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Five Features of Charting Software

by Larry Emmott on June 22, 2017

in Management,Paperless,Software

Good charting software has many features here are five of the most important.

Good charting software eliminates all paper. That means the software must accommodate all the bits of paper data we have stuffed in our patient folders and it must have a method of importing virtually anything either with a scanner or file import function. If some bit of paper, possibly a lab slip or patient letter, must be stored in a folder then you have lost one of the primary benefits of an electronic chart.

Another important feature is full integration. That means that each item is entered one time and then transfers to where ever else it is needed electronically. For example a procedure will progress from diagnosis to charting to treatment planning to scheduling to treatment to insurance to payment. This is called single entry. If the user has to re-enter information such as procedure codes, tooth numbers or fees at any stage then the software is not fully integrated

Good charting software must accommodate all the information we used to record on paper. That includes existing restorations, conditions, diagnostic findings, treatment plans, periodontal probings and tissue conditions, tooth surfaces, materials and procedure notes.

Charting software must be easy to use. Every mouse click or keystroke slows down the process and makes the program harder to use, which means it doesn’t get used. The more the user can customize the chart the easier it is to use. That means the user can create shortcuts, eliminate features they don’t use and designate functions for each button.

Data entry needs to be fast and easy. The standard is still mouse clicks and keystrokes however faster more intuitive entry methods are available. Like voice; we’d all like to talk to our computer just like Star Trek. Some charting programs allow users to speak in clinical findings like pocket depths, tooth conditions and restorations. Special input devices like the Florida Probe can enter perio data directly from the probe.  Another alternative entry is “Ink” a special function that allows users to write or draw on the chart just as if it was a piece of paper.

More help going “Paperless” here.

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Climb For a Cause

by Larry Emmott on June 21, 2017

in Dental Speaker,Just for Fun

This is the 20th year Danny Bobrow will be leading a group of dentists and dental industry professionals on a climb. This year we are tackling magnificent Mount Timpanogus in Utah. September 15 – 18 2017. BTW the event is three days of fun and CE the climb is all done in a single day on the 18th.

Look here for an overview of the event.

 

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on June 21, 2017

in Dental Art

“Molar Cabinets” These are so fun, I wish I had more information about them. I just found them online with no info as to who made them where they are etc.

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.

Previous “Dental Art” images can be found here on Pinterest.

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Still True

by Larry Emmott on June 20, 2017

in Just for Fun

Beware of bargains in Parachutes, Brain Surgery and Dentistry.

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Google sees all and is forever!

by Larry Emmott on June 20, 2017

in Internet,Social Media

From New Dentist Blog:

One day, I was searching my name on Google (don’t act like I’m the only one that does that), and I saw some interesting things come up that made a few light bulbs go off in my head. The first thing was my name on some website about rating your doctor. I never filled out a profile on there, how did they get my name and practice address!? Are they allowed to do that? Apparently. I can’t stop them. It’s public record.

Source: As dentists, we step into the public spotlight (whether we want to or not) | New Dentist Blog

Some good advice for new dentists in particular that applies equaly to all of us. You have an Internet presence even if you do not know it.

Younger new dentists need to remain Internet aware. You will be held to a higher standard and what may have been a fun social media post when you were in school is no longer appropriate and may come back to haunt you. When you Google yourself by name what come up? You want to control that as much as possible.

Older dentists sometimes dismiss the Internet as not relevant to them as they have never had a web page or claimed a web site profile. Wrong. As the article points out you have an Internet presence and will be found on various sites like Google and Yelp even if you have never entered anything about yourself to an Internet site.

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The RNC Files: Inside the Largest US Voter Data Leak

June 20, 2017

From UpGuard: In what is the largest known data exposure of its kind, UpGuard’s Cyber Risk Team can now confirm that a misconfigured database containing the sensitive personal details of over 198 million American voters was left exposed to the internet by a firm working on behalf of the Republican National Committee (RNC) …The data, […]

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Push-back on Intrusive Internet

June 19, 2017

Source The Federalist: Very interesting. There is a lot of politics in this article but there is more to it than that. Founded by former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, Brave is the first browser created with the user in mind instead of what data can be mined from its customers. Like most modern browsers, it […]

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Review App – Ask4Review.com

June 19, 2017

A simple app to ask for online reviews: Why just sending review requests is not good enough? Completely automated systems that send reviews to every single customer are impersonal. How do you feel when you get the same request over and over again or even the same message from different business using the same system? […]

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Happy Father’s Day

June 18, 2017
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Wisdom?

June 16, 2017

Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced. All computers wait at the same speed. At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer. If it ain’t broke, fix it till it is broken. Upgrade: […]

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Help Going “Paperless”

June 15, 2017

You probably have everything you need to go “paperless” except the knowledge of where to start and what to do next. 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 […]

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What does “Cloud” really mean?

June 15, 2017

Cloud refers mostly to three things. Cloud is often used simply as another word for Internet. Cloud storage refers to storing data on a computer somewhere on the Internet not on the computer in your office. People store photos, music and even patient records online. Cloud Computing is the sexiest meaning of cloud where the […]

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Dental Art

June 14, 2017

Detail of “Happy Trails” by Lonnie Clarke 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. Previous “Dental Art” images can be found here on Pinterest.

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Best and Worst Companies for Customer Service…Where is Dentistry? UPDATE

June 13, 2017

UPDATE: I received an very interesting email from Per Ahlberg a dentist in Sweden regarding the article below. It seems they do conduct these types of satisfaction surveys in Sweden and dentistry has come out at the top of the list six years in a row. Here is a link to a translated article.   Very interesting. […]

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Waiting Room Video

June 13, 2017

Whitening from Mike Russell on Vimeo. Sample video from Waiting Room Video.

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The Tyranny of the Administrative State

June 12, 2017

From WSJ: Unelected bureaucrats not only write their own laws, they also interpret these laws and enforce them in their own courts with their own judges. All this is in blatant violation of the Constitution, says Mr. Hamburger, 60, a constitutional scholar and winner of the Manhattan Institute’s Hayek Prize last year for his scholarly […]

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Where not to put the computer Tower

June 12, 2017

Do not put the treatment room tower on the floor. It is likely to be damaged from cleaning activities; it could easily get wet from spills or mopping and it will pick up lots of dirt and dust. The tower needs to be close to a power supply and allow access in and out for various cables. […]

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Climb for a Cause

June 9, 2017

Check this out Source: Welcome to Climb for a Cause – Climb for a Cause Get some CE, enjoy a cool vacation retreat and donate to a good cause. This year is the 20th annual event and will be in Utah climbing Mt. Timpanogos

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Paperless…Not

June 9, 2017

Print…Sign…Scan…Shred is not paperless. Get some help:  

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