tellcastRalph Laurie one of the founders of TelCast described it to me as “Pandora for video”.

TellCast – Entertainment marketing for your business..

It does not work quite like Pandora but it does allow you to create custom play lists for your office and allow your patients to select and pair their device to video entertainment using a smart phone app.

Some dentists have regular cable TV available to dental patients. This might be better than nothing but not much. Cable TV content may not be appropriate for your professional office, the programs are almost always far to long for a person waiting a few minutes in the reception area or in a treatment room for the doctor and worst of all are commercials that come on for competing products.

We do not compete solely with other dentists we also compete for discretionary dollars. People are reluctant to spend money on fine dentistry as it is why make it harder for them to invest in that $1,000 crown by showing them an ad for cars vacations and cool tech gadgets.

The Tellcast playlists include short funny clips, interesting bits of news, children’s programming, trivia questions and even short subtle marketing messages from the dentist. It is completely customizable and the available content is constantly growing.

The video below is quick overview, go to the web site for a complete demo that shows you the basics of how it works and even takes you step by step to create your own channels.

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on October 22, 2014

in Dental Art

Fang

“Fang” It is fascinating the number of shoes with teeth that people create. I don’t get the relationship but I have at least half a dozen examples. I don’t know if these Fang shoes are art but they are very interesting in a kind of weird way.

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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Six Seconds

by Larry Emmott on October 21, 2014

in Digital Marketing,Social Media

The newest social media sensation is Vine which features six second videos.

It is amazing what you can do in six seconds. Yet dentists insist on making three or four minute videos for their web sites and YouTube channels. I guarantee you no one is watching a talking head dental video for more than ten or twenty seconds. Except the dentist who made it.

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At the ADA OperaDDS

by Larry Emmott on October 21, 2014

in Management,Security,Software

One of the most intriguing new tech products I saw at the ADA was the new upgraded version of OperaDDS. Developed by a dentist, Bryan Laskin, OperaDDS is a complete information dashboard that combines dental practice communications so that any team member can instantly be paged, receive e-mail, send orders to labs, or collaborate with other specialists from anywhere there is Internet access.

OperaDDS.

The Opera suite has three sections

  1. Send a free HIPAA compliant encrypted e-mail service.
  2. Chorus a multi user communications tool that links the dental office to labs, specialists and others using the cloud bypassing telephone slips and sticky notes.
  3. Pager An interoffice communication system to take the place of lights and radios.

 

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From Mashable:

CNN’s Business 2.0, a magazine that once lived as part of CNN Money, vastly underestimated his potential all those years ago, listing him as No. 10 on the list of “10 People Who Don’t Matter.” The site wrote off Zuckerberg’s “online social directory for college students” as a passing fad.

via Mark Zuckerberg Was Once on CNN’s List of ’10 People Who Don’t Matter’.

The article also listed Steve Ballmer Microsoft CEO as a person who did not count and stated that Netflix was just a passing fad.

Making predictions is hard, especially about the future.

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6 Types of Problem Employees You Never Want to Hire

by Larry Emmott on October 20, 2014

in Management

From Amex Open Forum:

Most businesses have come across a toxic hire or two, and these employees probably cost you more than you know.

The six types listed are:

1. The Self-Crowned King of Ethics

These employees are also called “the tattletale”

2. The Baby

These types of workers are insecure and will go to extreme lengths to hide their shortcomings.

3. The “Yes” Man

This is the employee who thinks that everything—every idea, every existing process, every new suggestion—is brilliant.

4. The Joy Sponge

The joy sponges are those employees who feel they need to always be the center of attention and make sure that no one is happier than they are.

5. The Know-It-All

We all know these types: They refuse to listen to anyone else’s opinions or ideas because they always believe their ideas are the best.

6. The One Who Won’t Change

If an employee can’t change after a negative habit or behavior has been brought to their attention, let

via 6 Types of Problem Employees You Never Want to Hire | OPEN Forum.

Read the whole thing for added detail and advice on how to fix it. Personally I put up with far too many toxic employees. I hate firing people and looking back I should have let some people go that I did not. Not only did it degrade the practice the good employees suffered because of my reluctance to take action.

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Yelp Sucks

October 19, 2014

Hmmm a dentist at my San Antonio sessions gave me this link. Yelp Sucks. It looks like dentists are not the only ones having issues with Yelp.

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Anti-Buzz: Communications Breakdown

October 18, 2014

Andrew has been writing Anti Buzz for 4 years resulting in almost 200 articles. For the next several weeks we will revisit some of these just in case you missed it. Why do computers lie to us? Why don’t they always listen to us? Well, they don’t lie to us exactly, and they can’t really ignore us, […]

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Computer Wisdom

October 17, 2014

Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced. At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer. If it ain’t broke, fix it till it is broken. Arguing with an Electrical Engineer is like wrestling […]

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Dentrix Mastery Tracks

October 17, 2014

Dentrix Mastery Tracks™ will make sure every member of your team is as prepared and capable as your technology—by giving you a fast and affordable way to test what they know about Dentrix and find out where they need improvement. It also directs them to the targeted training they need to enhance their skills and […]

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What are they good for?

October 16, 2014

Things computers do well. Computers are really good at math. Computers are great at remembering every little detail you tell it. However computers don’t remember things you don’t tell it. Computers know that 1000001 is not the same as 1000002.. Computers don’t mind doing the same thing over and over and over. Things computers don’t […]

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The Basics of Creating a Paperless Dental Practice

October 16, 2014

In case you missed it: Dentalcompare from last year. One of the fastest growing trends in dental tech is “going paperless.” Creating paperless electronic patient records is not only possible with current technology it is highly desirable… If you want to join the trend and start using electronic records what do you need to get […]

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Ex-Intel engineer invents solution to Cloud hacking

October 15, 2014

A Chandler man has developed a handheld personal Web server, allowing the owner to store documents, photos and videos and having more control over them than if they were in the Cloud. via Ex-Intel engineer from Chandler invents solution to Cloud hacking. Interesting concept, a kind of personal cloud. For a moment I thought this […]

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Dental Art

October 15, 2014

“Close Up” I do not have a title or an artist for this image, wish I did. The technique is extreme realism. The artist seems to revel in depicting every saliva bubble. I also like the inflamed papilla and the diastemas. It looks like the cuspid is missing. Dental art is anything that depicts teeth […]

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Guide to “Going Paperless”

October 14, 2014

Is it really possible to go paperless? How can I turn all this junk into a digital record? And why should I even bother? The fact is that it is possible to create a completely paperless dental record. And going paperless can save you tens of thousands of dollars. My comprehensive technology guide, “How to […]

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Review site Yelp battles against extortion claims

October 14, 2014

From AP: The latest protest among businesses who for years have complained that Yelp was extorting them by raising or dropping ratings depending on whether they advertised with the Web’s most popular review site. Yelp has persistently denied those claims on its Web site, in court and at every opportunity when the question is put […]

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At the ADA

October 13, 2014

BOOMER The creative people at Beckmer (Dental Rat) have introduced a new product which I think has incredible potential, Boomer the foot controlled mouse. Boomer looks good in demo but I have not yet actually used it in real life. I have one on order and will follow up once I get to use it. […]

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Maintaining a Legally Sound Health Record: Paper and Electronic

October 12, 2014

Some guidelines worth looking at from AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) The health record is the legal business record for a healthcare organization. As such, it must be maintained in a manner that follows applicable regulations, accreditation standards, professional practice standards, and legal standards. The standards may vary based on practice setting, state statutes, […]

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At the ADA

October 11, 2014

I heard at the ADA meeting that Planmeca was showing a new impression scanner built into the dental unit. The Planmeca system now called PlanScan was the old E4D system. I went looking for it eager to find out more and predisposed to really like it. What a disappointment. The PlanScan instrument uses a USB […]

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Anti-Buzz: You are the Cloud

October 11, 2014

Andrew has been writing Anti Buzz for 4 years resulting in almost 200 articles. For the next several weeks we will revisit some of these just in case you missed it. The Buzz: A person is smart, but people are stupid. I’ll openly admit that when I first came here I didn’t quite know what to tell […]

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