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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Communication Among Dental and Health Information Systems to Boat Fittings and Equipment


In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Nomenclature for Dental Terms
As patients often transfer care or share medical information with multiple healthcare providers, it’s clear that use of a common set of medical terminology and a structured format is crucial to assure that electronic health records are correctly transferred and interpreted. A new American National Standard (ANS) developed by the American Dental Association (ADA) provides a technical specification to extract, format, and transmit information from a patient’s dental records so that data can be sent to another dental or medical health information system. ANSI/ADA 1084-2019, Reference Core Data Set for Communication Among Dental and Other Health Information Systems, supports a structured, computable format that allows information to be shared between providers and readily available for other dentists, specialists, and healthcare personnel.

The ADA, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is a professional organization with over 163,000 members. The organization strives to ensure that its dentists have what they need to advance the overall oral health of their patients. They advocate for public health, including fighting oral cancer and the opioids crisis, and support dental professionals with tools such as Find-a-Dentist, contract review, Third Party Payer Concierge, and more.

Boat Fittings and Equipment
When a boat is in the dock, it’s critical that the equipment used to secure the vehicle is designed effectively, well-suited to the type of boat in use, and installed correctly. The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has developed a standard that provides guidelines on this equipment. ABYC H-40-2019, Anchoring, Mooring, and Strong Points, applies to the design, construction, selection, and installation of fittings and equipment that are attached to or carried on boats for anchoring, mooring, docking, lifting, towing, and trailering.

An ANSI member and accredited standards developer, the ABYC is a non-profit membership organization that develops safety standards for the design, construction, maintenance, and repair of recreational boats. The organization also provides technical education, training, certification, and professional development through seminars, workshops, and technician certification courses that increase knowledge and professionalism in the boating industry.


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