REMEMBER when doctors made house calls?
While only a relative handful of doctors still offer them, there is growing evidence that comprehensive home medical care could be a viable alternative to the attendant woes and soaring expenses of institutional health services,…
…At the heart of the home care renaissance is a combination of high-tech, portable medical equipment and the age-old practice of doctors coming into the home to personally examine and treat their patients.
Source: The Doctor Is In. In Your House, That Is. – The New York Times
What the article does not say but is equally true is that para-professionals can do the house calls at an even lower cost than a fully trained and licensed physician. New technology allows for easy inexpensive onsite testing and diagnostics. If the tests indicate a more complex issue then the physician can be called in.
It is easy to make the case that the way medical care is currently delivered and paid for in the US is a mess. The key to lowering costs and improving access does not lie in more central command and control but will come about with improved technology and less third party interference.
From Fox News:
The team found that when used in spinal injuries in rodents and to mend the skull of a monkey, the hyper-elastic bone, made mostly of a ceramic and polymer, quickly integrated with surrounding tissue and began regenerating bone.
It swiftly mended bones in the spines of the rats and healed the monkey’s skull in just four weeks, with no signs of infection or other side effects, the scientists said.
“Another unique property … is that it’s highly porous and absorbent – and this is important for cell and tissue integration,” said Ramille Shah of Northwestern University’s department of material science, engineering and surgery, who co-led the work.”Even when it’s deformed or squeezed into a space, it still maintains high porosity, and this is also very important for blood vessels to infiltrate the scaffold so that it can further support cell and tissue growth.”
Source: Scientists fix fractures with 3-D printed synthetic bone | Fox News
Another incredible 3D printer story. We live in amazing times and are on the cusp of a new revolution in diagnosis and treatment using digital technology.
Most US dentists have moved computers into the treatment rooms, but not everybody. If you are one of the hold outs make 2016 the year you upgrade. When you do it do it right. There is more to it than just buying a bunch of computers, the question is where the heck do I put this stuff? Many dentists either just assume there is no room for a computer or they stuff it somewhere between the sink and the glove dispenser … then wonder why it doesn’t work very well.
My comprehensive technology guide, “Computers in the Treatment Rooms” lists the six keys to computers in the operatory and it will answer the basic question…Why bother? It then provides step by step help in setting up the computers, including the four access points, avoiding mistakes and resources for hard to locate parts and accessories.
“Computers in the Treatment Rooms” 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.
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Paperless records are just the beginning; digital technology ultimately empowers dental team members with a more efficient – digital workflow – utilizing online communication and electronic services.
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A piece in the American Student Dental Association’s September issue discusses how the YouTube culture is spreading do-it-yourself dentistry. In one example a video seen nearly 2.2 million times shows a young woman using a do-it-yourself method for a cavity.
Source: ASDA News September 2016
I use YouTube all the time for DIY projects. I love it. However I have to admit there is a fundamental difference between learning how to fix a bicycle chain and learning how to extract a tooth or repair a cavity. Where do you draw the line? Should we draw a line or do we trust in the general intelligence of people not to do stupid things that might lead to major injury?
Huh, if people could be trusted not to do stupid things half of YouTube content would not exist.
He who treats himself has a fool for a patient.
“The Martyrdom of Saint Apollonia” Another of the many Apollonia’s, this one by (or after?) Flemish Baroque painter Jacob Jordaens . He painted a different image around 1628 that I will include in a future post.
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.