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Software

REMINDER: XP Support Ends Today

April 8, 2014

Today is the Day If you have computers running Windows XP, and many US dentists do, you should replace them. Microsoft will no longer support XP after today, April 8, 2014. Why is that a problem? The problem is not that your computer might stop working the problem is that the cyberspace is filled with bad […]

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Good Charting Software

April 7, 2014

Good charting software has many features. One of the most important is that is 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. If […]

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Dentrix Ascend

April 4, 2014

From Henry Schein: Cloud Based Dentrix Ascend has completed Beta Testing. – Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, today announced the availability of Dentrix Ascend, its first cloud-based practice management system. Having completed beta testing, Dentrix Ascend features a […]

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Dentrix Tips and Tricks

March 28, 2014

From Dentrix Magazine: Patient/Family Alerts Did you know that when you create patient alerts you can assign them to individual patients, selected family members, or all family members? This can save you from having to re-enter alert information, especially if the alert applies to more than one family member. To create patient/family alerts: Dentrix Magazine […]

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Eaglesoft 17

March 24, 2014
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Opera Communication

February 25, 2014

Minnesota dentist Dr. Bryan Laskin was looking for a communication system for his new office. Old fashioned light systems were tried and true but are also extremely expensive. Newer digital systems were better but none seemed to fit his needs. So he invented a brand new tablet based system he calls OperaDDS. Now he has […]

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Dentrix Tip -Charting Conditions

February 18, 2014

If you want conditions to show on the Graphic Chart, then you can chart them using the ADA CDT condition codes. These codes function like all other procedure codes in Dentrix, allowing you to input a tooth, surface, or quadrant. via Dentrix Tip Tuesdays: Charting Conditions using ADA Condition Codes. As a general rule dentists […]

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Anti-Buzz: Software Bloat

February 15, 2014

In Case You missed it: Anti-buzz re-visited from October.   It’s something we joke about from time to time: Getting a new computer and marveling at how fast it seems, and yet in a few years time it will seem unreasonably slow. When we experience this we ask ourselves if it was the computer that […]

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YAPI Update

February 7, 2014

I ran into my friends from YAPI at the AADGP meeting in Vegas. I had not kept up with their new developments, but should have.  I was very impressed with the new tablet interface. The whole system is designed to facilitate a paperless office and ease patient flow and communication throughout the office. One of […]

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What does “Cloud” really mean?

January 31, 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 […]

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Interoperability

January 22, 2014

From my January Inscriptions article: Imagine a world in which if you owned a Ford you could only fill up at a Ford gas station with Ford gas. Toyota gas won’t work. You can only drive in the Ford lane and take the Ford off ramp. If the Ford off ramp is closed for repairs you […]

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Dentrix Dentist Sweepstakes

January 19, 2014

Dentrix is looking for the next Dentrix Dentist! This winner will be featured in Dentrix publications, advertising and the website. Dentists cannot submit themselves so a member of the dental practice who submits their dentist will be given a FREE iPad Air! Dentrix Dentist Sweepstakes.

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 2014 New Years Resolution – clean up your database

January 8, 2014

From Dayna the Dentrix Diva: Is your New Year’s Resolution for 2014 to clean up your Dentrix Database? Do you find that you have duplicate insurance plans taking over your system? Do you have several unnecessary or duplicate medical alerts.Do you find that you have duplicate insurance plans taking over your system? Do you have […]

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The Future will be Partly Cloudy

November 26, 2013

Cloud computing has been the “next big thing” for close to fifteen years. Back then it wasn’t the Cloud or SAS but was called ASP (Application Service Provider).  Various companies have been nibbling at the edge of cloud computing for dentists since 1999. They have been nibbling but have failed to achieve much a foothold […]

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At the ADA: OralEye

November 5, 2013

OralEye is a smart phone App that lets users take and upload photos to a dentist for evaluation and possible diagnosis. The app starts with a short questionnaire asking patients for basic demographic information and to describe their dental concern. It then guides them through the process of taking six images including a smile, retracted bite […]

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At the ADA: LocalMed

November 3, 2013

One of the few things I saw at the ADA meeting in New Orleans that was truly new and unique was LocalMed an online service that allows patients to actually book an appointment in your office. I believe we are ready to take that step. Of course you do not allow patients to take control […]

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Upgrade Ahead of the Windows XP Expiration Date

October 31, 2013

This week Dentalcompare: The end of XP Microsoft has announced it will cease all support for XP—including security updates—on April 8, 2014. That does not mean your computer might stop working immediately, but cyberspace is filled with bad guys just waiting to pounce on your defenseless machines. via Emmott On Technology: Upgrade Ahead of the […]

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Phone Integration

October 29, 2013

Broadview Networks integrates your phone system with Dentrix G5. When a patient calls into your practice a window instatntly pops up on the desktop display before you even answer the phone. The pop up displays patient records, including family history, appointments, clinical details, prescriptions and account balance information. By having all this data at their […]

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Windows 8.1

October 20, 2013

Windows 8.1 has hit the shelves and the reviews are coming in. The update includes one subtle interface tweak that could prove to be the most important in getting Windows 8 holdouts to finally start embracing the new UI: the ability to share the same background between the Start screen and the Desktop. via The […]

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Common Paperless Mistake

October 18, 2013

One of the mistakes dentists make with digital 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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