Ode to Hardware

by Larry Emmott on January 24, 2015

in Hardware,Just for Fun

I do not think I’ll ever view
A tree as lovely as a CPU.

Rocks and birds and sky are swell,
But can’t compute like my Dell.

What’s as lovely as a tree?
A computer is; for geeks like me.

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CareCredit introduces new certification requirements

by Larry Emmott on January 24, 2015

in Management

CareCreditnewFrom ADA News:

Each of the over 100,000 dental practices that accept the CareCredit credit card will be required to complete the new online certification training, which provides a clear, easy-to-understand explanation of the financing options available through CareCredit, and helps ensure that patients are given the most current information.

via CareCredit introduces new certification requirements.

In order to accept CareCredit at least one person in the practice must be certified.

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Authenticity Index

by Larry Emmott on January 23, 2015

in General,Internet

From Modern Practice:

Why do people feel comfortable saying in cyber space what they would probably never say face to face?

Do we all revert to a more primitive state when in the shield of anonymity?

via Authenticity Index – Modern Practice.

Read the whole thing.

I agree that people are much more likely to be cruel if they are anonymous. This fact of human nature results in horrible online comments, flame wars and trolling.

On the other hand people also tend to spout little white lies rather than tell the truth if it might come back to them in some awkward or negative manner. “Of course you don’t look fat in those shorts, you look great!”

Anonymity can be an asset when a whistle blower exposes a powerful organization.

Sadly our over lawyered litigious society makes it dangerous to say anything bad about anyone. If you put your name to it you are likely to get sued and even if you are right and eventually prevail the costs of defending yourself can be devastating. The process is the punishment.

Related, Dealing with Digital Cruelty

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Dentrix Updates

by Larry Emmott on January 23, 2015

in Management,Software

eDex, a new feature in G6

New Dentrix G6 features on video. This is one of a series.

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Could also be Office Automation

by Larry Emmott on January 22, 2015

in Office Design

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Augmedix has announced a $16 million Series A funding round as the company looks to build out its Google Glass-powered medical tools for doctors.

via Augmedix raises $16 million to make Google Glass a must-have for doctors.

Google Glass isn’t dead yet.

The potential for dentists and physicians to use hands free wearable computers is amazing.  On the other hand if the technology is developed just for dentistry and medicine it will be very as in very  very expensive.

Alternatively if it can be developed to use existing consumer tech the cost can be controlled.

Sadly, up until now, dental tech developers have tried to sell us massive and expensive standalone devices. There is no reason a CAD CAM camera cannot plug into a well-designed chairside computer. For that matter many devices could interface with a smart phone.

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Patient Engagement Systems

January 21, 2015

My friends at Sesame Communications have produced another highly informative white paper on the value of digital patient communications. Here are some interesting excerpts: Automated Appointment Reminders The leading value associated with the automated appointment reminder functionality reported by practices was a reduction in no-shows. 74.25% of respondents noted that a reduction in no-shows was […]

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Third-party connections prompt more privacy concerns about ObamaCare site

January 21, 2015

According to the linked article it is possible for third parties to gather personal information off the Obamacare website. When you apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, dozens of data companies may be able to tell that you are on the site. Some can even glean details such as your age, income, ZIP code, whether you […]

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Dental Art

January 21, 2015

“Galleria Gingivitis” This is available as open edition hand signed print here: I love the oversize explorers hanging as a mobile. 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. […]

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Engineers create a temporary tattoo that tests blood sugar

January 20, 2015

From Mashable: …nanoengineers may have found an even easier way for diabetes patients to monitor their vital levels: temporary tattoos. via Engineers create a temporary tattoo that tests blood sugar. That’s what I am talking about. We are on the cusp of an amazing revolution in DIY diagnostics that will radically alter how medical and […]

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Google Glass Failed, but …

January 20, 2015

From MIT: Google announced on Thursday that it will stop selling the current version of Google Glass, a much-derided device that was available through a public beta program, and will work on future iterations of the product in secret. via Google Glass Failed, but Here’s the Path Its Successors Will Take | MIT Technology Review. […]

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Website Update

January 19, 2015

Check out the new look Emmott on Technology website. There is an updated section for meeting planners with all my new topics including HIPAA and Google.

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Multifunction Magic

January 19, 2015

One of the fundamental changes that digital technology has produced is so subtle we often don’t even acknowledge it yet it is so substantial that it has altered everything. The fundamental change is that a digital device is not limited to a single purpose. Once the basic capacity is in place a digital device can […]

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3-D technology in dental offices

January 18, 2015

From USA Today: 3-D printing is getting a toehold into the dental world as well with a growing number of companies working on implants by zapping liquid plastic with a laser, quickly hardening it layer by layer into a dental prosthetic, via 3-D technology becoming common in dental offices. A nice general interest article. (It […]

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Google It

January 17, 2015

People search Google close to 12 billion times per month.

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Dentist Recommended

January 17, 2015
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The Digital Nervous System

January 16, 2015

“Business will change more in the next ten years than it has in the last fifty.” That is what Bill Gates says in his bestselling book from 2000 “Business @ the Speed of Thought”. Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy Fifteen years later it is safe to say the prediction […]

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Online Ratings

January 16, 2015

Online reviews are the new word of mouth. 62% of patients find a new doctor with online reviews 19% of patients validate a tentative selection 19% of patients evaluate existing doctor

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‘Internet of Things’ next change agent?

January 16, 2015

From Uproar Labs: Internet connectivity is rapidly infiltrating devices everywhere to provide feedback to engineers, managers, designers and customers. Machines, products and industrial processes, especially in manufacturing, are growing ever more effective, efficient and profitable. via ‘Internet of Things’ next change agent? | Uproar Labs. The Internet of things is an amazing concept that should […]

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Bluetooth toothbrushes take the boredom out of brushing

January 15, 2015

Want to avoid gingivitis and tooth decay? There’s an app for that. More than one, actually, and they work with Bluetooth-equipped toothbrushes to help ensure you’re properly cleaning your choppers. The app for Oral-B’s electric Bluetooth toothbrushes is designed to develop good brushing habits and keep your teeth healthy. via Bluetooth toothbrushes take the boredom […]

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