From ADA News:

For most dentists, the development of the guide means that when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services eventually publishes Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Claim Attachments regulation, there will be a tested and proven way to report dentist-defined periodontal examination data in a standardized, structured, electronic document,

Source: ‘Breaking new ground’ in standards development

This is a good first step and the ADA deserves some credit. However if history is a guide we need more than a standard we need the dental software vendors to follow the standard.

For example there has been a radiograph standard called dicom in effect for more than twenty years. No dental radiography vendors routinely use the standard. You need to request it and apply it as an added step. The vendors would rather keep you captive in a proprietary system.

Even worse it is a disgrace that there is no dental charting standard. It should be easy and automatic to transfer an electronic dental record from one dentist to another regardless of the management software in use at either end of the transfer.

Standards are the necessary first step, however they are useless if they are not followed. Vendors will only follow standards if we the buyer demand it or if it is mandated by government.

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From McKinsey & Company:

Companies know where they want to go. They want to be more agile, quicker to react, and more effective. They want to deliver great customer experiences, take advantage of new technologies to cut costs, improve quality and transparency, and build value.

Source: The next-generation operating model for the digital world | McKinsey & Company

You can easily insert the words “Dental office” in place of “Companies” in the paragraph above and it makes perfect sense. The linked McKinsey article is all about business in general but it discusses issues and solutions that are relevant and apply to dental practice.

The basic idea is that businesses need to coordinate functions between sectors (like back office and front office) and use technology to improve customer (patient) ‘journeys’, like the new patient experience.

The author outlines a process that parallels my concept of “The Office Technologist”. That is coordinated use of interactive technology that works together in order to improve outcomes and increase productivity. The alternative, which most offices develop when technology is first introduced, is a system of individual processes that stand alone and are not seen as part of the primary process but as an added burden.

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Getting paid what you deserve

by Larry Emmott on January 18, 2018

in General,Management

More wisdom from Seth Godin:

Getting paid what you deserve

You never do.Instead, you get paid what other people think you’re worth. That’s an empathic flip that makes it all make sense.

Source: Seth’s Blog: Getting paid what you deserve

If you read the post at the link Godin further makes the point that people will pay you based on reputation and their experience. In his words, “what they see, need and believe.”

This is certainly true of dentists. One of the best ways to separate yourself from the other dentists is the use of technology. Who is worth more the dentist who allows you to fill out forms online before your appointment or the dentist who hands you a clip board as you walk in? The dentist who makes a temp and has you come back, or the dentist who delivers a crown in one appointment?

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on January 17, 2018

in Dental Art

“Saint Apollonia” by Francisco de Zurbaran. Apollonia is the patron saint of dentistry. Her feast day Is February 9. This is the first of six Apollonia paintings I will feature in Dental Art before and after February 9. As you can imagine as a saint there are many depictions of her, mostly from previous centuries. You can read her sad tale here. Four previous dental art Apollonia images are here, here, here and here.

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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In a Hurry to get to the Dentist

by Larry Emmott on January 16, 2018

in Just for Fun

Video from CNN of the car in flight that ended up embedded in the dental office.

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Jeff Bezos 1999

by Larry Emmott on January 16, 2018

in Just for Fun

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TechCentral Free Assessment

January 16, 2018

TechCentral provides superior office technology solutions for dental practices. Request a Free Network Assessment for an individualized solution for your practice. Source: TechCentral | Integrated Dental Technology Solutions Start the new year with a tech check up. TechCentral from Henry Schein offers a free on-site tech assessment. One of the most important items to check […]

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Is Your Website Secure with an SSL Certificate?

January 15, 2018

From my friends at TNT Dental: Does your website have an SSL certificate installed? Google has put in place big changes that could negatively impact your site – if you don’t act now. “Not Secure” warning messages are now being displayed by Google in search results, as well as natively in internet browsers (Chrome, Firefox, […]

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Arizona dentist now accepting bitcoin

January 15, 2018

Hmmm Cash, credit and cryptocurrency are now being accepted by George Car, DDS, at Live to Smile in Tempe, Ariz.,… Dr. Carr works with exchange agencies to convert treatment prices cryptocurrency payments to U.S. dollars. He also has the option of keeping the bitcoin payment in his cryptocurrency account. Source: Cryptocurrency sneaks into dentistry – […]

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Most Personality Quizzes Are Junk Science. This One Isn’t.

January 12, 2018

From FiveThirtyEight: …while most of the personality tests shared around the internet are, indeed, bogus procrastination devices, there is a science to personality, and it’s something that researchers really can put into a quantified, testable format, Source: Most Personality Quizzes Are Junk Science. I Found One That Isn’t. | FiveThirtyEight Not high tech but has a […]

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The Four Stages to Paperless

January 11, 2018

There are four stages every dental office goes through as they progress from paper to paperless. Paper: This is the condition of every dental practice BC – Before Computer – say 1969 or earlier. Everything is on paper or film including charts, ledgers, and appointment books. Hardly any US dental offices are at this stage […]

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9 states with telehealth legislation taking effect in 2018

January 11, 2018

From MedCity News: But 11 pieces of legislation in nine states will officially take effect in 2018. Here they are: Source: 9 states with telehealth legislation taking effect in 2018 – MedCity News Related: Most of the new laws are intended to promote telemedicine. For example they remove rules requiring the practitioner to be in the […]

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Dental Art

January 10, 2018

“Opal Teeth” Not sure what this really is, I found it on a random Pinterest search. It looks like opals were used as teeth. I am not sure what is going on with # 11 or for that matter #8. The posterior teeth seem to be standard denture teeth. Not to mention the base, time […]

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Dine Digital Solution

January 9, 2018

From Dinecorp.com: The camera lights to the back of the mouth with NO additional attachments Our fastest focusing hand held camera ever!! Greatest depth of field of any of the Dine Digital Solutions. Ever wanted to get away from using the bulky Single Lens Reflex systems? Introducing….The Dine Digital Solution Source: Dine Digital Solution | Dinecorp.com […]

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The Digital Dentistry Movement

January 9, 2018

From TCT Magazine: That “goo” refers to the traditional process of creating a dental impression which has been used commonly, and continues to be, throughout dental practices and labs for centuries. Source: The Digital Dentistry Movement – TCT Magazine TCT is a magazine for the 3D printing industry. The linked article has a great deal of […]

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Meltdown and Spectre

January 8, 2018

From Ars Technica: The Meltdown and Spectre flaws—two related vulnerabilities that enable a wide range of information disclosure from every mainstream processor, Source: Meltdown and Spectre: Here’s what Intel, Apple, Microsoft, others are doing about it | Ars Technica The linked article has a great deal of detail if you are interested. The short version is […]

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Revisions sought for standard related to clinical terminology

January 8, 2018

From ADA: Dental professionals are invited to review and suggest revisions to a diagnostic code set developed in part by the ADA. Revised ANSI/ADA Standard No. 2000.1 SNODENT (Systemized Nomenclature of Dentistry) was approved by the American National Standards institute as an American National Standard in November 2017. The ADA has established a maintenance process […]

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January 5, 2018
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Troubleshooting Tips Your IT Guy Doesn’t Want You to Know

January 4, 2018

Tech Secrets: If you own a computer, you’re going to find yourself in need of a “techie” someday. Your computer will slow down and stop working efficiently, or worse, it will crash completely and you’ll be visited by the black screen of death. When that day comes, you’ll call a tech guy (or gal) and […]

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History of Dental Art

January 3, 2018

Another Dental Art sight. This one concentrates on old paintings and the history of dentistry Source: SFHAD

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