Dues Ex Machina

by Larry Emmott on May 23, 2017

in Diagnostics,Future Tech,Management,Theraputics

From Inscriptions—May 2017:

A fascinating article on automation and the future of dentistry by AzDA President Rob Roda, DDS.

Check out the previous article regarding 3D printed organs for a glimpse at the kind of future tech Dr. Roda is referring to…amazing!

Source: Inscriptions—May 2017

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Scientists Close to 3-D Printed Ovaries

by Larry Emmott on May 23, 2017

in Future Tech

From NPR:

The list of things that can be created with 3-D printers keeps getting longer: jewelry, art, guns, food, medical devices and, now, mouse ovaries.

Source: Scientists May Someday Fight Infertility With 3-D Printed Ovaries : Shots – Health News : NPR

Amazing! Ovaries today teeth tomorrow

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WannaCry Update

by Larry Emmott on May 22, 2017

in Security

From Strategy Page:

The incident began with the activation of ransomware malware called WannaCry. What made WannaCry so dangerous was that it made use of several capabilities including a hidden (but findable) backdoor program that tried to spread WannaCry to Microsoft Windows computers that had a known vulnerability but were not updated to remove the vulnerability. This automatic spread of malware is called a worm…

Source: Information Warfare: An Endless Mystery Called WannaCry

Very interesting including speculation that the attack came from North Korea, but then again maybe not. Plus a useful glossary of computer terms.

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 Dentrix Tips

by Larry Emmott on May 22, 2017

in Management,Software

More great advice from Dayna Johnson the The Dentrix Office Manager:

 More Information Button – This feature is located on all Dentrix toolbars and you can also find it in the lower left corner of the schedule appointment window. Have you ever been on the phone with a mom and she wants to know when her three kids and husband are scheduled next for all their future appointments … but you’re not sure what’s the most efficient way to find all these appointments for the entire family?

Or are you working in the Patient Chart and your patient asks you when her husband is due for his checkup but you really don’t want to leave the chart and figure out how to look for that information?

Both of these scenarios can be completed using the More Information button.

Source:  The Dentrix Office Manager

In my experience most dental offices are very inefficient in their use of technology. The future dental team member who will be the most valuable will be the emplpyee who best knows how to use technology. Dayna is a great source of Dentrix user info.

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Help ADA develop standards, technical reports

by Larry Emmott on May 19, 2017

in General

From ADA News:

All interested dental professionals can help develop standards and technical reports related to electronic dental technologies as part of the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics…

…The ADA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute to develop American National Standards for products and information technology used by the dental profession and consumers. Currently there are more than 90 national standards and more are under development.

Source: Help ADA develop standards, technical reports

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From New Dentist Blog:

…reviews are a part of operating any kind of business in the 21st century, what can you do? With some help from the ADA Practical Guide to Internet Marketing, here are five steps for managing your reputation online:

Source: 5 steps for managing your reputation online | New Dentist Blog

Online reputation and user reviews are incredibly powerful. Check this Yelp commercial.

The linked article has some good basic suggestions starting with simply being aware. That is Google yourself. What do you see? Check yourself out on Yelp and Healthgrades. I have often found negative online reviews that dentists were not aware existed. However every potential new patient who Googles your name just to get a phone number will see those reviews.

A second good practice is to claim your free business pages from Google, Yelp and Healthgrades. That is the best option you have for controlling what people see when the look you up online. Especially Google business. It is essential; that every dentist has an up to date Google business presence.

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New Affordable Intra-oral Camera for only $299.

May 18, 2017

From Dinecorp.com: New Affordable Intra-oral Camera for only $299.When it comes to selling and communicating cases to patients a picture says it all. Intraoral cameras are proven tools for boosting patient awareness and case acceptance, but why should they cost thousands of dollars? The new Mouth Watch intra-oral camera is a simple to use, high quality […]

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Windows XP Makes Ransomware and Other Threats So Much Worse

May 17, 2017

The mass weekend ransomware attack now being called “Wannacry” has all the elements of a spy thriller. The attack supposedly uses secret hacks stolen from the NSA and was “accidentally” thwarted by a young computer wiz. From WIRED: AS A VICIOUS new strain of ransomware swept the UK’s National Health Service yesterday, shutting off services at […]

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Dental Art

May 17, 2017

“Technicians Hands” by Aurelien Maye Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental Art pieces please send them to me or give me a link. Thanks.

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Protect Your Office from Ransomware

May 16, 2017

From ADA News: Some good advice in light of the WannaCry mass ransomware attack over the weekend. Backup your data regularly and keep a copy off-site: Backing up your data regularly and keeping a secured copy offsite can help protect you from ransomware, and would also be useful in the case of a disaster like […]

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Ransomware Leads the Way in 2017’s Predicted Rise in Health Data Theft

May 15, 2017

UPDATE: I found and wrote this before the huge world wide ransomware attach over the weekend.  Some have dubbed the attack as an opening salvo in World Cyber War I. …the real surge in healthcare data crime is expected in ransomware in which a data thief holds a patient’s records for ransom.  According to a recent […]

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May 14, 2017
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Health Care Is a Business, Not a Right

May 12, 2017

From Bloomberg View: Subjecting health care to the sordid whims of the marketplace strikes many people as simply immoral. Source: Health Care Is a Business, Not a Right – Bloomberg View A very interesting article by one of my favorite thinkers Megan McArdle. She points out our built in bias toward helping others in need and […]

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These ER Docs Invented a Real Star Trek Tricorder

May 11, 2017

From NBC News: …the tricorder was a handheld medical device that could scan a patient, read his or her vital signs, and diagnose problems in minutes. A working prototype invented by a Philadelphia-based emergency room physician Basil Harris may not look like the ones used by Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy and Commander Beverly Crusher throughout the […]

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May 11 National Root Canal Appreciation Day

May 11, 2017
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365 Days of Social Posts for Dentistry

May 10, 2017

A new book from Rachel Mele: 365 Days of Social Posts for Dentistry.  It includes post suggestion for every day of the year along with descriptions of how to make the post engaging with links to live examples. Source: Book — Rachel Mele, Speaker

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ADA promulgating information on helping dentists make their websites accessible

May 10, 2017

From ADA News:  Completely Missing The Point The law has been construed, in some instances, to require that such accessibility be extended to websites offering services to the public. Source: ADA promulgating information on helping dentists make their websites accessible What did he say? “has been construed” that means there is no clear construction. It […]

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Dental Art

May 10, 2017

“Baby Tooth” Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental Art pieces please send them to me or give me a link. Thanks.

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