Orthodontic Software Interoperability

Unleashing the potential of orthodontic software and research

Presentation Goals

  • You have limited control over your patients data.
  • Open Standards-based Interoperability.
  • What to look for when purchasing new software.

Problem 1

Intra-office Connections

Problem 2

Inter-office Connections

Problem 3


  • Today's research is embarrassingly based on a tiny fraction of our population (< 100 patients)
  • We have the technology in place to bump up sample size by 2-3 orders of magnitude.

Problem 4

Data Conversion

  • A lot of time and resources spend for data conversion (import and export)
  • Data conversion is a tedious repetitive process: developers keep reverse engineering and don't share their work.

Problem 5

Data to Patient

  • Awareness of data ownership is growing and governments are adding regulations (21st Century Cures Act, Information Blocking)
  • Providers don't know how to give patients their data.

How can we solve the problem?

We develop the perfect software.

We make use of standards.

Humans and Standards

Humans have a history of making significant progress by adopting standards.


Measuring things (SI Units)

Tire Codes (ISO-83.160.10)

Containers, Rail Track Gauge

RCA Sound Tape Cartridge, Elcaset, Compact Cassette

Wall Socket (NEMA 1-15, NEMA 5-15)

Screws (ASME-B1, ISO-68,261,262,724,725

TCP/IP Networking (the Internet), Email, SMS

No Standards: Nintendo, Xbox, Playstation, ...

Tesla Open Source Patents


Strategic Plan of the Past

Attempts have been made in the past, but they failed. Why?

  • We have used closed interoperability
  • Fear of losing customers
  • It's work to follow standards
  • No request from customers
  • Lack of Information

Master Plan

How would the future look like?

What can you do?

  • Start Now! Set up your own PACS Imaging Server.
  • Ask your IT and software vendors about implementing open-standards based solutions. Question high prices.
  • Keep your eyes pealed, keep informed.

Ask you software's support these questions

Find out if you really have control over your data.

  • The day I decide to move to a different software product, what will the process to export my data and import it into the new software be?
  • I would like to use Software B to send out my email reminders. Can you please ensure the two software products can share data both ways?