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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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TechCentral Free Assessment

January 16, 2018

TechCentral provides superior office technology solutions for dental practices. Request a Free Network Assessment for an individualized solution for your practice. Source: TechCentral | Integrated Dental Technology Solutions Start the new year with a tech check up. TechCentral from Henry Schein offers a free on-site tech assessment. One of the most important items to check […]

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Troubleshooting Tips Your IT Guy Doesn’t Want You to Know

January 4, 2018

Tech Secrets: If you own a computer, you’re going to find yourself in need of a “techie” someday. Your computer will slow down and stop working efficiently, or worse, it will crash completely and you’ll be visited by the black screen of death. When that day comes, you’ll call a tech guy (or gal) and […]

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The best tech of 2017

December 28, 2017

From Mashable: More than any year in recent memory, 2017 saw the launch of many (mostly) gimmick-free tech products. Source: The best tech of 2017 None of the 25 best tech items listed has a direct dental application however many could be used by dentists and dental team members. For example the Surface Laptop/Tablet, various […]

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Buy Now Save Taxes

December 14, 2017

Good news, if you have or are considering purchasing equipment this year!  Section 179 allows you to deduct up to $500,000 of the purchase price.  Important, this is only for items purchased and installed in the 2017 Calendar Year. In other words before December 31, 2017. Go to www.section179.org  to find out more information. I suggest you […]

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Hybrid Dental Office Backup Service

November 16, 2017

From TechCentral: With ransomware on the rise and its special taste for healthcare, the risk of losing all practice data is becoming far more likely than it was even 2 years ago. Loss of patient records, financial and accounting information, payroll, and inventory data not only puts the security of confidential patient information at risk, but […]

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No More DIY Tech Support

November 6, 2017

IT has become as important to a dental office as a compressor and central vac. In other words you can’t do business without it. At one time dentists had to either understand technology well enough to do it yourself or trust their business to an IT start up that had little or no knowledge of […]

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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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Keyboard Asepsis

July 28, 2017

Computer keyboards are notorious grunge hideouts. Many studies have found keyboards to be covered with grime and crawling with germs. Incidentally the filthiest keyboards were found in lawyer’s offices, but that is another story. As dentists we have an obligation to keep our treatment room computers clean and germ free. There are various ways of […]

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Lenovo ThinkStation P320 Tiny packs raw power into a small body

July 10, 2017

From SlashGear: Lenovo has taken the wraps off what it says is the smallest ever workstation with ISV certification: the Lenovo ThinkStation P320 Tiny. Source: Lenovo ThinkStation P320 Tiny packs raw power into a small body – SlashGear This is ideal for a dental office. The small size can be put anywhere in a treatment room […]

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Where not to put the computer Tower

June 12, 2017

Do not put the treatment room tower on the floor. It is likely to be damaged from cleaning activities; it could easily get wet from spills or mopping and it will pick up lots of dirt and dust. The tower needs to be close to a power supply and allow access in and out for various cables. […]

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Shop Open

February 28, 2017

When shopping for a digital product let vendors know that open non-proprietary systems are an important buying factor. Ask the sales person if you can transfer the digital impression to any lab of your choice or if you can load the impression into design software of your choice. In many cases the answer will be […]

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Mission Critical Failure

February 27, 2017

In dentistry we rely on a number of mission critical systems. If these critical systems fail we cannot do dentistry. This includes the air compressor, the central vac and maybe even the curing light. Most dentists have an emergency plan to back up a failure in a mission critical system. You may have a small […]

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This Cute Robot Arm Is Small Enough to Sit on Your Desk

February 15, 2017

This friend could be yours for just a few hundred bucks thanks to a new Indiegogo campaign. Source: This Cute Robot Arm Is Small Enough to Sit on Your Desk Hmmm I see a robot arm like this as a huge help to lab techs or…maybe even as a chairside assistant?

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11 technologies to watch in 2017

January 30, 2017

Much like The Force, technology surrounds us, penetrates us and binds together our galaxy, which is why it’s so hard to identify which technologies might have the most significant impact in the coming year. Source: 11 technologies to watch in 2017 All of these developing technologies with the possible exception of driverless cars will have […]

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Nomad and Aw Shucks

January 20, 2017

Intraoral x-rays have evolved, have you?

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Wearable Tech May Know You’re About To Get Sick

January 19, 2017

During tests on wearable tech to discover how they could be used in health matters, professor Micheal Snyder noticed the readings showed a higher than usual heart rate, higher skin temperature, and lower blood oxygen levels. The unusual activity was striking because he felt fine. The sudden onset of a low fever convinced him to […]

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Enormous 2 TB USB Drive Can Hold Everything You Need and More

January 17, 2017

Kingston Digital has announced what it claims is the world’s highest capacity USB flash drive, which comes in both 1 terabyte (TB) and 2 TB flavors. Both probably much bigger than you could ever really need. Source: Enormous 2 TB USB Drive Can Hold Everything You Need and More You could put your entire practice […]

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The Best of CES 2017

January 9, 2017

From PCMag.com: The Consumer Electronics Show (now officially simply termed CES) turned 50 this year. And yet, rather than turn stale or start to fade into irrelevance, the 2017 show brought some genuine innovation we haven’t seen in quite a while. Sure, wacky gadgets and pointless prototypes are all over the place at CES, but this […]

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Tech Upgrades Just Aren’t That Great Anymore

December 27, 2016

From Bloomberg View: This week, after four and a half years of faithful service, I finally replaced my old laptop. I will not bore you with the litany of troubles that led to this decision. The only interesting thing about my decision to replace my old 15-inch Macbook Pro is what I chose to replace it […]

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