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Electronic signatures

Hey all! so I have a question about digital chart signatures. I have always thought that legally it was ok to initial a chart note. I have run into some questions from co workers who say that you actually need an actual signature on a chart. Every office i have been in, it has been ok for the dental/hygienist/assistant to initial the chart note and call it good! Any input on what is legally acceptable in the digital world



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The ADA statement on dental records states:
-All entries in the patient record should be dated, initialed and handwritten in ink and/or computer printed.
-All entries should be initialed and/or signed by the team member writing the entry and the dentist.
According to this, it appears initialing and full signatures are both acceptable. It might be a good idea to reach out to your state’s board of dentistry to see what they suggest though.
ADA Dental Records:
https://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Public%20Programs/Files/MPRG_Dental_Records.pdf?la=en

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