Health Occupations (HOTT)
Health Occupations for Today and Tomorrow
By Halley Lee, South Dakota Department of HealthDid you know that by the year 2012, nearly 11,000 additional healthcare workers,
including dentists, dental assistants, and dental hygienists, will be needed in
South Dakota? Did you know that there will be a 21% decrease in the number of
high school graduates by the school year 2012/2013? Did you know that by the
year 2025, South Dakota will have the 9th highest proportion of elderly
nationally? Scary statistics, aren't they? So...are you ready? Do you know what
these stats actually mean? Simply speaking, they mean that as our baby boomers
retire and leave the healthcare workforce they are subsequently aging, requiring
additional healthcare services. At the same time, there are fewer and fewer high
school graduates available to replace them in the workforce.
To address this looming crisis, the SD Departments of Education, Health, and
Labor along with the Board of Regents, have created a new program to address the
critical need for healthcare workers in the state. Health Occupations for Today
and Tomorrow (HOTT) focuses on health career education for elementary, middle
and secondary students. HOTT offers students opportunities to learn about and
experience healthcare career pathways such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, and
So...do you know what you can do to be sure you have an adequate dental
workforce to meet the crisis head-on? For starters, watch for an exciting new
educational opportunity created just for the dental workforce. The Office of
Rural Health, in conjunction with the South Dakota Dental Association, has
created a fun activity for dental professionals to use in making presentations
to schools and youth groups. Students will sharpen up on their dental care facts
and learn about dental careers when you introduce them to the interactive game
Dental Jeopardy! Dental Jeopardy provides a presenter with an innovative
approach to educating students on preventive dental care, as well as the careers
associated with oral care. The first version of this activity is available on
the HOTT website (see below) under the "Lesson Plans" area.
For more information on Dental Jeopardy or on the HOTT initiative in general,
contact Halley Lee, South Dakota Department of Health at 605-773-6320 or visit
the website at www.sdjobs.org/sdhott.
Members Urged to Use Encryption
attending the HIPAA Compliance Seminar last month, several SDDA members
learned that they have not been following the requirements that patient data
be encrypted when transmitting electronically (email) between providers.
Many SDDA members are seeking an encryption service that would be used
by the majority of the dentists and specialists in the state. The SDDA has
not endorsed an encryption service and recognizes that there are many
encryption services available around the country, however those attending
the seminar learned that the State of South Dakota has created a free
encryption service for use by all health care providers in the state.
The service is known as DIRECT and is available through the South Dakota
Department of Health. DIRECT is a secure and efficient messaging service
that allows for the exchange of referrals, reports, and other patient care
documentation between providers who know each other and have a relationship
Members who would like to sign up for DIRECT can go to
this website: https://sdhealthlink.medicity.net.
The SDDA suggests
that you contact dentists and specialist with whom you most often exchange
patient health information to learn if there is an encryption service that
they recommend you use instead of, or in addition to, DIRECT. Please note
that this is not an endorsement of DIRCT and that the SDDA may make future
endorsements of services and vendors that help members comply with HIPAA.