Nomad and Aw Shucks

by Larry Emmott on January 20, 2017

in Hardware,Office Design,Radiography

Intraoral x-rays have evolved, have you?

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What You Need to Know – Part One

by Larry Emmott on January 19, 2017

in Management,Software

dentrix screenThere are six distinct areas that the doctor and staff will need to understand in order to use practice management software effectively. These are:

  1. General use of the software: This would include how to open it, how to find a patient, how to find a specific procedure or appointment.
  2. Charting: That is entering treatment, creating treatment plans and entering procedure notes. Charting also includes linking to diagnostic aids like radiographs, photos and perio pocket charting.
  3. Finance: This would include making an estimate, Creating and sending insurance claims. Billing. Entering payments.
  4. Scheduling: Creating new appointments, finding existing appointments.
  5. Communications: Maintaining patient contact and insurance information. Sending correspondence, insurance, re-call and confirmations.
  6. Administration: Compiling numbers running reports and maintaining security.

Dentist: The dentist needs to concentrate on items 1,2 and 6. He/she must be able to launch the software, find a patient record or appointment and to enter treatment if needed. However the doctor’s primary duty is to maintain the dental record and to manage the practice. For that reason the dentist needs to be able to find a specific procedure in the patient chart then retrieve and edit existing procedure notes or enter new notes. The dentist needs to be able to run financial reports, understand what they mean and create custom reports. The dentist also needs to understand and administer the security features of the software such as passwords.

The rest of the team in part two.

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During tests on wearable tech to discover how they could be used in health matters, professor Micheal Snyder noticed the readings showed a higher than usual heart rate, higher skin temperature, and lower blood oxygen levels.

The unusual activity was striking because he felt fine. The sudden onset of a low fever convinced him to see a doctor, and he wondered if it was the onset of Lyme disease, having recently spent some time in a rural area where he may have picked it up…

Source: Wearable Tech May Know You’re About To Get Sick | Digital Trends

Another step to a working Tricorder.

I believe all this incredible diagnostic tech will have a profound effect on the future and improve the human condition. My biggest concern at this point remains security. The Internet of things (IOT), of which this device is a proud member, is notoriously vulnerable to hackers. If people do not believe their personal health data will be private and secure they will be unwilling to use these types of devices, despite the obvious advantages.

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Technology on the Rocks 2017

by Larry Emmott on January 18, 2017

in Dental Speaker

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on January 18, 2017

in Dental Art

Zombie Teeth

“Zombie Teeth”

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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Kingston Digital has announced what it claims is the world’s highest capacity USB flash drive, which comes in both 1 terabyte (TB) and 2 TB flavors. Both probably much bigger than you could ever really need.

Source: Enormous 2 TB USB Drive Can Hold Everything You Need and More

You could put your entire practice including all your radiographs, CBCTs, impressions and of course patient records in your pocket. And still have room left. Compare that to a room full of files, films, plaster models and charts in cabinets.

A TB is equal to one million million bytes. For comparison that much data printed on paper would be about 50,000 trees made into 250 million pages printed both sides, over 10 miles high. This drive has two of those. That’s a lot of charts.

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Google Reviews

January 16, 2017

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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Siri, Am I About to Have a Heart Attack?

January 16, 2017

From 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. […]

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Guide to Paperless Records

January 13, 2017

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 […]

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US posts rules for addressing cyber bugs in medical devices

January 12, 2017

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 […]

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Dentist Best Job in America!

January 12, 2017

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

January 12, 2017

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 […]

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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

HT Katherine Eitel

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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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