aim to be the provider of choice in all the markets they serve and to develop Patients for Life™.


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