Apple is preparing to do battle with “Right to Repair” legislation in Nebraska, but there’s more than just phones at stake.

Source: “Right to Repair” Is About a Whole Lot More Than iPhones

Not dental but worth a read. It seems that if we buy a product we should be able to service it. How is it a vendor can choose to “brick” a device we supposedly own making it useless?

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RobCResearch shows that software robots will soon automate 80% of repetitive tasks currently being done by people and increase productivity by freeing up humans to use their brains.

Source: Artificial intelligence will increase productivity by sharpening human mind

The linked article takes a very positive approach to the coming disruptions of AI. Economists have estimated that the typical office worker’s productivity has increased 84% due to digital technology. I am generally a big fan of tech and AI however there is a negative side that no one wants to address.

What will happen to all the workers who lose their jobs because of automation? What jobs will be left for people of the future?

I am enough of an optimist to believe that eventually the future will all be much better than the present. However we are still faced with some very distressing times.

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Office for Civil Rights announces $3.2 million penalty

by Larry Emmott on February 20, 2017

in Security

From ADA News:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights said Feb. 1 that it had finalized a $3.2 million civil money penalty against the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas following multiple alleged Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations between 2009-13.

Source: Office for Civil Rights announces $3.2 million penalty

3800 records were exposed when a laptop was stolen.  No one reported any actual damages or identity theft. 3.2 million comes out to more than $500 per record.

If you have 3000 patient records on your server and it is stolen an equivalent fine would be 1.5 million dollars. Liability insurance will not pay these fines. What would that do to your business? What would it do to your life?  Think about it.

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Chicago Midwinter Feb 23-25

by Larry Emmott on February 20, 2017

in Dental Speaker,Management,Paperless

CDS17

Source: Course Catalog

I will be presenting three session in Chicago this week.

Digital workflow: Beyond Paperless (two versions) and Google Juice: Using the Internet Effectively

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Look HERE for information and Registration.

We have priced the event to make it easy to bring the whole team.

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From  Ars Technica:

Technical support scams are the bottom of the barrel for cyber-crime. Using well-worn social engineering techniques that generally only work on the least sophisticated computer users, these bootleg call-center operations use a collection of commercially available tools to either convince their victims to pay exorbitant fees for “security software” or extort them to gain control of their computer. And yet, these schemes continue to rake in cash for scammers.

Source: “You took so much time to joke me”—two hours trolling a Windows support scammer | Ars Technica

This is mostly a fun article by a tech expert scamming a scammer. However it also contains some good advice regarding scams that we all need to keep in mind. It is especially important the people answering the phones and checking e-mail in the office understand the danger in these scams.

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This Cute Robot Arm Is Small Enough to Sit on Your Desk

February 15, 2017

This friend could be yours for just a few hundred bucks thanks to a new Indiegogo campaign. Source: This Cute Robot Arm Is Small Enough to Sit on Your Desk Hmmm I see a robot arm like this as a huge help to lab techs or…maybe even as a chairside assistant?

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Dental Art

February 15, 2017

“Door” Another dental print from Yuval Mahler. More here. 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 Dental Art images can be found here on Pinterest.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2017
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WHAT IMPLANT IS THAT?

February 13, 2017

Ultimate Guide to Identify Dental Implants WhatImplantisThat.com is a FREE resource to the dental profession. We help you identify dental implants by merely looking at your patient’s radiographs. Source: WHAT IMPLANT IS THAT? – Ultimate Guide to Identify Dental Implants This amounts to an online atlas of dental implants with 952 images that a dentist […]

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February 10, 2017
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Carestream Scanner OK for Ortho (Updated)

February 10, 2017

Carestream Dental announced that its CS 3600 intraoral scanner has been approved for use with 3M’s Incognito appliance system for orthodontic treatment. Source: Dental News, Dental education, Dental Social networking

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Sedona Biking

February 9, 2017

Video from Technology on the Rocks More Information.

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Data Safety and HIPAA

February 9, 2017

Webinar: February 15. HIPAA compliance consists largely of having the right forms and signatures. Learn what PHI, CE, NPP, BA and Exempt mean and why it matters. Understand the critical elements of risk assessment, the six basic steps to compliance and four critical important real world measures dentists should be taking beyond the paperwork that […]

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Dental Art

February 8, 2017

“Graffiti Teeth” This is what happens when your teeth are left in a dicey neighborhood. 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 Dental Art […]

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Adventure CE for the Whole Team

February 7, 2017

Bring the whole team; Sedona is a magical place that everyone will love. We have priced this event to make this easy for you to do with deep discounts for each team member attending with a doctor. Make Technology on the Rocks a reward trip or a retreat for the team. Registration and Information

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Printed human body parts could soon be available for transplant

February 7, 2017

From The Economist: One promising approach is to print them. Lots of things are made these days by three-dimensional printing, and there seems no reason why body parts should not be among them. As yet, such “bioprinting” remains largely experimental. But bioprinted tissue is already being sold for drug testing, and the first transplantable tissues are […]

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Organic Results

February 6, 2017

No one really knows the exact process Google (or any other search engine) uses to deliver organic results. At best they are making educated guesses based on observations. Many web companies claim to be able to give you more juice, to improve or optimize your chances of a high search engine ranking. They sell this […]

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This is How IBM’s Watson will fight Cancer

February 6, 2017
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Hmmm?

February 3, 2017

A bus station is where a bus stops.  A train station is where a train stops.  On my desk, I have a work station.

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