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Future Tech

From app store to drug store, digital health is redefining pharma’s pipeline

March 29, 2018

From STAT: Backed by a growing body of evidence, software is itself becoming a prescription for diseases ranging from depression to heart disease, and drug companies are starting to take notice. In the past couple years, many have quickly ramped up their investments in digital startups, infusing software-based therapies into pipelines once dominated by traditional […]

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STL (file format)

March 22, 2018

From Wikipedia: STL (an abbreviation of “stereolithography”) is a file format native to the stereolithography CAD software created by 3D Systems.[1][2][3] STL has several after-the-fact backronyms such as “Standard Triangle Language” and “Standard Tessellation Language”.[4] This file format is supported by many other software packages; it is widely used for rapid prototyping, 3D printing and computer-aided […]

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3D printing advantages for dentistry

March 12, 2018

Both the material and the so-termed FAB family of printers have the aim of increasing efficiency and reducing the number of procedures necessary to produce dental prostheses. The printers can generate five-element precision bridges in less than 20 minutes. Source: 3D printing advantages for dentistry 3D is coming fast.

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A data driven revolution in health care is coming

March 1, 2018

From The Economist: Future AIs could, for instance, provide automated medical diagnosis from a description of your symptoms, spot behavioural traits that suggest you are depressed or identify if you are at special risk of cardiac disease. …The more patient data are analysed in the cloud or shared with different firms, the greater the potential […]

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This tiny robot could be the future of medication

February 20, 2018

From The Week: A minuscule new robot prototype, “small enough to move around in a stomach or urinary system,” can walk, jump, roll, and swim — and could soon be deployed to deliver drugs within the body, Source: This tiny robot could be the future of medication Is this the future of dentistry?

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Virtual Reality Allows Patients to Preview Their Own Surgery

February 12, 2018

Amazing! Part of Collins’ job is to create a “fly though” virtual reality video for patients. The night before Luna’s surgery, Collins gives her a headset to wear and lets her travel through her own brain. Luna admits being “a nervous wreck” before seeing the path Steinberg would take to locate the aneurysm. Source: Virtual […]

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Apple Adds Medical Records Feature for iPhone

February 5, 2018

From NYT: The feature is to become part of Apple’s popular Health app. It will enable users to transfer clinical data — like cholesterol levels and lists of medications prescribed by their doctors — directly from their medical providers to their iPhones,… Source: Apple, in Sign of Health Ambitions, Adds Medical Records Feature for iPhone […]

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What Hospitals Can Learn from Airlines About Buying Equipment

January 25, 2018

From Medtronic: One big reason why is that hospitals purchase technologies without requiring that they communicate with each other. The optimal air flow is based on a straightforward calculation using the height of the patient. Height data, however, resides in the electronic medical record, which typically does not communicate with the ventilator… …Because similar gaps […]

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More Dental 3D Printing; EnvisionTEC

January 23, 2018

Our materials are designed for a range of applications, for example: Dental and Orthodontic Models (E-Model and E-Appliance) Castable Crowns, Bridges, Copings and Partial Denture Frameworks (Press-E-Cast, E-Partial, PIC 100 C) Direct Crowns and Bridges (E-Dent 400 has been approved for long-term use in Europe and up to one year of use in the United […]

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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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