Who needs an assistant?

by Larry Emmott on August 28, 2015

in Office Design

I actually received an e-mail recently trying to sell me this chair and unit.

Operatory

Seriously – this is what vendors think dentists need or want in 2015? For starters the unit has a spit sink of all things. As I recall those grossities were obsolete fifty years ago.  The assistant can sit…well nowhere actually.   And of course there is no accommodation for modern technology. This design is essentially the same as this vintage Ritter unit shown below from over 100 years ago. There is no accommodation for modern sit down four handed dentistry and digital technology.

vintage unit

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Source: Annual Session | Ohio Dental Association | (ODA.org)

I am excited to be presenting four sessions at he upcoming Ohio State Meeting. Topics include: Google, Radiography, e-services and Data Security (HIPAA)

 

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From Boing Boing:

…embedding a ton of crappy, insecure shovelware that would be added to your computer every time you reinstalled the OS…

Lenovo eventually offered a removal tool. This is the second time this year they got caught pre-loading evil crapware to their PCs. This is becoming a pattern.

Source: Lenovo preloaded laptops with reformat-resistant perpetual crapware – Boing Boing

Yet another reason not to buy off the shelf hardware for your dental office. Use an IT pro to set up and support your office computers.

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Big Data Builds a Better ‘Help Wanted’ Ad

by Larry Emmott on August 26, 2015

in Management

From  – Bloomberg View:

If you want good applicants to respond to your job posting, write it as if you were talking to actual human beings. Banish “proactive” and “value added.” Change “interface with” to “work with.” Scuttle “synergy.” Replace “the [job title] will” and “the successful candidate will” with “you will.”…

No, this isn’t a bunch of out-of-touch advice from a pointy-headed English major … it isn’t coming from me. It’s coming from big data.

Source: Big Data Builds a Better ‘Help Wanted’ Ad – Bloomberg View

Very interesting and useful. It seems that potential new employees would rather “work with a team of fellow professionals” than “Interface with synergistic stakeholders.”

Finding great dental team members is always a challenge.

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on August 26, 2015

in Dental Art

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“Dens in Dente” from the CDA Art Exhibit

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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From Mashable:

Many hospital listings will now include emergency room wait times, whether hospital staff is friendly, and whether hospital rooms are quiet. For nursing homes, Yelp lists information including how many free beds are currently available and whether the federal government has fined that place for not meeting certain standards.

Source: Yelp now lets you see how long the wait will be at the hospital’s ER

yelp Hospital

As a general rule I am not a fan of Yelp. However I find this new system interesting. I have no idea how they will monitor wait time. Will they somehow tap into the hospital computer…I hope not.

The other aspect, reporting fines, board actions lawsuits etc. will be easier. All that is public record and this simply reflects what Healthgrades has been doing for years. One the one hand I believe reporting board actions will provide more real information regarding quality than the ranting of an unhappy grump whose insurance didn’t pay. On the other hand, sadly, just because someone files a suit or board complaint does not mean the dentist did anything wrong.

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Online Marketing Dictionary for Dentists

August 25, 2015

From Smile Marketing: Below are 11 words you might not find in Webster’s Dictionary, but they are essential to understand when it comes to marketing your practice on the Internet! Source: Online Marketing Dictionary for Dentists | Smile Marketing I imagine you have received numerous offers to market your dental practice from people all over […]

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Office Sway – Create and share amazing stories, presentations, and more

August 24, 2015

Sway makes it quick and easy to create and share polished, interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and more. Add your content, and we’ll do the rest. Source: Office Sway – Create and share amazing stories, presentations, and more This is the latest from Microsoft Office. You will need to follow the link for details. I […]

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On Knowing the Future

August 24, 2015

From Kevin Williamson: The future is, and will always be, unknowable. The future isn’t a foreign country, but an alien planet. Sandberg-Diment in 1985 did no worse predicting the future of technology than any of us would do today. Source: New York Times — Archived Article on Laptops Makes its Rounds | National Review Online […]

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How to Provide a Better Patient Experience in the Dental Practice

August 21, 2015

From Andy Jensen: Dental management consultants regularly raise a red flag when it comes to how the dentist’s team answers the phone. Most of us can probably share a story or two about less-than-stellar customer service when calling your dentist or other healthcare professional. For a new patient, how that phone call is answered is […]

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DICOM

August 20, 2015

DICOM stands for Digital Image Communication in Medicine. It is an international standard for digital radiography that covers everything from hospital CAT Scans to dental periapicals. It is the DICOM standard that assures the reliable transfer of images from one system to another. The DICOM standard also calls for the transfer of essential data along […]

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Why no one sees your Facebook posts

August 20, 2015

Links get the lowest visibility in the Facebook news feed, while photos, videos, and status updates get the most visibility. This is due to the Facebook algorithm, which determines what shows up in the news feed. Top priority is given to videos and photos. HT Backbone As a general rule only about 6% of the […]

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Dentist – Small-Business Owner

August 19, 2015

Well yah. …being a successful dentist meant being a successful small-business owner. Source: From Dentist to Small-Business Owner: Tips and Options After stating the obvious the article actually has some good information about practice financing.

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Dental Art

August 19, 2015

“The Face of Dental Software” From Curve. Of course this is commercial art which some people love to look down on as not real art. I disagree. This image is compelling, well rendered, it uses colors very well and it conveys a message. I always thought Andy Jensen the marketing honcho at Curve was creative. (BTW […]

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ADA assists members in transition to ICD-10

August 18, 2015

From ADA News: After Sept. 30, dentists who take Medicaid patients and those covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act will not be able to use the ninth revision of the International Classification of Diseases, and the ADA is preparing to assist members to transition to the next version. Source: ADA assists members […]

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Most Health Insurance Co-ops Are Losing Money, Federal Audit Finds

August 18, 2015

From NYT: Most federal insurance cooperatives created under the Affordable Care Act are losing money and could have difficulty repaying millions of dollars in federal loans, an internal government audit has found,… Hmmm

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Medical Devices too Prone to Hackers

August 18, 2015

From the Washington Times: At a conference here Thursday, security researchers said that hundreds of common medical devices, ranging from X-ray machines to MRIs, have been vulnerable to attack by hackers. Source: Medical devices too prone to hackers, researchers warn – Washington Times I believe the concept of the “Internet of things” is awesome. However I […]

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Billion Dollar Bully

August 17, 2015
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Encrypted email means dental providers can easily exchange secure messages

August 17, 2015

A Guest blog from Christine Alfano. The opinions expressed are hers not Dr. Larry Emmott. However I believe it is valuable for dentists to get various takes on technology issues in order to make good technology choices. _____________________________________________________________________________ By Christine Alfano As the need for dental practices to share Protected Health Information (PHI) grows so […]

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Not Online

August 17, 2015

Several of these excuses reasons amount to the same thing. Not interested, don’t need it, waste of time, too busy and even too old are all the same excuse. That totals almost have the people who are not online. The reality is that for most of them they do not know what they do not […]

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