Google Reviews

by Larry Emmott on January 16, 2017

in Digital Marketing,Social Media

A recent study found that 84% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations and 7 of 10 consumers will leave a review for a business if they’re asked to do so.  Are your patients leaving reviews on your Google Business Page? Have you asked them?

HT Sesame Communications

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medresearch3_JPGFrom WSJ:

…Technology now exists to provide cheaper and higher-quality health care, but giant roadblocks stand in the way.

That technology is artificial intelligence and machine learning. The algorithms behind AI are painfully complex, but the final product is simple—think Google Translate or Amazon’s Alexa. Saying a phrase and immediately having it translated is cool. Being told that your week of bad sleep and slight stomach pains could be cancer is life-altering.

Machine learning is already invading health care. Experts at Kaggle, an artificial-intelligence research firm, shared a few real-world applications of the technology with me: Predicting heart failure by looking at massive amounts of MRI scans, diagnosing diabetic retinopathy from eye imaging, and successfully predicting seizures with a machine analyzing electroencephalogram data.

The key is data. With more of it, accuracy gets better over time.

Source: Siri, Am I About to Have a Heart Attack? – WSJ

The linked article (which may require a login) makes the point that technology could be used to control medical / dental costs and would likely be more effective than current political proposals. Sadly politics may also stand in the way of effectively using the technology.

Who owns the data remains a major issue. Related to the ownership issue are issues of privacy and security. Do you trust the bureaucracy to keep your medical data safe? Are you OK with your medical data being used for research that could improve the human condition?

A third issue is opposition from entrenched interests (including dentists and physicians) who benefit from the current system.

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Guide to Paperless Records

by Larry Emmott on January 13, 2017

in Paperless

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Make a New Year’s Resolution. 2017 is the year you will go paperless.

Stop putting it off, going paperless can save you tens of thousands of dollars. Buy the book, take the first step.

My comprehensive technology guide, “How to go paperless in the dental office” will answer the basic question…Why bother?  It then provides step by step help in setting up a paperless office, including the eight essentials that need to be in place before you get started, four ways to digitize stuff, and front deskless workflow. There is even a budget and financial analysis that shows how your current paper system is costing you over $40,000!

“How to go paperless in the dental office” 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.

Follow the link to order your copy today.

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From Fox News:

The U.S. government on Tuesday issued rules for addressing cyber vulnerabilities in medical devices, providing manufacturers with guidelines for fixing security bugs in equipment, including pacemakers, insulin pumps and imaging systems.

Source: US posts rules for addressing cyber bugs in medical devices | Fox News

Reading the article the new rules are really guidelines. As much as I love the concept of the Internet of things (IOT) and can see amazing potential benefit from online medical devices, I am very concerned with security. Many (maybe most) IOT devices were designed with little or no thought to security. That can be a potential problem with a child’s toy but it is likely to be a much bigger potential problem with an implanted medical device.

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Dentist Best Job in America!

by Larry Emmott on January 12, 2017

in General

Our Best Job rankings include several different industries, so you can find the best job for you in the health care, business or technology industry, for example.

Source: The Best Job Rankings | US News Careers

# 1 Dentist, of course.

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From ScienceAlert:

Researchers have identified a drug that can regenerate teeth from the inside out, possibly reducing the need for artificial fillings.

The drug was previously used in Alzheimer’s clinical trials, and it now appears to improve the tooth’s natural ability to heal itself. It works by activating stem cells inside the tooth’s pulp centre, prompting the damaged area to regenerate the hard dentin material that makes up the majority of a tooth.

Source: Scientists have found a drug that regenerates teeth, and it could reduce the need for fillings – ScienceAlert

This is amazing!!

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Dental Art

January 11, 2017

The Dentist is In” by Anthony Falbo This is one of many pictures by Falbo that have dental themes. I am not sure what to make of this style, perhaps comic book Picasso. Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental […]

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Special Report: 2017 Top Tech to Watch

January 10, 2017

Fom IEEE Spectrum: Here are some of the technologies you’ll be reading about this year Source: Special Report: 2017 Top Tech to Watch – IEEE Spectrum More fun for the high tech gadget geek. A couple of items that might be used in dentistry in the near future. A robot arm and augmented (not virtual) reality.

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Wondering—past and future

January 10, 2017

More wisdom from Seth Godin: Wondering about your past, about what might have happened, about bad decisions made and roads not taken… this is a recipe for not much more than regret. But wondering about your future? When we wonder about the future, we get a chance to begin again, to set new goals and […]

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This low-cost device may be the world’s best hope against account takeovers

January 9, 2017

From  Ars Technica: The Security Keys are based on Universal Second Factor, an open standard that’s easy for end users to use and straightforward for engineers to stitch into hardware and websites. When plugged into a standard USB port, the keys provide a “cryptographic assertion” that’s just about impossible for attackers to guess or phish. Source: […]

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The Best of CES 2017

January 9, 2017

From PCMag.com: The Consumer Electronics Show (now officially simply termed CES) turned 50 this year. And yet, rather than turn stale or start to fade into irrelevance, the 2017 show brought some genuine innovation we haven’t seen in quite a while. Sure, wacky gadgets and pointless prototypes are all over the place at CES, but this […]

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Pick Two

January 6, 2017

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The Best Gadgets Coming in 2017

January 5, 2017

Here are the likely standouts among the smartphones, VR headsets, and smart watches hitting the market this year. Source: The Best Gadgets Coming in 2017

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Generational Tech

January 5, 2017

Many years ago I remember sitting with my mother helping her balance her checkbook.  We entered all the checks and subtracted to get the balance. I quickly did it by hand but then grabbed a calculator to check my math. My mother approached it from the opposite end. She used a calculator but then did […]

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Dental ultrasound firm S-Ray expands in Seattle to prepare for acquisition or IPO

January 5, 2017

From  Puget Sound Business Journal: S-Ray Inc. is developing its low-cost 3D imaging system with a patented ultrasound technology. The S-Ray system connects to a laptop or tablet and does everything an X-ray does using a simple mouthpiece that scans the teeth with ultrasound sensors rather than radiation and “bitewings” disliked by many patients. Source: Dental […]

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Dental Art

January 4, 2017

“Splatter Tooth” original watercolor by Christopher Brown. More info here: 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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Price Transparency Is Nice. Just Don’t Expect It to Cut Health Costs

January 3, 2017

From NYT: In Los Angeles and San Francisco, one analysis found, mammography prices vary by over a factor of five — from a low of $128 to almost $700. Prices for IUDs and lower-back M.R.I.s vary by a factor of three. An examination of Massachusetts health care prices found nearly a fourfold variation in M.R.I. […]

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One Breath Into This Breathalyzer Can Diagnose 17 Diseases

January 3, 2017

A single breath into a newfangled breathalyzer is all doctors need to diagnose 17 different diseases, including lung cancer, irritable bowel syndrome and multiple sclerosis, a new study found. Source: One Breath Into This Breathalyzer Can Diagnose 17 Diseases While still in development this is a great next step in high tech diagnostics. The article […]

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Dental Model Digitization

January 2, 2017

Is it possible in practice to digitize plaster models using DVT instead of 3D scanners? What are the differences between the images produced by various 3D scanners and DVTs? Are 3D scanners more accurate than DVT devices? PDF of Report The linked report indicates alternative methods to digitize a dental model. Interesting but in my […]

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Five Resolutions to Simplify Your Tech Life

January 2, 2017

From NYT: If you are like most people, there are things you do with tech that could use some tweaking. Strengthening your password security, for one, would benefit you tremendously in an era when hacks are rampant. For another, purging the e-junk you have accumulated over the years would help the environment and your sanity. […]

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