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Mike Uretz
Mike Uretz is a nationally-recognized Dental software and Electronic Health Records (EHR) expert. Mike has helped hundreds of individual practices and multi-clinic groups properly evaluate and select software vendors and solutions, structure and negotiate pricing and contracts, provide implementation oversight and vendor management. Mike was a member of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology EHR vendor certification workgroup, and has been a member of various federal and state working committees for EHR business practices and policy. Having been involved with the EHR Incentive program from day one, Mike has helped a number of states, to evaluate and select EHR vendors, structure contracts and agreements, and manage vendor issues. As co-chairman of the Best practices advisory committee for EHR Contracts, Mike has been instrumental in developing standards for structuring vendor contracts and pricing for use by state programs nationwide He is the founder and editorial director of, a trusted and objective online resource on all matters related to dental software. He is also the point person for Advanstar’s coverage of dental EHRs and their evolving role in the dental industry and can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]
Does encrypted email satisfy HIPAA?
Does encrypted email satisfy HIPAA?

Secure patient communication is a vital concern for health professionals nationwide. As the industry continues to move towards secure electronic communication methods many dental professionals are worried about maintaining HIPAA-compliant patient communications.

What happens when a practice obtains EHR incentive money without the dentist’s knowledge

Having assisted practices with obtaining money through the EHR incentive program for the past few years, I regularly get calls from office managers and providers wanting more information about how to take advantage of the federal and state money available for using a certified EHR.

EHR code of conduct attempts to bridge gap between dental EHR vendors and customers

From the beginning of time there has been a chasm between dental software vendors and their customers. For the most part, this has been due to miscommunication between parties and limited technical knowledge on the side of the dental practice. At the end of the day, in many cases this has built up a limited trust with software vendors.

The importance of ePrescribing in dentistry and some vendors you should know
The importance of ePrescribing in dentistry and some vendors you should know
Having had the pleasure the past few years of helping practices transition to electronic health records (including prescribing systems), I was excited to see that New York State was making ePrescribing (eRX) mandatory for both medical and dental providers beginning March 27, 2016.
Do we really need an extension on the New York ePrescribing mandate?

As most of you are aware at this point, there is a mandate for all providers in New York State to begin prescribing electronically (eRX) beginning March 27, 2015.

A few EHR New Year's resolutions

In 2014, I wrote a plethora of articles for Dental Products Report and Dental Practice Management about the projected future of electronic health records in dentistry. Recently, I have had the opportunity to sit in on numerous EHR vendor demos for clients ranging from small practices to large groups and DSOs. The bottom line is that I have had an insider look that most people don’t have into what 2015 will bring when it comes to EHR adoption.

Top 3 mistakes when adopting EHRs for your practice

Navigating the numerous EHR software options can be tricky - and selecting the correct software for your practice can be even trickier. Here are three common mistakes to avoid in your search for the best EHR software. 

How Electronic Health Records (EHRs) can benefit the dental hygienist

As a hygienist, how beneficial would it be from both a patient care and liability standpoint if you could actually know a patient's most recent medical conditions, procedures, medications, and other health-related information real time? How about the ability to communicate with your referral partners, such as periodontists and oral surgeons electronically … and know everything that was happening with your patients? Or, even taking it a step further, sharing your patient's records with their medical primary care and medical specialty providers?

Taking charge of your dental electronic health records selection

As the dental industry moves into a new era of more sophisticated dental software, including a new generation of dental electronic health records (EHRs), dentists, practice managers, and administrators are becoming increasingly confused in terms of the evaluation and selection of these new technologies. 


Why oral-systemic health and dental EHRs make for a great marriage

In the last few years, oral systemic health has gained more and more attention. Explaining the importance to dentists is something that Dental Products Report has covered before.