AssesCHow 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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Jakari Care – Going Paperless

by Larry Emmott on February 9, 2016

in e-Services,Paperless,Tablet Computers

JakariA 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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Echo

by Larry Emmott on February 8, 2016

in General,Hardware

I saw this ad during the Super Bowl.

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OralEye a Teledentistry App

by Larry Emmott on February 8, 2016

in Cameras,Diagnostics,Mobile

Source: OralEye Home Page

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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.

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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.

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Investigating Google

February 4, 2016

From Bloomberg Business: “The issue of local search result fairness is an evolving issue in a fast-paced digital economy,” Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said in a joint letter with the attorney general for the District of Columbia. “We encourage the commission to consider new information and developments that have become available both domestically and internationally […]

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Fit and finish

February 4, 2016

More wisdom from Seth Godin: It’s pretty clear that the design of the egg carton isn’t going to change the flavor of the omelette. Except, of course, it does. Source: Seth’s Blog: Fit and finish People make judgments based on the things they see and feel. Then they defend those judgments. Patients have no way […]

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Guide to “Computers in the Back”

February 3, 2016

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 […]

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Dental Art

February 3, 2016

“X-Ray” Radiology as art. Interesting. I do not have a name or source for this image but it is creative and has a strong visual impact. 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 […]

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Digital photography in dentistry

February 2, 2016

From DentistryIQ, Tools and techniques to help your patients and improve your practice : Digital photography can have numerous impacts on your dental practice: Photos can educate patients and improve case acceptance, communicate shade to the dental lab, and improve patients’ confidence following treatment. Source: Digital photography in dentistry: Tools and techniques to help your patients […]

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Paper Charts are NOT Free (Cont’d)

February 2, 2016

I apologize. In this article from last week I stated that paper records cost about $2.50 each. I was wrong. As you can see in the screen shot below a basic record actually starts at $4.39. I looked this up after a reader questioned my calculations. Based on a modest practice size of 2,500 patients […]

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The Ten Most Common Mistakes Dentists Make Using Technology

February 1, 2016

No training No follow up training Dentist doesn’t get training No training on updates Not enough training Lack of training Little training Self training Poor training Won’t pay for training

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Encrypting the Server

January 29, 2016

The following comes from Scott Wood the CEO of ACS Technologies in California. “There are two basic ways to encrypt your dental practice data on your server. You can use encryption software, like BitLocker or you can use Self-Encrypting Drives (SED). BitLocker and other systems allow the server to reboot without entering a password. Your […]

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Expert Business Strategies

January 28, 2016

From the ADA “Expert Business Strategies”   I contributed a chapter on Paperless Records. I am honored to be included along with Cathy Jameson, Rita Zamora, Roger Levin, Susan Gunn and others. Order Here:

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Diagnosis by Smartphone? – There’s an App for That

January 28, 2016

From Dentistry Today: Researchers at the University of Western Australia and the Australian e-Health Research Center developed a store-and-forward telemedicine platform called Remote-I to assist in oral disease screening, using an image acquisition Android application. Source: Diagnosis by Smartphone? There’s an App for That | Dentistry Today Another step to true teledentistry. Here is another example of this […]

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Paper Charts are NOT Free

January 27, 2016

Paper charts don’t just appear in the office for free. The paper folder and all the other papers cost about $2.50 each. If you have 2500 charts they cost you at least $6,250 to create and every time a new patient walks in it’s another two-fifty; cha-ching. Other chart contents, like x-rays and photographs can […]

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Dental Art

January 27, 2016

“Pliers” Commercial art from BEGO. Notice the pliers have 3rd molars, I also like the inventive TMJ concept. 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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The 25 Most Popular Passwords of 2015: We’re All Such Idiots

January 26, 2016

Every year, SplashData complies a list of the millions of stolen passwords made public throughout the last twelve months, then sorts them in order of popularity. This year the results, based on a total of over 2 million leaked passwords, are not the list of random alpha-numeric characters you might hope for. Rather, they’re a […]

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Dentists Will Soon Print Antibacterial 3-D Teeth

January 26, 2016

Wow…just Wow: The rapid evolution of 3-D printing technology in the dental industry will soon expand beyond simply creating crowns or dentures to incorporate chemicals that fight the bacteria that cause tooth decay and infection in the first place. Source: Dentists Will Soon Print Antibacterial 3-D Teeth

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