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Paperless

CareCredit Direct

December 29, 2016

CareCredit Direct is a web-based software that allows your patients or clients to: Learn about the CareCredit healthcare credit card. Calculate monthly payments based on promotions you accept. Apply for a CareCredit credit card and get an instant credit decision. Make same-day transactions of any size.¹ Select their promotion from options you accept and get […]

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Seven steps to developing a high tech dental office

December 8, 2016

1. Begin with the End in Mind: Have a plan and a goal before you start 2. Establish a technology infrastructure: Integrated practice management software Computers networked in the treatment rooms 3. Add the “Big 2”: Digital images Digital radiography 4. Non-dental programs: Word processing Checkbook Anti virus 5. Use the Internet and e-services: Reminders […]

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Paperless Thoughts

November 14, 2016

Dead tree (paper) data can only be in one place at a time. There is only one paper appointment book, only one paper chart, only one film radiograph. As a result if one of the pieces is missing, say the chart is in the back (or just lost in a stack on the doctor’s desk) […]

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In Case You Missed It, OnDemand Webinars

October 28, 2016

If you missed the October 12 Webinar “Digital Workflow – Beyond Paperless” you can watch it on demand here: Source: OnDemand Webinars | Dental Marketing & Practice Management| Sesame CommunicationsDental Marketing & Practice Management| Sesame Communications Paperless records are just the beginning; digital technology ultimately empowers dental team members with a more efficient – digital […]

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Digital Workflow – Beyond Paperless Free Webinar

October 9, 2016

Webinar October 12 The course is this coming Wednesday, you still have plenty of time to sign up. Sponsored by Sesame Communications October 12 2016 – 11:00 am PST Paperless records are just the beginning; digital technology ultimately empowers dental team members with a more efficient – digital workflow – utilizing online communication and electronic […]

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Training Training Training

October 6, 2016

A critical step in developing a successful paperless record (or any new technology system) is training. Every team member, including the dentist, must understand and use the computers. You will never get full value from your technology investment without training. One of the major technology mistakes dentists often make is to take off and go golfing […]

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Guide to “Going Paperless”

August 19, 2016

2016 is the year to “Go Paperless” Stop putting it off, going paperless can save you tens of thousands of dollars. Make it your goal – paperless in 2016. My comprehensive technology guide, “How to go paperless in the dental office” will answer the basic question…Why bother?  It then provides step by step help in setting […]

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Ways to eliminate scanning

August 10, 2016

Does your front office have a basket over flowing with papers with a sign on it that reads “TO BE SCANNED?” Source:  The Dentrix Office Manager: Give your scanner a break . . . two ways to eliminate scanning Good advice in the attached article by Dayna Johnson. What she is basically saying is that […]

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Protect Your Clinical Notes from Tampering

July 25, 2016

In Dentrix, providers can use the clinical notes in the Patient Chart to keep thorough, clear dental records that are signed and dated. Signing a clinical note moves it into history, meaning it can no longer be edited or deleted. However, if changes need to be made, you can post an addendum to the note. […]

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Judy the Juggler

July 18, 2016

Judy the juggler works the front desk for Dr. Paperman. The front desk is the data center of the office. The data is the schedule, financial records and the charts. If the schedule is a paper book the book can only be in one place at one time and can only be accessed by one […]

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Thinks digital records cost too much

July 1, 2016
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“Paperless” Mistake

June 21, 2016

One of the common mistakes dentists make with electronic charting is that they only go part way. For example: The office may 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 […]

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ADA Practical Guide to Expert Business Strategies now an e-Book

June 16, 2016

The ADA Practical Guide to Expert Business Strategies addresses these questions and more by tapping into the knowledge and experience of today’s leading dental experts, including Charles Blair, Larry Emmott, Susan Gunn, Cathy Jameson, Roger Levin, and Sally McKenzie. It is ideal for both dentists and office staff. Read the articles on your own, or […]

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Why the Economic Payoff From Technology Is So Elusive

June 11, 2016

From the NYT: Dr. Sutherland bemoans the countless data fields he must fill in to comply with government-mandated reporting rules, and he concedes that some of his colleagues hate using digital records Source: Why the Economic Payoff From Technology Is So Elusive – The New York Times A long article that covers many issues but […]

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Make it Paperless

May 25, 2016

To create a paperless electronic chart you must first examine what you are now storing on paper. Generally the items in the chart fall in one of four categories, personal, financial, treatment or diagnostic. You will need a system to create all of these items in a digital format. The leading practice management systems like […]

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Expert Business Strategies

May 5, 2016

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

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Paperless Horses or Faster Charts?

May 4, 2016

One of my favorite tech sayings from Seth Godin; A car is not merely a faster horse. Why I like it so much is that it is simple, we can all “get it” instantly at a basic level and yet there is a lot more there than the obvious surface idea. For example, I sometimes […]

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“Risk Management” = Notes

May 2, 2016

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a noise? If a dentist does the right thing but doesn’t write it down did he do it” I recently attended an execrable risk management course foisted upon us by our malpractice provider.  As always whether or […]

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Hospitals and Dental Offices

April 28, 2016

From John Stossel, as they say read the whole thing: But as a consumer reporter, I have to say, the hospital’s customer service stinks. Doctors keep me waiting for hours, and no one bothers to call or email to say, “I’m running late.” Few doctors give out their email address. Patients can’t communicate using modern […]

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Patients Like E-mail

April 11, 2016

Did you know? 58% of consumers start their online day by reading their emails. 76% of dental patients said email is the best way for companies to communicate with them. This is based on a 2008 Sesame Communications research paper. Most likely today even more of your patients prefer e-mail. So the question is…are you […]

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