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Dental Encounter System (DES)

Metadata Updated: May 1, 2021

Dental Encounter System (DES) is an automated health care application designed to capture critical data about the operations of VA Dental Services. Information on completed procedures is gathered for each patient encounter through the Dental Record Manager software, which is a VA Computerized Patient Record System Class I adjunct application. This DES information is linked and includes encounter date, patient, provider, procedures, diagnosis codes, and additional associated qualifiers. DES productivity is measured using weighted work units known as relative value units (RVUs). RVU values are determined cooperatively by the Dental Coding Committee and Decision Support System (DSS) staff. One RVU is a measure of work effort and represents one minute of the average provider's time (presuming the provider is supported with one dental assistant and one treatment room) and is reported as a value with each procedure reported to DES. DES transactions are sent to the Austin Information Technology Center (AITC) database using standard Health Level Seven (HL7) messaging and the VA Vitria Interface Engine. These batched HL7 messages are parsed at the AITC and placed in a flat database file.

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Metadata Created Date November 10, 2020
Metadata Updated Date May 1, 2021

Metadata Source

Harvested from VA JSON

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date November 10, 2020
Metadata Updated Date May 1, 2021
Publisher Department of Veterans Affairs
Identifier VA-VHA-PCS-004
Data First Published 2017-07-26
Language en-US
Data Last Modified 2020-12-01
Rights Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, protected health information.
Category Basic Statistics, Use, and Operational Data
Public Access Level non-public
Bureau Code 029:15
Metadata Context
Metadata Catalog ID
Schema Version
Catalog Describedby
Data Quality True
Harvest Object Id db668495-4d5c-47f8-a09a-ba9f74a32e94
Harvest Source Id fcd1f625-1c2e-4663-95cf-1b0eb053cce1
Harvest Source Title VA JSON
Homepage URL
Program Code 029:051
Source Datajson Identifier True
Source Hash 04265a4655a216b651c9181d7b188c0bfe7d4a12
Source Schema Version 1.1
System of Records
Temporal 2002-01-01T05:00:00Z/2014-12-31T05:00:00Z

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