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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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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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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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The best tech of 2017

December 28, 2017

From Mashable: More than any year in recent memory, 2017 saw the launch of many (mostly) gimmick-free tech products. Source: The best tech of 2017 None of the 25 best tech items listed has a direct dental application however many could be used by dentists and dental team members. For example the Surface Laptop/Tablet, various […]

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Coming Soon

December 21, 2017

A technology to watch in the coming years is Telemedicine or if you prefer Teledentistry. That is the use of remote sensing and communications tools to provide medical and dental services from a distant location. We are already doing this in a limited fashion. For example, digital radiographs can easily be sent to a radiologist […]

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3D-printed Mouthpiece Promises to Floss Your Whole Mouth in Just One Bite

December 14, 2017

From Geek.com …a company called Blizzident wants to simply that part of your oral hygiene routine. How? By 3D-printing you a crazy customized flossing device. They call it (logically enough) 3D-Flosser, and they say it can floss your entire mouth in seconds. All you have to do is bite down and release and you’re done. […]

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EvoDent

December 7, 2017

EvoDent was one of the more impressive 3D printers I saw at GNYDM. It has wide distribution in Asia but is new to the US. The primary use of 3D printers in dentistry remains with dental labs, However there are many uses for it in a dental office, including temps and splints or any device […]

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Nexa3D, BEGO and XYZprinting Form Strategic Partnership to Accelerate the Transformation of Digital Dentistry

November 30, 2017

Nexa3D, the maker of ultra-fast Stereolithography professional-grade 3D printers, BEGO, the leading provider of digital and traditional dental materials, 3D printers and services together with XYZprinting, the world’s leading desktop 3D printer brand, today announced the groundbreaking three-way partnership designed to transform digital dentistry… …”This comprehensive three-way strategic alliance is designed to accelerate dental market access […]

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How to Keep Your Job

November 27, 2017

Researchers at Oxford estimate that as many as half the jobs people are doing today will be eliminated by technology. This includes dentists and dental team members. There is one sure fire way to ensure you still have a job during the high-tech revolution. Become the “Practice Technologist.” If a dental staff member believes her job […]

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Robot Surgeons Worse By Pretty Much Every Metric

November 20, 2017

Researchers at Stanford University took a look at data from 416 hospitals between 2003 and 2015, which should have given them a decent enough sample size to get a good idea of what was going on. What they found was that by just about every metric you want to use, the robot-assisted surgeries just aren’t […]

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Amazon may be quietly positioning itself to take part in healthcare

November 13, 2017

From USA Today: “It’s entirely likely Amazon will play a role in health care. They’re a company that’s been very disruptive to multiple industries,” said Wendell Potter, Source: Amazon may be quietly positioning itself to take part in healthcare Follow the link, read the whole thing. Dr. Alexa is on the way. Medicine (and by […]

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ADA announces collaboration with Chicago-based tech, innovation hub

November 9, 2017

From ADA News: In an effort to help accelerate the development of new technologies that can improve oral health, the ADA announced Oct. 12 it is collaborating with MATTER, a Chicago-based health care technology incubator and industry hub. Source: ADA announces collaboration with Chicago-based tech, innovation hub Good. The ADA is often perceived as being […]

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AI vs Doctors

November 9, 2017

From IEEE Spectrum: Artificial intelligence is challenging doctors on their home turf. We’re keeping score Source: AI vs Doctors – IEEE Spectrum HT Instapundit, comment AI will continue to get better every day; doctors…not so much.

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Stunning AI Breakthrough – One Step Closer to the Singularity

October 30, 2017

From Gizmodo: Incredibly, it took AlphaGo Zero (AGZ) just three days to train itself from scratch and acquire literally thousands of years of human Go knowledge simply by playing itself. The only input it had was what it does to the positions of the black and white pieces on the board. In addition to devising […]

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Wanted: 1 million people to study genes, habits and health

October 10, 2017

From SFGate: In a quest to end cookie-cutter health care, U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments and lifestyles interact — and to finally customize ways to prevent and treat disease. Why does one sibling get sick but not another? Why […]

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3-D printing could deliver dentistry to Astronauts

October 2, 2017

From CNN: Werkheiser’s department at NASA also works with universities and small businesses that are working on printable medical solutions for the future. Printable designs will be able to help astronauts with dental care, custom casts for fractures and sprains, sustainable tips for thermometers, vitamins, antibiotics, skin grafts and even food. Source: 3-D printing could be […]

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Robot Places First Fully Automated Dental Implant

September 26, 2017

From Time.com: In China, a robot dentist installed two dental implants for a woman last Saturday, in what could be the world’s first fully automated dental implant surgery, reports the South China Morning Post. Human doctors supervised the whole procedure but did not actively intervene. Source: China: Robot Conducts First Fully Automated Dental Implant | Time.com […]

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Smartphone Heart Monitor Beats Doctors at Diagnosing Atrial Fibrillation

September 25, 2017

From IEEE Spectrum: A new study that tested the Kardia Mobile heart monitor, made by AliveCor, found that the device detected more cases of the dangerous heart condition atrial fibrillation than general practitioners offering routine care… …To use the Kardia device, the user presses two fingers of each hand against an electrode pad. The device records […]

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IBM Watson Makes a Treatment Plan for Brain-Cancer Patient in 10 Minutes; Doctors Take 160 Hours

August 25, 2017

From IEEE Spectrum: A new study, in which IBM Watson took just 10 minutes to analyze a brain-cancer patient’s genome and suggest a treatment plan, demonstrates the potential of artificially intelligent medicine to improve patient care. But although human experts took 160 hours to make a comparable plan,… Source: IBM Watson Makes a Treatment Plan for Brain-Cancer […]

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What Netflix Can Show Healthcare Providers About Using Big Data

August 22, 2017

Netflix uses watch history data to offer customers personalized recommendations of other movies or shows they might enjoy. Crunching viewer data also guides decision making when it comes to original programming—and as the Emmy nominations show, using those algorithms has paid off.   Researchers at the Center for Research Informatics at the University of Chicago […]

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