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Paperless Records

July 19, 2018

One of the fastest growing trends in dentistry is the move toward paperless records. There are tremendous advantages to paperless records including ease of access, improved patient care and lower costs. On the other hand we seem to be emotionally attached to our charts. Like old copies of National Geographic, we just can’t bring ourselves […]

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Afraid to go All the Way?

June 7, 2018

One of the mistakes dentists make with computerized charting is they only go part way. For example: They use a paper chart in the treatment room during diagnosis to mark future treatment. Then they take the paper chart to the computer and enter everything again. They will use the computer to create an estimate, insurance […]

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The Advantages of Digital Dental Treatment Notes

May 14, 2018

It is amazing how many dentists will spend enormous amounts of time every day writing, editing and reviewing poorly scribbled, hard to read handwritten notes but will not do a little planning and take a few hours to create digital notes so they never have to write in a chart again. Digital progress notes are: […]

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“It Could be Millions”

May 10, 2018

Do you remember this TV commercial from a few years ago? The room is filled with bedraggled executives and managers. It is obvious they have been working for hours, the room is a mess, costs are off, ties are loosened and the conference table is overflowing with papers, files, binders and reports. They are looking […]

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Paperless Charts, a process not an event.

May 7, 2018

Going paperless is a process not an event. At first you will need the paper charts on many of your patients as you will be referring to the previous paper entries. As time goes on you will need to refer less and less to the old paper records. After a year all the current x-rays […]

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Help Going “Paperless”

April 26, 2018

You probably have everything you need to go “paperless” except the knowledge of where to start and what to do next. Stop putting it off, going paperless can save you tens of thousands of dollars. Buy the book, take the first step. My comprehensive technology guide, “How to go paperless in the dental office” will […]

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Credit Card Signatures Are About to Become Extinct in the U.S.

April 23, 2018

From NYT: Credit card networks are finally ready to concede what has been obvious to shoppers and merchants for years: Signatures are not a useful way to prove someone’s identity. Later this month, four of the largest networks — American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa — will stop requiring them to complete card transactions. Source: […]

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STOP making Paper

April 17, 2018

Almost certainly you have everything you need to “go paperless” right now. The only thing holding you back is that you are afraid to STOP MAKING PAPER. Examine what you are still doing on paper. Most likely you are scribbling paper chart notes, writing paper prescriptions and using paper forms. All of these can be done […]

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Guide to Paperless Records

March 30, 2018

This is the year you finally make the commitment and Go Paperless Most likely you already have everything you need to go paperless. Stop putting it off, going paperless can save you tens of thousands of dollars. Buy the book, take the first step. My comprehensive technology guide, “How to go paperless in the dental […]

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Stuff vs. Solutions

March 15, 2018

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 […]

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Hinman 2018

March 13, 2018

  Source: 2018 Speakers – Dr. Lawrence Emmott I am honored to be presenting four sessions at the 2018 Hinman in Atlanta. Follow the link to register  

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Trump Administration Wants to Take On Medical-Records Puzzle

March 13, 2018

From Bloomberg via ADA News: “At a time when health-care data is being generated from so many sources, too often that data runs into the hard walls of closed systems that hold patients, and their information, hostage,” said Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, …“Patients ought to have control of their […]

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Overview of Online Appointment Scheduling Systems for Dentists

March 8, 2018

From ValuePenguin Software: …many dental practices still require patients to make a phone call in order to schedule appointments. Not only is this a major inconvenience for the patient that may make them reluctant to schedule their next appointment, but it’s also an inefficient use of your staff’s time. Fortunately, there are a few systems on […]

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AGD – The Four Steps to Paperless

March 6, 2018

AGD Impact I have an article in the current issue on the Four Steps to going Paperless. Step Four – Paperless Workflow.

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Pacific Dental Conference 2018

February 21, 2018

I will be presenting four sessions at the PDC in Vancouver March 8th and 9th Paperless records are just the beginning; digital technology ultimately empowers dental team members with a more efficient – digital workflow – utilizing online communication and electronic services. Digital technology is revolutionizing every aspect of the dental practice; including how we […]

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February 9, 2018
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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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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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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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Enhancing The Patient Experience Through Technology

November 14, 2017

From Opera DDS: By identifying technology that can deliver more positive touch points before, during, and after treatment, you’ll be providing a personal, positive influence to all patients. Source: Enhancing The Patient Experience Through Technology It is no longer good enough to be friendly, on time and take insurance. Everybody does that It would be […]

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