Stuff is the things we buy, solutions is how we make them work. Dental offices that have trouble using technology effectively rarely have bad stuff but they often have bad solutions.
Good technology fully implemented can improve efficiency, reduce costs and quickly pay for itself. The wrong technology poorly implemented will decrease efficiency and increase costs. Often the difference between success and failure is not the technology but the people using it.
Whether you’re looking for an Android, Apple, or Windows tablet, here’s what to consider, along with our top-rated slates.
Source: The Best Tablets of 2016 | PCMag.com
Tablets have many uses in the dental office. Most commonly they are used in place of a clip board and paper for patients to register and fill out forms. Tablets may also be used by doctors and team members as a simple portable device to access charts and write notes or for patient education.
The Apple i-pad dominates the tablet market however new Android tablets and the combo laptop-tablet Surface from Microsoft are beginning to erode the i-pads dominance. The linked article gives ten options ranging in price from $50 to over $1,000.
This hits two of my hot button issues:
Training, most dentists and dental teams do not have the training they need to use their technology effectively. Training needs to be an ongoing process not a one time even.
Data, we generate valuable data simply as a byproduct of doing business. this data can be used to help us be more effective if we just knew how to get it and how to use it.
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This morning (Saturday) a ton of websites and services, including Spotify and Twitter, were unreachable because of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Dyn, a major DNS provider. Details of how the attack happened remain vague, but one thing seems certain. Our internet is frightfully fragile in the face of increasingly sophisticated hacks…
…This could be the beginning of a very bleak future. If hackers are able to take down the internet at will, what happens next?
Source: Today’s Brutal DDoS Attack Is the Beginning of a Bleak Future
What activities will benefit most from this shift to automation? Things like creativity, and sensing emotion, according to the report. Think about health, for example. Already, computers are often better at diagnosis than human doctors. But tomorrow’s health professionals will be able to spend more time getting to know their patients and coaching them through their options than performing diagnostic work that can easily be done by AI. And this is better for everyone.
Source: No, robots won’t take your job
Actually they might. Think about the example given above. If future doctors jobs become “to spend more time getting to know their patients and coaching them through their options than performing diagnostic work” then that person is not a doctor as we think of that job now but more like a social worker or therapist.
Our usual concept of a robot is a machine in a general humanoid form that does basic tasks for us like the robot maid Rosie in the Jetsons. As it has developed most robots are not humanoid at all like the giant industrial robots used to make cars. Other robots don’t even have a physical shape of any kind, they are applications that do tasks that humans had to do in the past. A simple example is an e-service that takes computer data and sends out text reminders. Robots are now doing and will continue to do ever more complex cognitive tasks.
From OPEN Forum:
With access to concepts such as interactive holographic computers and 3D printing, small-business owners can take advantage of futuristic technologies that were merely fantasy just a few short years ago.
Source: 5 Futuristic Technologies That Could Change Small Business | OPEN Forum
All five will play a role in the future dental office. The most obvious is 3D printing. This rapidly evolving technology will not only replace our current fabrication methods but will revolutionize them as we substitute biologic materials for metal and plastic. The future tooth replacement will not be an acrylic tooth resting on a metal frame but it will be an organic tooth printed from cells laid on a collagen framework.
Holographic Telepresence could mean long distance diagnosis and treatment.
Big data will revolutionize both diagnosis and treatment.
And even the sharing economy represented by Uber could lead to an app like “Open Table”, we’ll call it Open Chair that could connect people looking for treatment to dentists looking to fill a chair.
The future is coming and it will be amazing!