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Law enforcement groups and private security companies around the world said they have taken down a botnet that enslaved more than 770,000 computers in 190 countries, stealing owners’ banking credentials and establishing a backdoor to install still more malware.

via Botnet that enslaved 770,000 PCs worldwide comes crashing down | Ars Technica.

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Guide to “Going Paperless”

by Larry Emmott on April 16, 2015

in Paperless

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Is it really possible to go paperless? How can I turn all this junk into a digital record? And why should I even bother?

The fact is that it is possible to create a completely paperless dental record. And going paperless can save you tens of thousands of dollars.

My comprehensive technology guide, “How to go paperless in the dental office” will answer the basic question…Why bother?  It then provides step by step help in setting up a paperless office, including the eight essentials that need to be in place before you get started, four ways to digitize stuff, and front deskless workflow. There is even a budget and financial analysis that shows how your current paper system is costing you over $40,000!

“How to go paperless in the dental office” will answer all your questions, provide a plan and show you how to save money… all delivered in a fun and easy to understand style.

Follow the link to order your copy today.

 

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Stuff vs. Solutions

by Larry Emmott on April 16, 2015

in General,Management,Paperless

confused20computer20userA problem I see over and over again with high tech and dentistry is Stuff vs. Solutions. The most visible element of digital technology is the thing; that is the computer, the sensor the big monitor or even the web page. Because these things are so obvious the tendency is to think of technology in terms of these things, in other words “stuff”. If you have the stuff you are high tech.

Having stuff is nice but the real value of technology is when it can be used to provide a solution. Technology by itself has no value it only has value when it used to enhance our systems both human systems and clinical systems.

A human system for example is the work flow needed to schedule a patient, remind them of an appointment, and get the proper information to the dentist regarding that patient. A clinical system would be capturing a diagnostic aid like a radiograph or detecting decay.

If a dental office has a good PMS (Practice Management System) like Eaglesoft or Dentrix that is stuff. Following the human system example above many offices will use the PMS to schedule, then call the patient to remind them and then dig out a paper chart from the files to record and transfer information about the patient. They may have stuff, but do not have a good solution.

On the other hand if the office uses the PMS to make an appointment then connects to a web service to send an e-reminder and gets a complete patient record with a single mouse click from any computer in the office; that is a solution.

The office with good high tech solutions will get much more value from technology that those offices who just buy stuff.

Buying stuff is easy (as long as you have the money :-)) Developing and implementing solutions takes a lot more effort.

Want some help?

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Star of the North

by Larry Emmott on April 16, 2015

in Dental Speaker

I will presenting an all day program April 23 in St. Paul at the Star of the North.

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Google Juice in the morning and Paperless Records in the afternoon.

 

 

 

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Healthcare Hot Target for Hackers

by Larry Emmott on April 15, 2015

in Security

SFrom Washington Post:

The health care sector has become the hot target for hackers in recent months, according to researchers at Symantec,..

After a wave of high-profile attacks on banks and retailers over the last two years, almost 80 percent of the calls to Symantec’s global “incident response” service since December have come from health organizations,

via Hackers keep trying new targets in search of easy data – The Washington Post.

The other area of increased hacker activity is education. Like healthcare universities where administrators have historically been less focused on computer security.

Another area of increasing concern is “Ransomware”. Malicious hackers will invade a computer and encrypt all the data. They will release it only of the victim pays a fee. I have already talked to several dentists who have been victims of this type of attack. It is devastating.

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Tax Day

by Larry Emmott on April 15, 2015

in Just for Fun

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Dental Art

April 15, 2015

“Dental Spider” This was not really intended as art, it is an alternative light image of dental enamel. Never the less it is visually compelling. However I think I made a strategic mistake. Last week I posted a bizarre image by Serbian painter by Biljana Durdevic. The title was “Dentist Society” however it depicts ugly, frightening, oversize men […]

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Interview; How people use the Internet and how they sabotage their own attempts at using technology.

April 14, 2015

Follow the link to an Interview I did with Ryan Pitz of Patient Pursuit: How is technology expanding and making marketing a dental practice more complex? Well, it’s gonna be no surprise to anyone when I say, “the Internet,” because – let’s talk about what the Internet is and what it’s done. What the Internet […]

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Advantages of “Going Paperless”

April 14, 2015

From XLDent: By eliminating paper records, you reduce the chance of losing a note or misplacing a file. Progress notes will automatically queue when charting common procedures, saving time and offering you the ability to record more detail than a hand written note. Clinical notes can be sorted by tooth number, making it faster for […]

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Playbrush dongle turns dental hygiene into a video game

April 13, 2015

The rubber-clad Playbrush dongle fits onto the end of any manual toothbrush and connects to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. The movement of the brush is picked up by an accelerometer and gyroscope in the dongle, which then feeds it to the phone to control the game, and the game will encourage the brusher […]

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The selfish truth about word of mouth (why referrals don’t happen)

April 13, 2015

A must read from Seth Godin: Of course you will be eagerly and often referring your friends and neighbors to your dentist, insurance broker, lawn mowing guy and that book you just read. Actually, not so much. via Seth’s Blog. He lists six reasons people are reluctant to refer, even if they really like the […]

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Cyber Insurance

April 10, 2015

Dentalrug is another resource for insurance protection against HIPAA violations and data breach liability. Breach related expenses such as client notification, credit monitoring, regulatory defense and penalties, forensics, reputation protection, and the payment of any settlements can result in significant out-of-pocket expenses via dentalrug. Thanks to Amy Wood with ACS Technologies. I also like PCIHIPAA.

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A new landscape for Google Maps: The human body

April 9, 2015

WOW, from the Wash Post: Using Google’s algorithms, they layer a series of images on top of each another to create one zoomable picture of the human body. They can zoom from a view that is a few centimeters wide – a close-up of a joint, for example – to a view nanometers wide – an […]

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Implementation

April 9, 2015

Implementing new technology involves more than buying and installing a product – it also requires change. People resist change for a variety of reasons and overcoming that resistance, from both doctors and staff, is often more of a challenge than actually using the technology. Need some help?

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Only One is Good

April 8, 2015

There are three possible outcomes when adding technology to the office only one of which is good. One: The office buys a new high tech system then throws team members at it with little or no training and no plan for implementation. This all too common approach almost always results in frustrated staff and wasted […]

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Please Choose One – EHR

April 8, 2015

Why physicians are rebelling against Electronic Health Records (EHR) Please choose one: The three words blink in front of me on the computer screen. via Please Choose One | The Health Care Blog.

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Dental Art

April 8, 2015

“Dentist Society” by Biljana Durdevic. And I have no idea what it is about or supposed to represent. 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. All the […]

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50 Years of Moore’s Law

April 7, 2015

Fifty years ago this month, Gordon Moore forecast a bright future for electronics. His ideas were later distilled into a single organizing principle—Moore’s Law—that has driven technology forward at a staggering clip. via Special Report: 50 Years of Moore’s Law – IEEE Spectrum.

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Fifty Shades of Grey

April 7, 2015

Heh, In dentistry we have 256 shades of grey. Not related to the previous post on “Captive Dentists”

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The Captive Dentist

April 7, 2015

Imagine a world in which—if you owned a Volkswagen­—you could only fill up at a Volkswagen gas station using Volkswagen gas. Ford gas won’t work. You can only drive in the Volkswagen lane and take the Volkswagen off ramp. If the Volkswagen off ramp is closed for repairs, you can’t take the Ford or Toyota off ramp. That whole […]

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