by Larry Emmott on May 30, 2016

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by Larry Emmott on May 27, 2016

in Internet,Just for Fun

Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach that person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks.

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Request Patient Reviews

by Larry Emmott on May 26, 2016

in Digital Marketing,Internet,Social Media

A guest blog from Precious Thompson

Positive online patient reviews can be a big asset to your business as they begin to play a larger role in the choice of the patient. According to Roadside Dental Marketing, 62 percent of patients use online reviews as a first step to find a new doctor. The best way to encourage patients to leave reviews is to make the process incredibly simple. Your business could send email reminders, text reminders or offer incentives, such as being entered into a drawing for a small prize. Just be sure to explain the incentive is for a review, not necessarily a positive one.

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Now is the best time in history to be alive. Angry voices will loudly deny this but that doesn’t make it any less true. Despite the many miseries that plague our world, humanity as a whole has never climbed so high, so fast. If you could choose to be reborn at any moment in history, you should choose right now.

Source: We’ve never had it so good … nor felt so fearful | Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna | Opinion | The Guardian

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The linked article makes the case that we are living in the best of times quoting life expectancy, poverty levels, education and other measures of well-being, all of which are better, in fact much better, than they have ever been; even in than the recent past.

Never the less it seems we are pre-disposed as humans to complain. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary large numbers of people are convinced times are horrible, that there was some golden age in the recent past that was so much better and we are doomed as a species because of some terrible evil lurking in our new technology.

The article points out that despite general improvement in the human condition specific individuals still experience hard times. Perhaps that is why we are convinced that everything is falling apart. Maybe, I just believe many people simply enjoy complaining and other people pay them too much attention.

This general tendency is why some dentists insist paper records are better than digital records and that PVS is superior to CAD CAM and gold is better than e-max.

 

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Make it Paperless

by Larry Emmott on May 25, 2016

in Paperless

To create a paperless electronic chart you must first examine what you are now storing on paper. Generally the items in the chart fall in one of four categories, personal, financial, treatment or diagnostic. You will need a system to create all of these items in a digital format. The leading practice management systems like Dentrix or Eaglesoft are designed to do just that. They will create and store most of the items in the personal financial and treatment categories.

To create digital diagnostic information, the practice will need a digital x-ray system, a digital camera with image management software. More advanced diagnostics could include perio readings from Florida Probe or caries detection from The Canary.

The only paper items left are what the rest of the world sends. That is paper from insurance companies, specialists, dental labs, other dentists and finance companies. Many of these forms and notices are now coming to use in a digital format however if you are still getting or using paper then…

Scan  it. When some paper arrives that should be kept in the patient record such as a follow up letter from a specialist, the office administrator opens the letter, puts it on the scanner and within seconds the letter is copied into the patient record. The original paper is then shredded.

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on May 25, 2016

in Dental Art

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“Dental Work Out Room”  This painting is by Mike Savad. It is one of several he has done on dentistry. I like the detail and the use of light. Notice the faces on the back wall and of course the bicycle wheel treadle drill.

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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Google Results

May 24, 2016

When you Google some dentists by name you find a direct link to their web site at the top of the page. To the right is a big box with the address, phone number hours of operations and lots of patient testimonials. This does not happen by accident. The big box is created by Google […]

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Monitors in the Celing

May 24, 2016

Getting computers in the treatment area is a great first step. However if they are not placed in a way that makes them easy to use they don’t get used and the time and investment is wasted. I am not a fan of monitors or TVs in the ceiling. They are very hard to upgrade, […]

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Apple pulls latest iOS update from iPads after bricking reports

May 24, 2016

FYI: Following complaints that the iOS 9.3.2 update has bricked newer iPads, Apple pulled the latest update for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro… While the company did not specify which iPads were affected by the update, multiple outlets have reported that the update is hamstringing the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and not the 12.9-inch version or other […]

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Guide to “Going Paperless”

May 23, 2016

2016 is the year to “Go Paperless” Stop putting it off, going paperless can save you tens of thousands of dollars. Make it a new years goal – paperless in 2016. 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 […]

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Orthopedic clinic pays $750,000 to settle HIPAA charges

May 23, 2016

From ADA News A North Carolina orthopedic clinic has agreed to pay $750,000 to the federal government to settle charges that the clinic potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act in 2013 by giving patient information to a potential business partner without an agreement. Source: Orthopedic clinic pays $750,000 to settle HIPAA charges […]

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An Introduction To Pay Per Click (Part Two)

May 20, 2016

A Guest blog from Deploy Dental. The opinions expressed are from Deply Dental not Dr. Larry Emmott. However I believe it is valuable for dentists to get various takes on technology issues in order to make good technology choices. This is the second of a two part series on Pay per Click (PPC). ——————————————————————————————- Creating the Ad […]

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Hockey Stat

May 19, 2016

With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing, according to the Detroit Free Press, 68 percent of professional hockey players have lost at least one tooth.

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ADA HIPAA Videos

May 19, 2016

From the ADA: The ADA legal team has created a series of short videos to give you an overview of various aspects of HIPAA Source: ADA Q&A: HIPAA | Center for Professional Success

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Have you ever wondered?

May 18, 2016

Why there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer? Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin? Why women can’t put on mascara with their mouth closed? Why toasters always have a setting so high that could burn the toast to a horrible crisp which no decent human being would […]

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Dental Art

May 18, 2016

“Ceramic” Another  dental image by artist Heather Galler. She sells the images as posters, jewelry, ceramics and more. She has done a number of dental images but is most famous for her dogs. Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future […]

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Personalized virtual heart

May 17, 2016

From ScienceDaily: A research team has developed a non-invasive 3-D virtual heart to help doctors determine who faces the highest risk of a life-threatening arrhythmia and would benefit from a defibrillator implant. Source: Personalized virtual heart predicts the risk of sudden cardiac death: New technology finds patients who are most likely to face lethal arrhythmias — […]

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Dentrix Tip

May 17, 2016
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New Healthcare Domains

May 16, 2016

Check to see if your domain is available with our Domain Name Search tool. Source: Domain Name Registration | Domain Name Search | NetworkSolutions.com These new healthcare domains are significantly more expensive than the usual .com domains. Around $65 as opposed to $10 or less for most .com names. At this time people think just […]

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The Future is not what is used to be

May 16, 2016

In some cases, the pessimists insist that an older technology is superior to a new one. Some, for example, claimed that an abacus is superior to a computer and a pocket calculator, while others claimed that horses are longer-lasting than the dangerous “automobile terror.” Source: Blog | HumanProgress.org It seems humans are predisposed to techno […]

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