How high tech and up to date are You?
I have developed an easy to follow assessment tool for dentists or dental team members to use to determine how tech savvy you are. This is a great way to find out how you compare to your peers and to discover areas of improvement.
Using technology effectively in the dental office requires that the office have the right stuff; that is things like hardware, cameras, sensors and good software. However it is just as important that the office use the stuff well. That is the office needs good solutions as well as good stuff.
Source: Dental Practice Technology Assessment | Emmott On Technology
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A new resource:
Intelligent tablet-based system issued to patients in the waiting room and used to collect, summarize and highlight important patient information for providers.
Source: Jakari Care – More time for great care.
I have looked at many of these kinds of products or services and in my opinion this is by far the best. However I need to be somewhat cautious as I have so far only demoed Jakari Care. I have not used it or spoken to current users. Assuming it works as advertised it is remarkable. ( I will do more research and follow up)
The core of the service is a robust online system of forms that can be used by patients at home or on a tablet in the office. What sets Jakari apart is the creative use of digital technology. For example they use branching logic to create a “smart” form. If a patient answers yes to having diabetes a whole new set of question is launched asking specific questions regarding their diabetic condition. If the patient answers no they never see those additional questions.
More to come.
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I saw this ad during the Super Bowl.
Did you know you can set up procedure codes so that by default they are not billed to insurance? That way, when you post that code it won’t be included on insurance claims.
Source: Dentrix Tip Tuesdays: Preventing Procedures from Being Billed to Insurance
This is one of those little items that is sooo useful yet so many people do not know about it. They just complain.
From Healthcare Informatics Magazine :
Researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Dentistry plan to conduct an analysis of electronic dental records of patients treated by dentists across the United States to explore the feasibility of using electronic dental records data for clinical research.
Source: Indiana Researchers Taking Big Data Approach to Dental Informatics | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology
This is great. I am a huge fan of the concept of using “Big Data” to help us better understand disease and treatment and to improve the human condition. But.
Recent experience has shown us that the Internet is simply not secure. At this time we have to assume that anything online is hackable. Until people can be assured that their personal information will remain anonymous and secure they will be reluctant to allow it to be used for research.
The research is very likely to find that some of our most cherished beliefs as to what is important to good dental health simply are not true. This will result in enormous cognitive dissonance and complete denial by large portions of the profession and the public.
Who gets to decide what “good” treatment actually is. What is best for the patient may not be what is best for the payers (who will likely have a hand in funding) or even what is best for the dental profession.
Never the less the concept is good and this research is a welcome step in the right direction. I am eager to see what they find.