Law enforcement groups and private security companies around the world said they have taken down a botnet that enslaved more than 770,000 computers in 190 countries, stealing owners’ banking credentials and establishing a backdoor to install still more malware.
via Botnet that enslaved 770,000 PCs worldwide comes crashing down | Ars Technica.
Is it really possible to go paperless? How can I turn all this junk into a digital record? And why should I even bother?
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A problem I see over and over again with high tech and dentistry is Stuff vs. Solutions. The most visible element of digital technology is the thing; that is the computer, the sensor the big monitor or even the web page. Because these things are so obvious the tendency is to think of technology in terms of these things, in other words “stuff”. If you have the stuff you are high tech.
Having stuff is nice but the real value of technology is when it can be used to provide a solution. Technology by itself has no value it only has value when it used to enhance our systems both human systems and clinical systems.
A human system for example is the work flow needed to schedule a patient, remind them of an appointment, and get the proper information to the dentist regarding that patient. A clinical system would be capturing a diagnostic aid like a radiograph or detecting decay.
If a dental office has a good PMS (Practice Management System) like Eaglesoft or Dentrix that is stuff. Following the human system example above many offices will use the PMS to schedule, then call the patient to remind them and then dig out a paper chart from the files to record and transfer information about the patient. They may have stuff, but do not have a good solution.
On the other hand if the office uses the PMS to make an appointment then connects to a web service to send an e-reminder and gets a complete patient record with a single mouse click from any computer in the office; that is a solution.
The office with good high tech solutions will get much more value from technology that those offices who just buy stuff.
Buying stuff is easy (as long as you have the money :-)) Developing and implementing solutions takes a lot more effort.
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I will presenting an all day program April 23 in St. Paul at the Star of the North.
Google Juice in the morning and Paperless Records in the afternoon.
From Washington Post:
The health care sector has become the hot target for hackers in recent months, according to researchers at Symantec,..
After a wave of high-profile attacks on banks and retailers over the last two years, almost 80 percent of the calls to Symantec’s global “incident response” service since December have come from health organizations,
via Hackers keep trying new targets in search of easy data – The Washington Post.
The other area of increased hacker activity is education. Like healthcare universities where administrators have historically been less focused on computer security.
Another area of increasing concern is “Ransomware”. Malicious hackers will invade a computer and encrypt all the data. They will release it only of the victim pays a fee. I have already talked to several dentists who have been victims of this type of attack. It is devastating.