AADPA Tucson Starts Wednesday

by Larry Emmott on March 2, 2015

in Dental Speaker,Management

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FCC power grab ?

by Larry Emmott on March 2, 2015

in Internet

From USA Today:

Thursday marked the largest government intervention into the Internet ecosphere in American history. By equating the dynamic 21st century Internet to the telephone system of 1934, the Federal Communications Commission has thrust powerful but antiquated utility-style regulations onto the U.S. tech economy.

via Overturn FCC power grab: Opposing view.

Basic regulation invariably leads to more regulation and eventual regulatory capture.

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From NY Post:

A receptionist at a Manhattan dental office stole confidential information from hundreds of patient’s and teamed up with a​ former Apple employee to open fraudulent credit lines and buy hundreds of thousands in ​Apple ​gift cards,…

District Attorney Cy Vance. “We see in case after case how all it takes is single insider at a company – in this instance, allegedly, a receptionist in a dentists’ office – to set an identity theft ring in motion,..

via Dentist receptionist stole patient info to buy $700K in Apple gift cards | New York Post.

She was part of a gang that included crooked Apple employees. The article does not say but I believe it is possible that the dentist may be liable for a data breach under HIPAA rules.

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What the Times Got Wrong

by Larry Emmott on March 1, 2015

in Hardware,Just for Fun

From the NYT in 1985.

The limitations come from what people actually do with computers, as opposed to what the marketers expect them to do. On the whole, people don’t want to lug a computer with them to the beach or on a train to while away hours they would rather spend reading the sports or business section of the newspaper. Somehow, the microcomputer industry has assumed that everyone would love to have a keyboard grafted on as an extension of their fingers. It just is not so.

via THE EXECUTIVE COMPUTER – NYTimes.com.

It is easy (and fun) to look back at the experts and sneer at what they got wrong thirty years ago. The lesson of course is to be cautious with trying to predict the future. What the writer seems to have missed is that computers are not just a business machine but a personal machine that enhances all the things he mentions like reading at the beach or browsing the sports pages.

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OFrom Wash Post:

The federal government sent incorrect tax information to about 800,000 people who purchased health insurance last year through HealthCare.gov and asked them to delay filing their returns, Obama administration officials said Friday.

The mistake, which affects a critical part of the president’s signature health-care law, could slow tax refunds for many Americans who depend on the money for their family’s ­finances.

via 800,000 HealthCare.gov users received wrong tax information – The Washington Post.

Government healthcare all the compassion if the IRS with the efficiency of the DMV.

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Pi Day

by Larry Emmott on February 28, 2015

in Just for Fun

March 14 pi

Two Weeks from Today !

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February 28, 2015
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Synergyspecialists

February 27, 2015

I like this concept. Itinerant specialist who come to your office. There is not a large techno component except that technology allows for easier scheduling billing etc. Synergy Specialists was founded by a group of board certified specialists in 2013 who imagined a more cohesive and profitable way to provide your patients with complex dental services. Synergy […]

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The Five Things That Matter

February 27, 2015

Based on Angie’s List member responses, the top five things they found to be most important while evaluating their health care experiences were: Effectiveness of treatment Provider communication Scheduling availability Beside manner Waiting room time/provider punctuality via Evaluating the health care experience | Angie’s List Business Center. Interestingly the most important item was – did […]

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Lenovo Superfish Adware Creates Major Security Problems

February 26, 2015

Here are the technical issues: Starting in September 2014, Lenovo pre-installed Superfish VisualDiscovery spyware on some of their PCs. This software intercepts users’ web traffic to provide targeted advertisements.In order to intercept encrypted connections (those using HTTPS), the software installs a trusted root CA certificate for Superfish. All browser-based encrypted traffic to the Internet is intercepted, […]

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What Dental Webmasters Need to Know

February 26, 2015

…know what Internet users want – speed and ease. Ensure your website loads quickly and keep pages as close to the homepage as possible. Don’t make the users have to click more than three or four times to get to their desired destination. It’s also important to avoid publishing duplicate content.This includes copying content from […]

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You be the Judge

February 25, 2015

If your office is modern up to date and using the newest technology it is likely that your patients will believe you are modern and up to date. If you have old out of date technology from the BC (before computer) era  your patients are likely to believe you are??? Fill in the blank. It […]

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Dentrix Tip Tuesdays: Verify Billing Statements to Send

February 25, 2015

One of the options  you can use as part of your billing process is the Verify Billing Statements to Send feature. It allows you to preview your batch of billing statements and make changes before they are sent electronically or printed in your office. It also allows you to deselect specific statements and prevent them […]

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Dental Art

February 25, 2015

“Check Up” by Norman Rockwell. This is a classic Rockwell image. The posture and expressions on the girls faces tell a compelling story. I especially like the the way the girl on the left is looking on. Rockwell created a long series of images for Crest toothpaste featuring smiling kids and the line “Look Mom no […]

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Henry Schein TechCentral – Protected Practice Solutions

February 24, 2015

Just locking your practice’s front door at night doesn’t mean your practice is protected from intrusion or threats. Today, protecting your practice requires you to make network and data security a priority, especially now that more of your records, processes and data are digitized and accessible over the Internet. via Henry Schein TechCentral – Protected […]

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3-D Printing Prosthetic Hands That Are Anything but Ordinary

February 24, 2015

From NYT: The Rivermans, of Forest Grove, Ore., could not afford a high-tech prosthetic hand for their son, and in any event they are rarely made for children. Then help arrived in the guise of a stranger with a three-dimensional printer… State-of-the-art prosthetic replacements are complicated medical devices, powered by batteries and electronic motors, and […]

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The first rule of web design

February 23, 2015

 Tell me where to click. Just about every web page is designed to cause me to connect, to buy, to approve, to move to the next step. Okay, great. Where is the button to do that? via Seth’s Blog. Follow the link to Seth Godin’s blog for the full article with several bad examples. More […]

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Feel Better Now?

February 23, 2015
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When the Worst Happens

February 22, 2015

By far the worst thing that could happen to a dental office computer system is the failure of the server hard drive. If this happens the dental office has no access to data. The best way to protect yourself is to have two additional copies of the data. The first is a second hard drive […]

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Henry Schein One of World’s Most Admired Companies

February 22, 2015

Congratulations to Henry Schein, they have been ranked No. 1 in the Wholesalers: Health Care industry on the FORTUNE® “World’s Most Admired Companies” list for 2015. This is the second consecutive No. 1 ranking for the Company and the 14th consecutive year that Henry Schein has been named to the list. World’s Most Admired Companies […]

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