FCC prohibits hotels from blocking guests’ Wi-Fi

by Larry Emmott on January 30, 2015

in Internet

From Mashable:

The FCC issued an advisory Tuesday that warns companies not to block personal Wi-Fi devices.

…In response to the public outcry, Marriott had already sought to clarify what it was asking for.

“Marriott International listens to its customers, and we will not block guests from using their personal Wi-Fi devices at any of our managed hotels,”

via FCC prohibits hotels from blocking guests’ Wi-Fi.

I find it amazing that WiFi is free at a mid level hotel like Hampton Inn and you have to pay at an upscale Marriott.

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Tower Placement

by Larry Emmott on January 30, 2015

in Hardware,Office Design

Do not put the tower on the floor, it is likely to be damaged from cleaning activities; it could easily get wet from spills or mopping and it will pick up lots of dirt and dust. It needs to be close to a power supply and allow access in and out for various cables. For example if you position under the chair you will need to run monitor cables and USB inputs under the floor to the tower.

Need More Help? The article above is an excerpt from The Emmott on Technology Tech Guide;  Computers in the Treatment Room

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Guide to Digital Radiography

by Larry Emmott on January 29, 2015

in Radiography

Digital Radiography is no longer new; it has been on the market for close to thirty years. If you are not using it you probably have a convincing personal excuse. On the other hand you could compare film x-ray users to a dentist still using a belt driven handpiece in 1995, thirty years after the air turbine was invented.

There is no longer any excuse. Make 2015 the year you lower your patient’s exposure to radiation, improve diagnostic efficiency and reduce the cost of taking radiographs. If you are still wondering what to get and are concerned about costs check out my comprehensive technology guide, “Digital Radiography”

The “Digital Radiography” guide exposes nine myths about digital radiography and it will answer the basic question…Why bother? It then provides step by step help choosing and then setting up digital x-rays.

You will learn about; the five part imaging chain, the sensor wars, image enhancement and much more. And what will come as a complete shock to most dentists… there is even a budget and financial analysis that shows how digital radiography is actually cheaper than film.

“Digital Radiography” 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.

RadPages

Digital Radiography.

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Digital Patient Photos

by Larry Emmott on January 29, 2015

in Cameras,Diagnostics

Having a full set of patient images is a huge benefit for treatment planning, actual patient treatment, continuing care and dental-legal documentation. With film, taking processing and storing images was such a time consuming expensive and tedious task we never did it. With digital photography it is fast inexpensive and easy. Every dentist should have a set of photographic images of every patient just as we have a set of x-rays. The only reason we don’t is a relic from our pre-digital past.

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Advice or criticism?

by Larry Emmott on January 28, 2015

in Management

sethGMore wisdom from Seth Godin:

It’s quite natural to be defensive in the face of criticism. After all, the critic is often someone with an agenda that’s different from yours.

But advice, solicited advice from a well-meaning and insightful expert? If you confuse that with criticism, you’ll leave a lot of wisdom on the table.

via Seth’s Blog.

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on January 28, 2015

in Dental Art

Out of the mouth a babe

“Out of the Mouth a Babe” Hmmm interesting?

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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Paperless Records Tip

January 27, 2015

Insurance CDT codes are set up by procedure and are designed primarily to track fees. However, in real life in the dental office we work on appointments not just codes. Many procedures require multiple appointments to complete. For example a traditional crown (not CAD CAM) includes a preparation and then a delivery. A denture requires impressions […]

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Facebook Banishes Competition from News Feed

January 27, 2015

From Breitbart: Facebook intends to use this knowledge to develop algorithms that can “scalably” silence what it deems to be “noise” in users’ accounts. But what they are really after is to hide un-paid crap, to free up more user space for the good Facebook-paid crap. It is always a slippery slope when a corporate […]

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Sesame Aquired

January 26, 2015

Big news from my friends at Sesame Communications, they have been acquired by “Internet Brands” a major fully integrated online media and client services organization. For current Sesame clients nothing will change right now, however Internet Brands brings tremendous resources and experience to the dental market which will improve the reach and effectiveness of Sesame in […]

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Move over, humans, the robodocs are coming: Technology is going to significantly transform medicine, with sensors monitoring body functions

January 26, 2015

Amazing!! (and yet I still speak with dentists who question digital x-rays??) The health devices that companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Samsung are developing are based on MEMS sensors, which are one of the exponential technologies. These enable the measurement of things such as heart rate, temperature, blood pressure and activity levels and can […]

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Dances with Legends

January 26, 2015

AAPDA is a great meeting. I am privileged to be presenting a session on Data Safety, HIPAA, Hackers and Hype. for the 2015 meeting March 4-6 in Tucson. Plus I have been a member for over 25 years and can honestly say the Academy has had a profound effect on my practice and my life. […]

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Leap of Vision

January 25, 2015

It is not the computer it is the network.

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Blood, Sweat and Teeth

January 25, 2015

No other sport has a job quite like a dentist in the NHL. In some games, these dentists simply sit and watch, usually using season tickets provided by the team, waiting for a problem that never happens. In other games, they leave those seats and jump right into medical emergencies the likes of which they […]

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Ode to Hardware

January 24, 2015

I do not think I’ll ever view A tree as lovely as a CPU. Rocks and birds and sky are swell, But can’t compute like my Dell. What’s as lovely as a tree? A computer is; for geeks like me.

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CareCredit introduces new certification requirements

January 24, 2015

From ADA News: Each of the over 100,000 dental practices that accept the CareCredit credit card will be required to complete the new online certification training, which provides a clear, easy-to-understand explanation of the financing options available through CareCredit, and helps ensure that patients are given the most current information. via CareCredit introduces new certification […]

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Authenticity Index

January 23, 2015

From Modern Practice: Why do people feel comfortable saying in cyber space what they would probably never say face to face? Do we all revert to a more primitive state when in the shield of anonymity? via Authenticity Index – Modern Practice. Read the whole thing. I agree that people are much more likely to […]

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Dentrix Updates

January 23, 2015

eDex, a new feature in G6 New Dentrix G6 features on video. This is one of a series.

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Could also be Office Automation

January 22, 2015
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Augmedix raises $16 million to make Google Glass a must-have for doctors

January 22, 2015

Augmedix has announced a $16 million Series A funding round as the company looks to build out its Google Glass-powered medical tools for doctors. via Augmedix raises $16 million to make Google Glass a must-have for doctors. Google Glass isn’t dead yet. The potential for dentists and physicians to use hands free wearable computers is […]

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Patient Engagement Systems

January 21, 2015

My friends at Sesame Communications have produced another highly informative white paper on the value of digital patient communications. Here are some interesting excerpts: Automated Appointment Reminders The leading value associated with the automated appointment reminder functionality reported by practices was a reduction in no-shows. 74.25% of respondents noted that a reduction in no-shows was […]

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