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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "System for the Interchange of Dental Prescriptions", for Approval

February 21, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- From Washington, D.C., NewsRx journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Johnson, Barry (Minneapolis, MN); Bodin, Don (Excelsior, MN), filed on July 26, 2013, was made available online on February 6, 2014 (see also Don Bodin).

The patent's assignee is Don Bodin.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "If a dentist wishes to install a dental prosthesis or device in a patient, it is typically fabricated by a third party dental laboratory or dental lab. This is accomplished by the dentist completing a prescription. These prescriptions are typically completed on pre-printed forms provided by the dental laboratory. Because of the wide variety of devices that can be fabricated, the pre-printed forms used contain entry areas and options for nearly all manner of device and fabrication options though only a portion are applicable to any particular prescription. The relative complexity of these prescription forms tend to result in inaccurate or incomplete prescriptions.

"These prescription forms are then delivered, many times along with physical artifacts such as an impression or casting of all or a portion of the patient's teeth or other oral features needed to accurately fabricate the prescribed device.

"Upon receipt of the prescription and accompanying artifacts, it is often discovered that the prescription provided is incomplete, internally inconsistent, or otherwise not able to be fabricated as prescribed. These errors may result in an incorrectly fabricated device or further delays in the fabrication process.

"In some cases, dental laboratories may in turn subcontract out the production of all or some of the prescriptions they receive from dentists. In such cases these third-party labs (the 'fabricating' lab) fabricate the device under direction of the laboratory to which the prescription was initially directed (the 'dispensing' lab). In such cases, the dentist is typically naive to the involvement of the fabricating lab and conducts all communications directly with the dispensing lab."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, NewsRx correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "A data processor at a central location includes a central processing unit, an interactive component to capture and validate prescriptions, a receiving component to receive prescriptions, an importer which writes the prescriptions to a central database, a transmitting component which sends the prescriptions to participating dental laboratories, a validation component to insure the responses meet basic standards of compliance and completeness, a business rules engine within the validation component to apply specific standards to validation based on the prescription and the intended laboratory.


"FIG. 1 is a block diagram of a network for managing the delivery of prescriptions for a plurality of collection dentists and dental labs, in accordance with one embodiment.

"FIG. 2 is a flow chart illustrating a process for electronically collecting and distributing prescriptions for dental prostheses, according to one embodiment.

"FIG. 3 is a flow chart illustrating a process for electronically collecting and distributing prescriptions for dental prostheses, according to a second embodiment.

"FIG. 4 is a flow chart illustrating a method of communicating the production and delivery status of prescribed dental prostheses, according to one embodiment.

"FIG. 5 is a flow chart illustrating a method of receiving prescriptions for dental prostheses by a dispensing laboratory and of forwarding those prescriptions to third-party fabricating laboratories and managing the process associated with fulfilling those prescriptions.

"FIG. 6 is a block diagram of a computer system suitable for executing methods and implementing servers and clients according to an example embodiment."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Johnson, Barry; Bodin, Don. System for the Interchange of Dental Prescriptions. Filed July 26, 2013 and posted February 6, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Dentistry, Don Bodin.

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Source: Health & Medicine Week

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