High Tech House Calls

by Larry Emmott on September 30, 2016

in Health Care Politics,Management,Mobile

From NYT:

REMEMBER when doctors made house calls?

While only a relative handful of doctors still offer them, there is growing evidence that comprehensive home medical care could be a viable alternative to the attendant woes and soaring expenses of institutional health services,…

…At the heart of the home care renaissance is a combination of high-tech, portable medical equipment and the age-old practice of doctors coming into the home to personally examine and treat their patients.

Source: The Doctor Is In. In Your House, That Is. – The New York Times

What the article does not say but is equally true is that para-professionals can do the house calls at an even lower cost than a fully trained and licensed physician. New technology allows for easy inexpensive onsite testing and diagnostics. If the tests indicate a more complex issue then the physician can be called in.

It is easy to make the case that the way medical care is currently delivered and paid for in the US is a mess. The key to lowering costs and improving access does not lie in more central command and control but will come about with improved technology and less third party interference.

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Scientists fix fractures with 3-D printed synthetic bone

by Larry Emmott on September 30, 2016

in General

From Fox News:

The team found that when used in spinal injuries in rodents and to mend the skull of a monkey, the hyper-elastic bone, made mostly of a ceramic and polymer, quickly integrated with surrounding tissue and began regenerating bone.

It swiftly mended bones in the spines of the rats and healed the monkey’s skull in just four weeks, with no signs of infection or other side effects, the scientists said.

“Another unique property … is that it’s highly porous and absorbent – and this is important for cell and tissue integration,” said Ramille Shah of Northwestern University’s department of material science, engineering and surgery, who co-led the work.”Even when it’s deformed or squeezed into a space, it still maintains high porosity, and this is also very important for blood vessels to infiltrate the scaffold so that it can further support cell and tissue growth.”

Source: Scientists fix fractures with 3-D printed synthetic bone | Fox News

Another incredible 3D printer story. We live in amazing times and are on the cusp of a new revolution in diagnosis and treatment using digital technology.

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Guide to “Computers in the Back”

by Larry Emmott on September 29, 2016

in Hardware,Office Design

Most US dentists have moved computers into the treatment rooms, but not everybody. If you are one of the hold outs make 2016 the year you upgrade. When you do it do it right. There is more to it than just buying a bunch of computers, the question is where the heck do I put this stuff?  Many dentists either just assume there is no room for a computer or they stuff it somewhere between the sink and the glove dispenser … then wonder why it doesn’t work very well.

My comprehensive technology guide, “Computers in the Treatment Rooms” lists the six keys to computers in the operatory and it will answer the basic question…Why bother?  It then provides step by step help in setting up the computers, including the four access points, avoiding mistakes and resources for hard to locate parts and accessories.

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“Computers in the Treatment Rooms” will answer all your questions, provide a plan and show you how to save money… all delivered in a fun and easy to understand style.

Follow the link to order your copy today.

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Webinar October 12

Sponsored by Sesame Communications

October 12 2016 – 11:00 am PST

Paperless records are just the beginning; digital technology ultimately empowers dental team members with a more efficient – digital workflow – utilizing online communication and electronic services.

Source: Digital Workflow – Beyond Paperless | Dental Marketing & Practice Management| Sesame CommunicationsDental Marketing & Practice Management| Sesame Communications

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DIY YouTube Dentistry

by Larry Emmott on September 28, 2016

in Internet

A piece in the American Student Dental Association’s September issue discusses how the YouTube culture is spreading do-it-yourself dentistry. In one example a video seen nearly 2.2 million times shows a young woman using a do-it-yourself method for a cavity.

Source: ASDA News September 2016

I use YouTube all the time for DIY projects. I love it. However I have to admit there is a fundamental difference between learning how to fix a bicycle chain and learning how to extract a tooth or repair a cavity. Where do you draw the line? Should we draw a line or do we trust in the general intelligence of people not to do stupid things that might lead to major injury?

Huh, if people could be trusted not to do stupid things half of YouTube content would not exist.

He who treats himself has a fool for a patient.

 

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on September 28, 2016

in Dental Art

The martyrdom of Saint Apollonia. Oil painting after Jacob J

“The Martyrdom of Saint Apollonia” Another of the many Apollonia’s, this one by (or after?) Flemish Baroque painter Jacob Jordaens . He painted a different image around 1628 that I will include in a future post.

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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Saudi Dentists Two Day Program Oct. 18-19

September 27, 2016
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Digital Patient Photos

September 27, 2016

Having a full set of patient images is a huge benefit for treatment planning, actual patient treatment, continuing care and dental-legal documentation. With film, taking processing and storing images was such a time consuming expensive and tedious task we never did it. With digital photography it is fast inexpensive and easy. Every dentist should have […]

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WAZER – the first desktop water-jet

September 27, 2016

Much of dentistry can be seen as a highly customized fabrication process. We make very specific unique custom made items such as crowns, bridges and dentures. We are just beginning to use new digital fabrication processes to replace the old systems. Really old systems such as lost wax casting which has been around for 5000 years or so. In […]

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Comments and volunteers sought for digital radiography standard

September 27, 2016

From ADA News: The ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics has approved for circulation and comment a standard related to digital radiography. The committee also is seeking volunteers for Working Group 12.1 on Digital Imaging to participate in the development of the standard, Proposed American National Standards Institute/ADA Standard No. 1094 for Quality Assurance for […]

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ARIZONA Dentists Google Course Sept 30

September 26, 2016

I will be presenting a hands on course Friday September 30 for the Arizona AGD Google Juice for Dentists Staff members are invited to attend for Free Friday, September 30, 2016 from 8am – 12noon Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Midtown: 4000 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix Google Juice: Using the Internet Effectively Are you paying a […]

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X-Nav Video

September 26, 2016

Saw and tried this at AAOMS. Seems like a great system at a reasonable price. It is developed and sold by the same team that created I-Cat.

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7mm Android Endoscope Waterproof USB Inspection Camera

September 26, 2016

Is there any reason a slightly modified one of these could not be used as an intra-oral camera? 2016 Newest Arrival Model for Android,can take Photo,video and Sound recording, and the photos & video file will directly stored in your Android mobile phone The whole process of record check, convenient observation and follow-up analysis.There’s also […]

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A Scary Obamacare Mystery

September 24, 2016

From Bloomberg: But when too few sign up, the insurer has to ask, “Who’s declining to buy insurance?” and the most likely answer is, “Healthy people who don’t expect to use it much.” The remaining pool, then, will be sicker. The lower the participation rate, the more likely it is that you’ve got a small […]

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Yahoo says 500 million accounts stolen

September 23, 2016

Wow…just wow. Yahoo confirmed on Thursday data “associated with at least 500 million user accounts” have been stolen in what may be one of the largest cybersecurity breaches ever. Source: Yahoo says 500 million accounts stolen – Sep. 22, 2016

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Smartybrush – Innovative New Gadgets for Smart Homes

September 23, 2016

Smartybrush forms a personal timetable for the person to brush their teeth. It provides periodic recommendations on how to take care of oral health. The cleaning, movements, pressing force and frequency of brushing can all be set. In addition, it is integrated with an ultrasonic sensor which evaluates the quality and condition of the teeth. Furthermore, if the brush senses any improper brushing, […]

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The Goal of an Implant

September 22, 2016

“The goal of implant placement is not the implant it is the tooth we replace.” This gem is from Scott Ganz. When you hear or read it your reaction will probably be; well, of course…duh. It isn’t particularly new or seemingly even insightful. It seems too obvious to be insightful. However the fact that it should […]

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AdWords: What people search for?

September 22, 2016

People are becoming much more sophisticated users of Google. In addition Google is constantly evolving and changing how search results are compiled and displayed. For that reason what was good search engine strategy a few years ago my no longer be useful and what is useful now will change in the future. People use the […]

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X-Nav Technologies

September 21, 2016

I saw this at the AAOMS show in Vegas…AWESOME! Introducing X-Guide™, a revolutionary new system that will extend the capabilities of your cone beam system for simplified and more accurate dental implant procedures. Source: Home » X-Nav Technologies I got a quick demo and even used the system to prepare an implant site on a […]

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ADA Credentialing Service launches nationally

September 21, 2016

From ADA News: The new technology, powered by the Wonderbox Technologies Enterprise System, allows member dentists to enter their credentials into a securely designed portal through ADA.org. This information will be available by request to all payers, including insurance companies, federal agencies, hospitals and employers. Source: ADA Credentialing Service launches nationally This is great and […]

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