Memorial Day

by Larry Emmott on May 29, 2017

in General

Thank You

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Transform Your Practice with Gamification!

by Larry Emmott on May 26, 2017

in Management

From BlueIQ:

Gamification is a proactive management system that provides immediate performance feedback and real-time progress. It’s focused on motivating your team to complete and achieve the defined tasks and goals (contributing upstream metrics) that feed your KPIs.By definition, gamification is the process of taking something that already exists (like your business processes) and integrating elements of game playing into it to encourage participation and engagement.

Source: Transform Your Practice with Powerful Gamification! – BlueIQ : BlueIQ

Game implies fun while work implies no fun.

Setting goals, measuring progress towards the goal, that is identifying and measuring Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and then rewarding positive outcomes is really basic management. Making it fun and adding a bit of good natured competition makes it a game.

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Three ways to add value

by Larry Emmott on May 25, 2017

in Management

More wisdom from Seth Godin:

Three ways to add value

Tasks, decisions, and initiation…

Doing, choosing, and starting…

Each of the three adds value, but ….When we think about humans who have made change happen, institutions who have made a difference, cultural shifts that have mattered, we must begin with initiation.

Source: Seth’s Blog: Three ways to add value

It is easy to see a direct connection to the thoughts above and dentists using technology.

It is easy to simply do the tasks that have always been done. And doing those tasks does add value. However initiating something new such as – digital records, web page communications, adding e-services – adds much more value. Starting is the hard part it is also essential to any meaningful change.

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Electronic Dental Record (EDR)

by Larry Emmott on May 25, 2017

in Paperless

What makes up  a digital patient record or EDR (electronic dental record)?

At the basic level there is  the patient census information, health history, the tooth chart, the treatment plan, all the progress notes and financial information. At the next level it is really a lot more than that. A complete digital record will also include any diagnostic material such as radiographs, photos, periodontal findings, advanced diagnostic data from CBCT or digital impressions. In the near future it will include genetic data.

There is still more. The digital record will also contain any correspondence, insurance contacts, specialty referrals and reports, records from previous dentists or physicians, continuing care reports, phone contacts, lab slips, prescriptions, pathology reports and all the rest.

The EDR will be part of a larger more comprehensive EDR (electronic health record). Whenever a dentist a physician or any health care provider makes a diagnosis, prescribes a medication or performs a treatment it will be added to the EHR available for future use by the patient or another healthcare professional.

What makes a digital record better than paper? The digital patient record is a lot more than just an electronic copy of all our paper records. When you apply the basics, that is to store transmit and manipulate electronic data, the information from the records can now be extended to general office records such as the appointment schedule, office financials and patient reports. It can also easily extend beyond the office to third parties in the form of e-claims and to advisors such as accountants and business consultants. The digital record information can also be sent online to web based services for storage or analysis. In other words the individual digital patient record integrates with the digital office and the Internet “cloud”  and it does so instantly automatically electronically and with no human time required.

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on May 24, 2017

in Dental Art

“Doubting Dentist”

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.

Previous “Dental Art” images can be found here on Pinterest.

 

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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

May 23, 2017

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

May 22, 2017

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 […]

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 Dentrix Tips

May 22, 2017

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 […]

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Help ADA develop standards, technical reports

May 19, 2017

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 […]

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5 steps for managing your reputation online

May 18, 2017

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 […]

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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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From our “Friends” at Yelp

May 16, 2017

6 Online reviews matter.

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DEXcapture v2.2

May 15, 2017
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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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