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You Need People to go Paperless

October 12, 2017

“Going Paperless” is based on computer technology so it is only natural to focus on the computers and the software when planning to go paperless. However the technology is only half of the equation. If the people in the office aren’t prepared and enthusiastic the technology alone will never work. This includes the dentist, some […]

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Guide to Paperless Records

October 5, 2017

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 office” will answer the basic question…Why bother?  It then provides step by […]

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Paper to Paperless

September 4, 2017

I believe the conversion process from paper to paperless records requires three different types of help or support. Consultant: This person helps develop the plan, choose vendors, establish a budget, set up office systems, assign tasks and follow up over time to trouble shoot and assure completion of the project. Trainer: This person teaches the office staff […]

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Stop Making Paper

August 29, 2017

Once the system to create a digital patient record is in place, you simply stop making paper. Everything new is electronic; everything from the past is paper. One of the common mistakes dentists make with electronic charting is that they only go part way. Sometimes we miss the obvious, it is the old “can’t see […]

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The File Room of 2027

August 24, 2017

Today: The dentist has a room filled with charts, radiographs, correspondence, EOBs and all the other records along with endless little white boxes filled with plaster models. Finding the models and records for a case done six years ago requires an exploratory party and soon bears a striking resemblance to a wilderness expedition. But make no mistake about […]

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Four Ways to make it Digital

August 7, 2017

It is possible to turn dead tree (paper) information into electronic digital information. There are four ways to create digital information. Enter it Capture it Scan it Import it Enter it: What this refers to is the process of directly typing or clicking in information. Capture it: Digital capture refers to a process that creates […]

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Five Features of Charting Software

June 22, 2017

Good charting software has many features here are five of the most important. Good charting software eliminates all paper. That means the software must accommodate all the bits of paper data we have stuffed in our patient folders and it must have a method of importing virtually anything either with a scanner or file import function. […]

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Help Going “Paperless”

June 15, 2017

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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Paperless…Not

June 9, 2017

Print…Sign…Scan…Shred is not paperless. Get some help:  

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Electronic Dental Record (EDR)

May 25, 2017

What makes up  a digital patient record or EDR (electronic dental record)? At the basic level there is  the patient census information, health history, the tooth chart, the treatment plan, all the progress notes and financial information. At the next level it is really a lot more than that. A complete digital record will also include any […]

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Registration is Now Open for Carestream Dental’s 2017 Global Oral Health Summit

May 9, 2017

Oral health professionals of all specialties are invited to take their practice to the next level at the 2017 Global Oral Health Summit. This is a two-day immersive learning experience designed for professionals looking to enhance their workflow by either learning more about the software and equipment they already have or by introducing new technology […]

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Person Place or Thing?

May 4, 2017

Is the Front Desk a Person, a Place or a Thing? Once we transfer the data from paper to electronic paperless records, we no longer need a single physical place, like the front desk, to gather the information. An administrator can gather the data where ever there is a computer. That could be at the […]

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Health Data Sharing Is Increasing, But Confidence in Privacy Security Lags

May 2, 2017

From RealClearHealth: More patient health data is being shared for approved purposes, with almost 57 percent of organizations possessing such data reporting sharing and over 55 percent increasing the amount shared. However, these same organizations lack confidence in their ability to protect privacy, increasing reputational and other risks if patient identities are exposed. Source: Health Data […]

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Utah State Dental Convention

April 20, 2017

I am looking forward to presenting on paperless records and digital workflow at the Utah State Dental Convention  next week April 28. 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 […]

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Save Money with Flat Rate eClaims

April 3, 2017

One of the truly revolutionary things digital technology and the Internet has been able to do is eliminate the “middle man” to increase efficiency and lower costs. Renaissance Electronic services has done that with e-claims. The product is called “Remote Lite”. The average dental practice spends up to $160 per month on processing claims and […]

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Digital Charting Tip

March 30, 2017

If you get a good set of intraoral digital photos and x-rays you can do much of the charting at your desk. You no longer need to be chairside with the assistant calling out findings while she scribbles things down on paper. This is especially true with existing restorations, broken teeth and other conditions. You can […]

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Electronic Dental Record guidance from the ADA

March 27, 2017

From ADA News: The committee earlier this year published ADA Technical Report No. 1030, Dental Provider’s Guide to the Electronic Dental Record, which discusses key concepts of the Electronic Dental Record and provides guidance on implementing an Electronic Dental Record system into dental offices. Source: Electronic Dental Record concepts, guidance for use laid out in […]

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HIPAA Documentation and Data Safety

March 24, 2017

Compliance IQ Webinar March 29 We will start with some basic technology concepts that will help you understand and use all technology more effectively. We will then show you how to create electronic records that are fast, easy to use, easy to read and will protect you from litigation. Once you have electronic digital records, […]

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Thanks Patrick

March 21, 2017

A wonderful testimonial from Technology on the Rocks veteran Patrick McGibbon

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Common “Paperless” Mistake

March 20, 2017

A common mistake dental offices make regarding digital records is to gather digital information, such as photographs, but store it in separate dental software that is not part of the patient’s digital record. To be most effective the digital information must be all part of the same record using either a fully integrated system or linking each […]

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