Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on April 23, 2014

in Dental Art

Folkart

“Folk Art” A hand carved and painted molar. It was most likely a sign hung outside a dentist’s office in the 1800s.

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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From CNET:

RoboForm, LastPass, and other password managers would not have defended your individual passwords from the Heartbleed bug. But they make the cleanup process a whole lot easier.

via Beyond Heartbleed: Why you need a password manager – CNET.

I have been a happy Roboform user for many years. As the linked article states I used it to quickly (relatively quickly) update and change passwords on my online profiles at numerous sites. Roboform will generate new passwords and then store them for you.

Another feature I really like that I use almost every day is the auto fill function. It will fill in online forms for you with all the usual info, name, address, phone number and even credit card numbers. A great time saver.

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Do You Own Your Website?

by Larry Emmott on April 22, 2014

in Internet,Security

whoisBe sure your office web site domain names are registered to you or your business. Sometimes web site providers will register the names to themselves. This is convenient for them but bad for the dentist. If the web provider owns the domain they have control. This can result in problems if you ever want to change web providers or even worse if the provider you are using goes out of business.

In order to check to see if you own your existing name there is a service called whois that will tell you who owns every registered Internet domain name. You can find whois at the bottom of the Go Daddy home page.

Type in the name you want to check followed by a captcha to prove you are human and you will see who owns the name. If you thought you owned it but find your web company is the registered owner, ask them politely to transfer the registration to you.

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Four Leadership Traits

by Larry Emmott on April 21, 2014

in Management

James Kouzes and Barry Posner have been studying leaders for 25 years. Based on responses from 75,000 people worldwide these four traits consistently emerge. These are the four most common traits we look for in someone we will willingly follow.

Honest. Honesty is selected 90 percent of the time, emerging as the single most important factor. If people are going to willingly follow someone – whether into battle or into the boardroom – they first want to know that the person is worthy of their trust.

Forward-looking. About 70 percent of respondents select the ability to look ahead, having a sense of direction and a concern for the future. Whether we call that ability a vision, dream, calling, goal or agenda, leaders must know where they’re going if they expect others to willingly join them. They have to have a point-of-view about the envisioned future, and they need to connect that point of view to the hopes and dreams of constituents.

Inspiring. People expect their leaders to be enthusiastic, energetic, and positive about the future. Beyond having a dream, a leader must communicate the vision in ways that encourage people to sign on for the duration, excite them about the cause, and make the context meaningful. Whatever the circumstances, when leaders breathe life into our dreams and aspirations, we’re more willing to enlist in the movement.

Competent. To enlist in a cause, people must believe that the leader is competent to guide them. They must see the leader as having relevant experience and sound judgment. If people doubt the person’s abilities, they’re unlikely to join in the crusade. Leadership competence refers to the leader’s track record and ability to get things done. Such competence inspires confidence that the leader will guide the organization in the direction it needs to go.

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Dog on the Internet

by Larry Emmott on April 21, 2014

in Internet,Just for Fun

How times have changed

dogknow 1998

 

dogfacebook 2013

 

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Stuff vs. Solutions

by Larry Emmott on April 20, 2014

in General,Management,Paperless

A problem I see over and over again with high tech and dentistry is Stuff vs. Solutions. The most visible element of digital technology is the thing; that is the computer, the sensor the big monitor or even the web page. Because these things are so obvious the tendency is to think of technology in terms of these things, in other words “stuff”. If you have the stuff you are high tech.

Having stuff is nice but the real value of technology is when it can be used to provide a solution. Technology by itself has no value it only has value when it used to enhance our systems both human systems and clinical systems.

A human system for example is the work flow needed to schedule a patient, remind them of an appointment, and get the proper information to the dentist regarding that patient. A clinical system would be capturing a diagnostic aid like a radiograph or detecting decay.

If a dental office has a good PMS (Practice Management System) like Eaglesoft or Dentrix that is stuff. Following the human system example above many offices will use the PMS to schedule, then call the patient to remind them and then dig out a paper chart from the files to record and transfer information about the patient. They may have stuff, but do not have a good solution.

On the other hand if the office uses the PMS to make an appointment then connects to a web service to send an e-reminder and gets a complete patient record with a single mouse click from any computer in the office; that is a solution.

The office with good high tech solutions will get much more value from technology that those offices who just buy stuff.

Buying stuff is easy (as long as you have the money :-)) Developing and implementing solutions takes a lot more effort.

Want some help?

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Maimonides Dental Society

April 20, 2014

I will be presenting all day to the Maimonides Dental Society in Washington DC on April 23. Topics will include Paperless Records and using the Internet. Thanks to Care Credit and Sesame Communications for sponsoring the program.

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Anti-Buzz: Junk

April 19, 2014

The old joke about computers has always been that as soon as you buy one, it becomes outdated. The joke itself is a little dated as it is a joke about frustration over computing costs, something that doesn’t have the bite it used to. But it is also a joke about how computers mysteriously become […]

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Reception Hall or Waiting Room?

April 18, 2014

More wisdom from Seth Godin: One of the reasons that Oz is seen as being particularly great and powerful is that it’s just so much trouble to get to see him… Contrast this with a doctor’s office I recently visited. He was sharing space with a chiropractor, and the office was in the back of […]

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CareCredit Video

April 18, 2014

I am a big fan of CareCredit. If people refuse our best treatment because of costs the final result is dental failure. Making it easy for patients to get better care with third party financing is just good business and it is even good dentistry. The following video explains the system well and could be […]

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Samsung to Launch Android Wear Device, Tizen Phone This Year

April 17, 2014

From Mashable: Samsung plans to launch an Android Wear device as well as a Tizen smartphone in 2014, Reuters reports. The first Tizen phone from Samsung will be a high-end model, and should launch around the end of Q2 2014, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team, told Reuters in an interview. […]

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Why Healthcare Costs so Much and How Technology Can Save Money

April 17, 2014

In case you missed it: Dentalcompare from October 2013. Imagine going down to the Chevy dealer and picking out a new car, selecting the color and all the options, including the engine, transmission and fancy wheels, but when you ask the salesman how much the car will cost he won’t tell you? “We don’t know […]

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Heartbleed bug: Check which sites have been patched

April 16, 2014

Follow the CNET link below for a comprehensive up to date listing of major web sites and their exposure to the Heartbleed Bug: Google Pass Vulnerability patched. Password change recommended Facebook Pass Vulnerability patched. Password change recommended YouTube Pass Vulnerability patched. Password change recommended Yahoo! Pass Vulnerability patched. Password change recommended Amazon Pass Was not […]

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American Dental Association Tax Identity Theft

April 16, 2014

  The Michigan Dental Association told members in a special alert April 11 that “the MDA has received several calls from member dentists who say that when they submitted their federal taxes this year they learned that their taxes had already been filed, most likely by an identity thief.” via MDA alerts members to possible […]

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Dental Art

April 16, 2014

“The Table” This is by Flemish painter Egbert van Heemkerck and was made sometime in the late 1600s. This is an indoor scene but as with most classical dentist paintings there is a big crowd watching the extraction. Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you […]

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Own Your Own Name

April 15, 2014

If you have not done this yet run, don’t walk, to your nearest domain registry and register your name as a web domain. My favorite registry is Go Daddy. Type your name into the box and see if it available. If it is buy it immediately. It should cost no more than $30.00 and will […]

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This Is the End of Facebook as We Know It

April 14, 2014

From Wired: Facebook, the company that makes billions from connecting people to each other, is about to make it harder to have a conversation. In the coming weeks, Facebook’s mobile app will be losing its chat feature, a move that will no doubt annoy many regular users. But the gutting likely won’t end there. According […]

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The Promise of Concierge Medicine

April 13, 2014

Doctors in Texas are showing us what a medical system without comprehensive insurance might look like. The NYT profiles the rise of Texan “direct primary care” practices that don’t accept insurance. Instead, patients pay flat fees out-of-pocket. In return, doctors save both time and money that they can then pass on to patients. By not […]

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