by Larry Emmott on March 27, 2015

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Top Dental Web Sites

by Larry Emmott on March 27, 2015

in Internet

A nice online resource. A listing of well down and useful webs sites for dentists. (Of course Emmott on Technology is on the list :-))

Top Dental Sites 2014 – Braces or Invisalign.

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REDS April 17

by Larry Emmott on March 26, 2015

in Dental Speaker

I will be presenting an all day program April 17 in Ukiah, CA for the Redwood Empire Dental Society

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Topics will include paperless records and using the Internet.

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…found The Canary System® to exhibit superior performance compared to bitewing radiography for the detection of proximal caries.

via Oral Health Journal – Independent Clinical Study Finds the Canary System to Be Superior to Bitewing Radiography.

This is huge! It is easy to see how the Canary System would be useful for occlusal caries detection. However this new study indicates it is useful for interproximal caries detection as well. Not just useful but in fact superior. Interproximal caries detection without radiation.

I believe we are on the brink of an enormous revolution in diagnostic technology.

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From NYT:

This filing season, for the first time, millions of Americans are facing tax implications — and new forms that even seasoned preparers are finding confusing — related to their health insurance status. The changes are not only complicating things for tax filers, but also costing many of them money.

New York Times:

This was easy to predict, only the wishful would have thought otherwise. It will get worse.

Related…half of people who received premium tax credits would have to repay some portion of the amount, according to estimates by The Kaiser Family Foundation.

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EHR Update (it is not pretty)

by Larry Emmott on March 25, 2015

in Paperless

datalossCFrom NYT:

A 2013 RAND survey of physicians found mixed reactions to electronic health record systems, including widespread dissatisfaction. Many respondents cited poor usability, time-consuming data entry, needless alerts and poor work flows.

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According to the linked article physicians continue to be frustrated by technology and electronic health records. Like me, the author is a tech believer who sees the possibilities and wants everyone to be using technology. Indeed the potential benefits are amazing…yet.

So far technology has not done much to improve the delivery or the effectiveness of medical care. Physicians especially are exasperated with complex and hard to use systems. Rampant warnings designed to improve care are ignored. When every keystroke seems to result in a pop up warning the user just overrides them all and powers on.

There are two significant factors that are contributing to the problems.

First the EHR systems were designed to meet government specifications and mandates. They were not designed for physicians or patients. They are not designed to enhance work flow but to collect data. In dentistry we have had paperless electronic records for over a decade. (I went paperless with Dentrix in 2002). These records are easy to use and enhance both business and clinical experience for the dentist and the patient.

However what dental records lack is interoperability and standardized data sets. Even though I can create a complete electronic paperless record with Dentrix I cannot transfer that record if a patient moves out of town, sees another dentist or has an emergency hospital visit.

The second significant factor is change. Medicine is caught in the gap between comfortable old fashioned paper and the new electronic options. Many entities, doctors, clinics, hospitals and health plans are stuck doing both an electronic record and a paper record. Instead of making things faster and easier these hybrid systems make it worse. No one ever knows if the data they want is on paper or in a computer.

Getting past this issue will just take time and effort.

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Dental Art

March 25, 2015

“At the Dentist” by Rebecca Noelle. Insert “eye tooth” comment 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. All the Dental Art images can be found here on […]

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Removing state-based obstacles to affordable healthcare

March 24, 2015

From the Hill: States can begin by repealing “Certificate of Need” (CON) laws. These are outdated and counterproductive laws which encourage cronyism, increase costs, and detract from the quality of health care… When a new provider petitions for a certificate, established providers are usually invited to testify against their would-be competitors. This means that some health care […]

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Dentrix Tip: Attaching Another Patient to a Document

March 24, 2015

There are times when you will want the same document to be attached to an entire family or to multiple patients. Instead of scanning the document multiple times in each patient’s Document Center, you can attach multiple patients to the same document. via Dentrix Tip Tuesdays: Attaching Another Patient to a Document. Usually when I […]

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Handy apps for your dental practice available from ADA

March 23, 2015

A catalog of dental procedure codes, a visual tool for patient case presentations and a series of videos designed to aid patient education, are apps on sale in the ADA Catalog. The searchable, easy-to-use CDT Code Check app for iOS and Android contains the most up-to-date CDT Codes, including 16 new procedure codes and 52 […]

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This incredible 3D printer ‘grows’ objects out of liquid

March 23, 2015

WOW from TED 2015 in Vancouver: DeSimone told the BBC the printer can conceivably print teeth “while the patient sits in the dentist’s chair” via TED2015: This incredible 3D printer ‘grows’ objects out of liquid | Business Insider. CAD CAM milling machines like CEREC and Carestream CS3500 are amazing. However they are complex and expensive. […]

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Advantage Dental reports hacker breach

March 22, 2015

Dental Plan gets hacked: Advantage Dental has notified more than 150,000 patients across the state of a breach of personal patient health information after an internal database at Advantage was accessed illegally, company officials said Monday. The unauthorized access occurred between Feb. 23 and Feb. 26. An intruder was able to gain access to the […]

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Microsoft to axe Internet Explorer

March 20, 2015

From Fox: …the negative connotations with the name were just too much — Microsoft is finally giving up on IE. Many Windows users associate Internet Explorer with terrible performance and badly rendered websites, but that hasn’t actually been the case for a long time. The most recent iterations of the browser have worked well enough, […]

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Expert Business Strategies

March 20, 2015

From the ADA “Expert Business Strategies”   I contributed a chapter on Paperless Records. I am honored to be included along with Sally McKenzie, Cathy Jameson, Rita Zamora, Roger Levin and others. Order Here:

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Everything Is

March 19, 2015

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ― Albert Einstein

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Do You Own Your Website?

March 19, 2015

Sometimes when a business contracts with a web development company to create a web page the domain is registered in the name of the web developer not the name of the business. This can be a very big deal if the web developer goes out of business or if the business owner wants to change […]

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WRDC 2015

March 19, 2015

I will be hanging out at the Western Regional Dental Conference in Phoenix the next few days. I am looking forward to seeing Janice Hurley and I am taking a course on marijuana and ethics…go figure. I will let you know if I discover anything interesting.

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The one who makes things worse

March 18, 2015

More wisdom from Seth Godin, read the whole thing. Every committee or organization has at least one well-meaning person who is pushing to make things more average. “On behalf of the masses, the uncommitted, the ones who don’t care, we need to dumb this down, smooth out the edges and make it more average. We […]

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Dental Art

March 18, 2015

“Green Teeth” This may not be fine art but it is green in honor of St Patrick. 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 […]

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Dentrix Tip: Printing Care Instructions with Walkout Statements

March 17, 2015

When patients have oral surgery or other difficult procedures completed in your office, you often have care instructions to send home with them. You can attach those care instructions to specific procedure codes. Then, when you complete that procedure code, the care instructions will be automatically printed along with the walkout statement you generate for […]

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