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What does “Cloud” really mean?

December 16, 2014

Cloud refers mostly to three things. Cloud is often used simply as another word for Internet.  Cloud storage refers to storing data on a computer somewhere on the Internet not on the computer in your office. People store photos, music and even patient records online.  Cloud Computing is the sexiest meaning of cloud where the […]

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Top Twelve Dentrix Tips of the Year

December 15, 2014

It’s time once again for our Countdown to Christmas, featuring the top twelve most-viewed Dentrix Tips of the year, via (17) Dentrix.

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The 12 best Android apps of 2014

December 9, 2014

From Mashable: Between innovative new keyboard apps, new calendars and productivity tools, you’d be hard pressed to choose the best. We’ve picked out our favorite new Android apps of the year. Check out our list, below, to see which apps made our cut. via The 12 best Android apps of 2014.

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Dentrix Tip Referring Procedures

December 4, 2014

In my experience very few offices use the referral options in Dentrix very well. While you can edit each procedure individually and add the referral to each one, this process can be simplified by using the Treatment Planner to add a referral to a group of procedures at once. via Dentrix Tip Tuesdays: Referring Several […]

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Five Features of Charting Software

December 2, 2014

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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It’s Official—iOS 8 Is Apple’s Buggiest Release to Date

November 23, 2014

From Wired: Turns out it wasn’t just in our heads: Data from app performance monitor Crittercism showed iOS 8’s crash rate was 60 percent higher than iOS 7 during their respective first months on handsets. via It’s Official—iOS 8 Is Apple’s Buggiest Release to Date | WIRED.

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Dentrix Mastery Tracks

November 20, 2014

Having great technology won’t help your office unless you know how to use it. For many years I have been urging dentists to get more training on how to use their software. Dentrix offers a number of training options. Their newest option (introduced at the ADA in October) is Mastery Tracks. I like it for […]

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The Secret to Success

November 13, 2014

There is one absolute condition which must be present in order to get the most out of technology. The dentist needs to be involved and committed to the process. It is amazing how many dentists do not want to have anything to do with the computer. In fact some of them seem to be actively […]

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Dentrix Tip Tuesdays

November 12, 2014

This is a GREAT resource for Dentrix Dentists: You can save time and eliminate the first two steps by dragging a document from the Unfiled Documents directly to a Document Type folder within a specific patient’s Document Center. Dentrix will automatically fill in the patient’s name and the Document Type, so all you have to […]

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Consumer Windows 7 preinstalls has come to an end UPDATE

November 9, 2014

UPDATE: Thanks to Dan Edwards at Pact-One for this clarification. Windows 7 is no longer being preinstalled in new home PCs but it is available as a special order from Dell. You will be able to order a computer downgraded to Windows 7 Pro for at least 1 year or until Windows 10 is released […]

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 The Dentrix Office Manager

November 8, 2014

From Dayna Johnson: During a recent consultation, I talked to a dentist about this and how we could get his office’s number higher. His response was, “No one leaves my office without their next appointment scheduled.” However, when we reviewed the numbers together, he realized that only 66% of his hygiene patients were pre-scheduling … […]

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Dentrix Insight Seminars

October 29, 2014

I am a HUGE advocate for ongoing extended training in the use of technology. Many (if not most) dental offices fail to get full value from their technology investment because they simply do not know how to use it. This includes the dentist. Dentists must know what is possible if they are to lead their […]

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TellCast – Entertainment marketing for your business.

October 22, 2014

Ralph Laurie one of the founders of TellCast described it to me as “Pandora for video”. TellCast – Entertainment marketing for your business.. It does not work quite like Pandora but it does allow you to create custom play lists for your office and allow your patients to select and pair their device to video […]

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At the ADA OperaDDS

October 21, 2014

One of the most intriguing new tech products I saw at the ADA was the new upgraded version of OperaDDS. Developed by a dentist, Bryan Laskin, OperaDDS is a complete information dashboard that combines dental practice communications so that any team member can instantly be paged, receive e-mail, send orders to labs, or collaborate with […]

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Dentrix Mastery Tracks

October 17, 2014

Dentrix Mastery Tracks™ will make sure every member of your team is as prepared and capable as your technology—by giving you a fast and affordable way to test what they know about Dentrix and find out where they need improvement. It also directs them to the targeted training they need to enhance their skills and […]

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Maintaining a Legally Sound Health Record: Paper and Electronic

October 12, 2014

Some guidelines worth looking at from AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) The health record is the legal business record for a healthcare organization. As such, it must be maintained in a manner that follows applicable regulations, accreditation standards, professional practice standards, and legal standards. The standards may vary based on practice setting, state statutes, […]

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Evolution of the Desk

October 7, 2014

http://bestreviews.com/best-standing-desks#the-transformation-of-the-desk Via bestreviews.com

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They made me use Mac OS 9

October 6, 2014

From Ars Technica: …roll with whatever new software companies push out, even if it requires small changes to my workflow. In the long run it’s just easier to do that than it is to declare you won’t ever upgrade again because someone changed something in a way you didn’t like. via My coworkers made me use […]

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With Windows 10, Microsoft Finally Gets It

October 5, 2014

From Mashable: Call me crazy, but I think businesses are going to like Windows 10. By reintroducing the start menu, adding easy-to-access multiple desktops and even giving the Command Prompt its first upgrade in years, Microsoft is doing more than paying lip service to a disenfranchised business customer — it’s delivering what could be the […]

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Who Owns the Data?

October 2, 2014

In case you missed it: Dentalcompare from Nov 2012 As a dentist you create data as a byproduct of doing dentistry. You can’t help it. The data oozes out of the practice. The question is who owns the data?… For example if a dentist in Cleveland using imaginary PMS Softrix wishes to give away some […]

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