Denplan has released an upgraded version of the DEPPA tool to give a patient’s oral health score.
The Denplan Previser Patient Assessment (DEPPA) tool was designed and launched in 2013 to give an online report on a patient’s oral health score, which will provide evidence of a patient’s risk of future dental diseases.
‘We’re extremely proud of how popular the DEPPA tool has become since its launch over two and half years ago – over 50,000 patients have now benefitted from the evidence based tool, which is designed to help improve the patient experience and significantly improve their understanding of their oral health,’ Henry Clover, deputy chief dental officer at Denplan, said.
‘It is also a valuable clinical decision support tool.
‘We value the continued input from our member dentists, which enables DEPPA and our Excel programme as a whole to continue to develop.
‘The upgrades to DEPPA have been trialled already and we are confident they are straightforward to implement and will significantly enhance the usability of the tool for dentists.’
The DEPPA has been upgraded after input from Denplan’s Excel dentists and will contain three benefits.
- Patient data and reports will be stored securely within the DEPPA system. This means that whilst it is still best practice to save reports to the practice’s management software/clinical records, they can simply be accessed at any time from the DEPPA home page
- For a patient who has had a previous DEPPA assessment, this can be linked to the current one. A new third page will appear on these follow up assessments, which shows the results of up to two previous assessments, thus increasing patient’s understanding of how their oral health and future risk is changing
- The practice analysis reporting has been enhanced. This enables practices to audit their patients in depth, over any period of their choosing and at anytime.
Denplan has received positive feedback from dentists and patients about DEPPA, with 100% of dentists agreeing that DEPPA is a ‘valuable patient communication aid’.
Denplan has produced a simple guide to using the upgrade, for existing users of DEPPA, which is available alongside the main DEPPA manual.
DEPPA remains free to all Excel dentists, whilst non-Excel Denplan members can benefit from unlimited use of the online system for just £90 per month (inc VAT).
For more information about DEPPA or to sign up online, visit www.denplan.co.uk/dentists/denplan-excel/deppa.