From Healthcare Informatics Magazine :
Researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Dentistry plan to conduct an analysis of electronic dental records of patients treated by dentists across the United States to explore the feasibility of using electronic dental records data for clinical research.
Source: Indiana Researchers Taking Big Data Approach to Dental Informatics | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology
This is great. I am a huge fan of the concept of using “Big Data” to help us better understand disease and treatment and to improve the human condition. But.
Recent experience has shown us that the Internet is simply not secure. At this time we have to assume that anything online is hackable. Until people can be assured that their personal information will remain anonymous and secure they will be reluctant to allow it to be used for research.
The research is very likely to find that some of our most cherished beliefs as to what is important to good dental health simply are not true. This will result in enormous cognitive dissonance and complete denial by large portions of the profession and the public.
Who gets to decide what “good” treatment actually is. What is best for the patient may not be what is best for the payers (who will likely have a hand in funding) or even what is best for the dental profession.
Never the less the concept is good and this research is a welcome step in the right direction. I am eager to see what they find.
From Bloomberg Business:
“The issue of local search result fairness is an evolving issue in a fast-paced digital economy,” Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said in a joint letter with the attorney general for the District of Columbia. “We encourage the commission to consider new information and developments that have become available both domestically and internationally since closing its Google investigation.”
Source: Google Search Probe by U.S. Should Get New Look, Utah Says – Bloomberg Business
“Don’t be evil” was the corporate slogan from the earliest days of Google.
How is that working for you?
I am naturally skeptical of government bureaucrats looking to expand their power. On the other hand Google has become extremely powerful. Here is where we cue Lord Acton, “power corrupts” or Spiderman, “With great power comes great responsibility.”
Google has literally changed the world in remarkable ways. Remarkable and for the most part very positive ways.
Google is now so big it is easy to imagine that some of the things they are doing will hurt some people while advantaging others. They have systems that are designed to promote Google. Is that bad? Is that something the government needs to police?
Perfection is the enemy of the good.
More wisdom from Seth Godin:
It’s pretty clear that the design of the egg carton isn’t going to change the flavor of the omelette. Except, of course, it does.
Source: Seth’s Blog: Fit and finish
People make judgments based on the things they see and feel. Then they defend those judgments.
Patients have no way to properly judge quality dental care. They can not realistically evaluate the fit of a margin or the cleanliness of a root surface. However they can easily see how clean the counter tops are, how friendly the staff is and how up to date the office technology is. And they will.
Who is the better dentist; the one who fills your mouth with goo, makes an uncomfortable “temporary” and makes you wait two weeks for a crown, or the dentist who scans your mouth with a wand and makes a crown while you wait?
As dental professionals we know there is a lot that goes into determining who is a better dentist. CAD CAM does not necessarily make for a better dentist. However in the eyes of the patient there is no doubt the same day dentist will be perceived as the better dentist.
Up to date technology will impact how a patient perceives the office.
Here is another exercise that you may find helpful. Video the office from the point of view of a patient. Start in the parking lot and capture what a patient sees as he or she enters the front door, sits in the reception area, walks into a treatment room and sits in the chair.
Most US dentists have moved computers into the treatment rooms, but not everybody. If you are one of the hold outs make 2016 the year you upgrade. When you do it do it right. There is more to it than just buying a bunch of computers, the question is where the heck do I put this stuff? Many dentists either just assume there is no room for a computer or they stuff it somewhere between the sink and the glove dispenser … then wonder why it doesn’t work very well.
My comprehensive technology guide, “Computers in the Treatment Rooms” lists the six keys to computers in the operatory and it will answer the basic question…Why bother? It then provides step by step help in setting up the computers, including the four access points, avoiding mistakes and resources for hard to locate parts and accessories.
“Computers in the Treatment Rooms” 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.
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“X-Ray” Radiology as art. Interesting. I do not have a name or source for this image but it is creative and has a strong visual impact.
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.
From DentistryIQ, Tools and techniques to help your patients and improve your practice :
Digital photography can have numerous impacts on your dental practice: Photos can educate patients and improve case acceptance, communicate shade to the dental lab, and improve patients’ confidence following treatment.
Source: Digital photography in dentistry: Tools and techniques to help your patients and improve your practice – DentistryIQ
Photography should be an integral part of every dental exam and every dental record. Prior to the digital revolution taking patient photos was a haphazard, tedious and expensive process. As a result it was never considered as a routine part of a dental exam. Digital photography has changed all that.
The linked article is comprehensive, including tips on choosing a camera as well as taking and using dental photos.
Photos are invaluable as both a diagnostic aid and as a record. I have participated in several malpractice cases acting as an expert witness for the defense. Often the cases come down to what was present prior to treatment and what was the end result. These cases are extremely hard to judge based solely on written records. Often brief and inadequate written records. However a series of pre-op diagnostic photos would have made the case clear and easy to understand, Even for a jury.
Another great benefit of photography is that it allows patients to see their own mouths and participate in the decision to accept proper treatment. Better photography equals better understanding which equals better care.