Digital Center of Excellence

by Larry Emmott on May 24, 2015

in General

Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry and Henry Schein, Inc. have announced the creation of the Henry Schein Digital Center of Excellence.

The School of Dentistry’s new center, anticipated to open in the next 12 months, will serve as a digital dentistry training hub for students, faculty and alumni, enhancing dental education and demonstrating how digital technology can lead to improved patient care and outcomes.

Kornberg School of Dentistry Dean Amid Ismail said. “Starting this fall, the predoctoral and postdoctoral clinics at the dental school will be offered a digital dentistry alternative to traditional restorative care.”

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Diagnosis then Treatment

by Larry Emmott on May 22, 2015

in Diagnostics,Software

snodent

SNODENT stands for Systematized Nomenclature of Dentistry. What it is intended to do is to establish standard diagnostic criteria and definitions and then create a standard digital format that can be used by everybody as part of a digital electronic medical / dental record. The concept is great, but.

As a general rule dentist have not been diligent in making and recording diagnosis. We often conflate the treatment and the diagnosis. For example we will say the diagnosis is a crown. Of course that is not correct the crown is a treatment the diagnosis might be a broken or decayed tooth. One of the reasons we do this (besides habit) is that we have codes for treatments but not for diagnosis.

The proper way to do it is to make and record a diagnosis and then to prescribe a treatment. The SNODENT system is designed to be the recording system for diagnosis – which is good – but breaks down when so few of us make formal diagnosis.

The second problem is the steps involved. Not only do we have to develop a new habit that is making a specific diagnosis we have to fit it to a SNODENT code and then enter the code in the record. And we have to do this for every treatment. Even a prophy technically needs a diagnosis.

One of the great benefits of standard diagnostic codes is that they can be used for research. Which diseases are most common? Which treatments are most effective? In other words SNODENT codes are needed to do effective evidence based analysis.

It is hard to argue with the concept of evidence based treatment planning as a concept. However in reality it has been used in medicine to limit treatment options, reduce reimbursements and stifle creativity and innovation.

Never the less the concept is excellent and dentists need to do a better job of making and recording standard diagnosis.

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by Larry Emmott on May 21, 2015

in General

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by Larry Emmott on May 21, 2015

in Internet,Just for Fun

prehistoric Googling

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Google+-logoMany dentists have a Google+ page that is in serious need of revision or simply needs to be deleted. For example the dentist is listed as doing business at an old location where they worked as an associate. Even worse the actual owner of the practice is not listed by Google+ but the long gone associate is.

Deleting a page is permanent and cannot be undone. If you are moving or closing a location you do not want to delete the page, there are systems to keep the page content and simply move it to the new location.

Instructions for deleting a Google+ page can be found here.

Better yet go to support.google.com/business for help with getting started, setting up multiple locations or transferring ownership of a page.

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First generation attempts to create digital referral slips simply recreate the paper form in an electronic format, usually pdf. The referring dentist needs to download and print the form then fill in the information (patient name, practice information, tooth #, diagnosis etc.) by hand. The patient takes the form to the specialist and the data is entered just as if the patient had come in and was handed a form to fill out.

Second generation online referrals can be filled in online, no paper. However the referring dentist or the patient still needs to fill in the information by hand using a keyboard and mouse. Once the information is filled in the specialist office could access it from the Internet and create a new patient record with no additional data entry.

Third generation digital referral slips will be smart and interactive. The system will upload data directly from the electronic record without the dentist or dental staff member re-typing or pasting the data. It will include the basics we have done in the past as well as a complete medical history, patient demographics and insurance information.

When the patient shows up at the specialists office there will be no clipboard and forms they will already have complete electronic record waiting for them ready to go.

 

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Dental Art

May 20, 2015

“Blue Tooth ” Before it was a wireless standard it was…well what was it? The name of the tenth-century viking lord Harald Bluetooth. I assume he got the name from a non vital anterior that turned blue, as they do after an severe blow. Those viking lords were always doing battle and it is likely Harald got […]

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Why go Paperless? What I have now works and doesn’t cost a thing.

May 19, 2015

Paper charts don’t just appear in the office for free. The paper folder and all the other papers cost about $2.50 each. If you have 2500 charts they cost you at least $6,250 to create and every time a new patient walks in it’s another two-fifty; cha-ching. Other chart contents, like x-rays and photographs can […]

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How can you remove an inappropriate review from Google+?

May 19, 2015

Follow these steps to remove a Google+ user review. Log into your Google Account Go to http://support.google.com/business Click ‘Contact Us’ Select ‘Photos, reviews, or business summaries’ Click on ‘Inappropriate reviews’ You can either Email or Request a call. Either way request a call so you can discuss the inappropriate review with a person. Inappropriate does […]

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Fuzzy no More

May 18, 2015

One of the best things about a digital x-rays is that they are…wait for it…they are…digital! That means we can use diagnostic software to examine and possibly enhance the image and improve our diagnostic efficiency. Most dentists believe that digital radiography is all about the sensor, but when it comes to diagnosis it is all […]

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Prices and Perfect Substitution

May 18, 2015

More wisdom from Seth Godin: One of the driving factors in setting prices is understanding the issue of substitutes. If there are four kinds of bottled water and one is half the price of the others, guess which will generate all the sales? They are quite close to perfect substitutes, so take the cheap one. […]

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Self Encrypting Drive

May 17, 2015

Self Encrypting Drives are one way to encrypt your practice data for HIPAA compliance.

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Obamacare Website Company Suddenly Quits

May 16, 2015

Hmmm QSSI, the politically-connected information technology firm that rescued the problem-plagued HealthCare.gov website unexpectedly announced Thursday that it is stepping down as prime manager… Three IT companies will have managed HealthCare.gov in its brief two-year history once QSSI is replaced. via Obamacare Website Company Suddenly Quits | The Daily Caller.

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Guide to Digital Radiography

May 15, 2015

Digital Radiography is no longer new; it has been on the market for close to thirty years. If you are not using it you probably have a convincing personal excuse. On the other hand you could compare film x-ray users to a dentist still using a belt driven handpiece in 1995, thirty years after the […]

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Dentrix Tip: Using the New Dentrix G6 List Manager

May 15, 2015

One of the new features introduced in Dentrix G6 is the List Manager. When you create custom lists in Dentrix you can now view the data in the List Manager without having to merge the data. From the List Manager you can sort the data, access patient information from other Dentrix modules, and print the […]

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Secrets of the Windows Control Panel

May 14, 2015

From PC Mag: Consider this a quick-and-dirty intro to some of the less obvious things you should know about accessing the Control Panel—which is, really, just a virtual folder full of applets in a single location within Windows. via Secrets of the Windows Control Panel | PCMag.com. The linked article is a basic primer on […]

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The Machine Vision Algorithm Beating Art Historians at Their Own Game

May 14, 2015

From MIT: These guys have used these new machine learning techniques to train algorithms to recognize the artist and style of a fine-art painting with an accuracy that has never been achieved before. What’s more, the results reveal connections between artists, and between entire painting styles, that art historians have labored for years to understand. […]

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Doctors Googling Patients

May 13, 2015

Google for me but not for thee: Have you ever Googled your doctor? I have. Especially if I’m looking for a new doctor or some kind of specialist, I search the Internet… At this point, professional societies like the AVMA have not yet established policies. But from my perspective as a bioethicist, it is inappropriate […]

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Dental Art

May 13, 2015

“Landscape” Another bizarre image of teeth. I am not sure how this was made, if it is a drawing or actual denture bits glomed together. 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 […]

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Henry Schein TechCentral – Windows Server 2003

May 12, 2015

On July 14, 2015, Microsoft will no longer support Windows Server 2003. Continuing to run your server on Windows 2003 can have a profound effect on your dental practice, including the potential to expose your patient data, financial records and network stability to risks. via Henry Schein TechCentral – Windows Server 2003.

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