Digital Diagnostics

by Larry Emmott on September 19, 2017

in Diagnostics

The core of hi tech diagnostics is the ability to scientifically measure a physiologic condition and then to convert those measurements to a digital format for analysis and recording. The result is a highly accurate and consistent measurement.

Traditional methods of diagnosis are often little more than highly educated subjective guesses. To become a good diagnostician requires training, skill and experience. No random man on the street can pick up an explorer or look at a film radiograph and detect decay. However any old man on the street can look at a computer screen and see that the green part is healthy and the red part is decayed.

Since most dentists have spent years developing these subtle diagnostic skills, and they are justifiably proud of them, they tend to reject technology that suddenly makes those skills obsolete. They confuse method with results.

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Text your Patients

by Larry Emmott on September 18, 2017

in Digital Marketing,Internet,Management

Some numbers from Solution Reach:

  • 75% of patients would prefer receiving appointment reminders via text
  • Text message response rates are 209% higher than those from phone calls
  • The average practice could save up to 2 hours a day on phone calls by using text conversations
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Greater New York Dental Meeting

by Larry Emmott on September 15, 2017

in Dental Speaker

Source: Course: Google and Internet Presence: Juice for Dentists | Greater New York Dental Meeting

I am honored to be presenting three courses at the Greater New York Meeting in November.

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MOVING !

by Larry Emmott on September 14, 2017

in General

Blogging will be light for a few days…I am moving.

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on September 13, 2017

in Dental Art

Jackson Pollack’s Molar ???

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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Phishing

by Larry Emmott on September 12, 2017

in Security

Some phishing tips from Ted Takahashi at T2 Consulting:

These scams work by tricking you into clicking a link or attachment that either infects your computer with malware or takes you to a page that looks legit, but isn’t, and illegally steals your private information.

Phishing scams and Ransomware are widespread and getting worse. Phishme reports:

  1. 91% of cyberattacks and the resulting data breach begin with a phishing email
  2. Phishing campaigns are up 55%
  3. Ransomware attacks are up 400%

Learning to recognize these scams is your first line of defense.

(From the Curve Dental Newsletter)

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Why is Health Insurance so Complicated?

September 12, 2017

Dental insurance does not even pretend to be real insurance covering us from a catastrophic loss. It is purely a pre-pay of some very basic procedures. Why all of this is even an issue is that medical care is simply way too expensive. The best hope for reducing cost and improving care is technology.

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DentalCareLinks

September 11, 2017

Here is another online dental referral system. What makes this one special is the price…FREE. DentalCareLinks.com is a cloud-based platform where you can invite colleagues to join, share patient information, and transfer or receive HIPAA compliant data with just a few secure clicks. Your staff will appreciate the ease, simplicity and time savings. You’ll agree […]

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September 11, 2017
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Wisdom?

September 8, 2017

Light travels faster than sound.  This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

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From Shopper to New Patient; Online Chat

September 7, 2017

Getting potential new patients to your web site is just the first step. You then need to convert them from surfers to patients. Research shows that visitors who chat are 7.5 times more likely to complete a purchase than visitors who don’t chat.Chat also leads to greater customer satisfaction and more frequent repeat business. But […]

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Top Dental & Oral Health Blogs You Must Read In 2017

September 7, 2017

Very Cool, “Emmott on Technology” has been chosen as a top dental blog. His blog offers an interesting perspective on using technology in the dental industry. A little different to many blogs here – which is why I like it. Source: Top Dental & Oral Health Blogs You Must Read In 2017 Follow the link […]

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Dental Art

September 6, 2017

I love this. Sadly I do not have a title or artist. It reminds me of the massive red-rock cliffs in Sedona or Moab. 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 […]

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Dentacoin Wants To Be Bitcoin For Teeth, But It’s A Bit Absurd

September 5, 2017

From Digital Trends: Called Dentacoin, it pitches itself as a way to improve dental health, cut out insurance companies as middle men, and foster cooperation between dentists and patients. Source: Dentacoin Wants To Be Bitcoin For Teeth, But It’s A Bit Absurd | Digital Trends As much as I love all things digital and try very […]

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Is this computer geek a hacker who harassed an FBI agent, or a hero trying to secure the internet?

September 5, 2017

The Justin Shafer story keeps getting more bizarre. He has been arrested not for hacking, as Patterson accused him of dong, but for harassing an FBI agent. Here is my article from June 2016 when he was raided by the FBI. Now this from Dallas News: Shafer is behind bars in the Dallas area not because […]

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Paper to Paperless

September 4, 2017

I believe the conversion process from paper to paperless records requires three different types of help or support. Consultant: This person helps develop the plan, choose vendors, establish a budget, set up office systems, assign tasks and follow up over time to trouble shoot and assure completion of the project. Trainer: This person teaches the office staff […]

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A Breakdown of the Second Largest HIPAA Fine to Date – $5.5 Million

August 31, 2017

On February 16, 2017, the Office of Civil Rights announced that it had entered into a settlement agreement with Memorial Healthcare System (“MHS”) to settle potential violations of HIPAA. The settlement agreement included a robust corrective action plan and the second largest fine levied against a covered entity to date: $5.5 million. For those keeping […]

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Dental Art

August 30, 2017

“Dental Pinup 2′ This is one of a series of four risque dental posters in classic 1940’s pin up style ala Vargas. It is hard to find sexy dental art. These four images certainly qualify as sexy but the words are a bit raunchy. The other two are even more suggestive, too much? Dental art is […]

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Stop Making Paper

August 29, 2017

Once the system to create a digital patient record is in place, you simply stop making paper. Everything new is electronic; everything from the past is paper. One of the common mistakes dentists make with electronic charting is that they only go part way. Sometimes we miss the obvious, it is the old “can’t see […]

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Global 3D Dental Scanners Market 2017-2021 – Market to Grow at a CAGR of 10.24%

August 28, 2017

The global 3D dental scanners market to grow at a CAGR of 10.24% during the period 2017-2021… According to the report, one of the major drivers for this market is Increasing affordability among people. The rapidly dropping prices of dental scanners as well as increasing availability of low-cost quality dental scanners is enabling dentists to […]

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