The old joke about computers has always been that as soon as you buy one, it becomes outdated. The joke itself is a little dated as it is a joke about frustration over computing costs, something that doesn’t have the bite it used to. But it is also a joke about how computers mysteriously become junk without us realizing it.
Windows XP’s recent retirement reminded me of a time, about 10 years ago, when it was still Microsoft’s latest OS offering. At the time I worked in a used bookstore that, for better or worse, was willing to consider buying just about anything.
So the occasional computer would come in. [click to continue…]
More wisdom from Seth Godin:
One of the reasons that Oz is seen as being particularly great and powerful is that it’s just so much trouble to get to see him…
Contrast this with a doctor’s office I recently visited. He was sharing space with a chiropractor, and the office was in the back of a grade B strip mall. Inside the waiting room were dozens of mimeographed signs (I didn’t even think you could mimeograph stuff any more) offering weight loss schemes and warnings about what sorts of payment weren’t accepted, and how it needed to be proffered immediately.
via Seth’s Blog.
I am a big fan of CareCredit. If people refuse our best treatment because of costs the final result is dental failure. Making it easy for patients to get better care with third party financing is just good business and it is even good dentistry. The following video explains the system well and could be embedded in your office website or social media page.
Samsung plans to launch an Android Wear device as well as a Tizen smartphone in 2014, Reuters reports.
The first Tizen phone from Samsung will be a high-end model, and should launch around the end of Q2 2014, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team, told Reuters in an interview. It will be followed by a mid-range device, which will launch at an unspecified date.
via Samsung to Launch Android Wear Device, Tizen Phone This Year.
Wearable devices could be very cool in the dental office. Imagine having your daily schedule on your wrist or calls to the hygine room buzz and pop up.
In case you missed it: Dentalcompare from October 2013.
Imagine going down to the Chevy dealer and picking out a new car, selecting the color and all the options, including the engine, transmission and fancy wheels, but when you ask the salesman how much the car will cost he won’t tell you?
“We don’t know the fee,” He says. “We will just send you a bill after you pick up the car.”
That’s nuts. No one would consider buying a car that way, and yet this is exactly the way people buy medical care every day…
…there is a property of smartphones—the multifunction capacity of these digital devices—that could reduce the cost of future medical dental technology. Everyone knows that a smartphone isn’t just a phone. Typically it is also a camera, a video camera, a gaming device, a GPS, a clock, a calculator and a whole lot more. Just a short while ago you would have needed to buy each one of those devices as a stand-alone, purpose built machine, now they are all part of your smartphone.
Generally speaking the smartphone in your pocket has more computing and communication power than the most sophisticated computer on the planet had a few years ago.
Researchers are taking advantage of that power by incorporating medical devices into a smartphone. For example there is an algorithm (an app) that analyzes a smartphone video of your face and by detecting minute changes can determine pulse rate and other functions that in the past required an expensive EKG.
via Emmott On Technology: The Forces Driving Up Healthcare Costs and How Technology Can Bring them Back Down | Dentalcompare.com.
This article is even more significant now that it was last year. The current news is full of the articles about the rising cost of medicine and insurance as a result of the ACA (Obamacare). Historically centralized control and regulations on costs have not only failed to control costs but have resulted in higher costs and shortages. There is no reason to expect different results this time and so far that is what we are seeing.
On the other hand innovative disruptive technology has proven time and again to improve service at lower costs.
Follow the CNET link below for a comprehensive up to date listing of major web sites and their exposure to the Heartbleed Bug:
- Google Pass Vulnerability patched. Password change recommended
- Facebook Pass Vulnerability patched. Password change recommended
- YouTube Pass Vulnerability patched. Password change recommended
- Yahoo! Pass Vulnerability patched. Password change recommended
- Amazon Pass Was not vulnerable
- Wikipedia Pass Vulnerability patched. Password change recommended
- LinkedIn Pass Was not vulnerable
- eBay Pass Was not vulnerable
- Twitter Pass Was not vulnerable
via Heartbleed bug: Check which sites have been patched – CNET.