These ER Docs Invented a Real Star Trek Tricorder

May 11, 2017

From NBC News: …the tricorder was a handheld medical device that could scan a patient, read his or her vital signs, and diagnose problems in minutes. A working prototype invented by a Philadelphia-based emergency room physician Basil Harris may not look like the ones used by Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy and Commander Beverly Crusher throughout the […]

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May 11 National Root Canal Appreciation Day

May 11, 2017
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365 Days of Social Posts for Dentistry

May 10, 2017

A new book from Rachel Mele: 365 Days of Social Posts for Dentistry.  It includes post suggestion for every day of the year along with descriptions of how to make the post engaging with links to live examples. Source: Book — Rachel Mele, Speaker

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ADA promulgating information on helping dentists make their websites accessible

May 10, 2017

From ADA News:  Completely Missing The Point The law has been construed, in some instances, to require that such accessibility be extended to websites offering services to the public. Source: ADA promulgating information on helping dentists make their websites accessible What did he say? “has been construed” that means there is no clear construction. It […]

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Dental Art

May 10, 2017

“Baby Tooth” Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental Art pieces please send them to me or give me a link. Thanks.

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Six to Go

May 9, 2017

I have been very lucky in that as a dental speaker I have traveled to cities and states all across the country. However there are six states I have yet to visit. They are: Alaska, West Virginia and a four state bundle right in the middle of the country, Nebraska, Wyoming, and both Dakotas. I fully intend to get to […]

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AI Predicts Heart Attacks and Strokes More Accurately Than Standard Doctor’s Method

May 9, 2017

From IEEE Spectrum: Now, in the latest win for AI medicine, researchers at the University of Nottingham in the UK created a system that scanned patients’ routine medical data and predicted which of them would have heart attacks or strokes within 10 years. When compared to the standard method of prediction, the AI system correctly predicted […]

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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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Paperless…what about Paperwork?

May 8, 2017

We now have a completely paperless office. That presents a dilemma. It is no longer appropriate to say “We have to do the paperwork.” There is no paper. So what is it now? Mouse work? Electron manipulation? Work that was previously known as paper?

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Sanctioned Austin ADA attorney now targeting dental websites

May 8, 2017

People really dislike going to the dentist. Never the less dentists are held in much higher regard than lawyers. Read the linked article and you will see why. From KXAN.com: Omar Weaver Rosales’ “demand” letters and threats of litigation are a new twist to a familiar pattern, according to longtime civil rights attorney Jim Harrington. […]

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Stone Age hunter-gatherers tackled their cavities with a sharp tool and tar

May 5, 2017

From Science News: Two teeth from a person who lived in what’s now northern Italy between 13,000 and 12,740 years ago bear signs of someone having scoured and removed infected soft, inner tissue. The treated area was then covered with bitumen, a sticky, tarlike substance Stone Age folks used to attach stone tools to handles Source: […]

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Federally qualified health center settles $400,000 HIPAA breach

May 4, 2017

From ADA News: The federal government in April settled a potential violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act with a Denver-area federally qualified health center that was reportedly the victim of a 2012 phishing attack. Source: Federally qualified health center settles $400,000 HIPAA breach Another big fine. The breach was from an e-mail scam […]

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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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Dental Art

May 3, 2017

Mickey Mouse with a toothache. Interesting that this is supposedly from Disney and expresses the usual dentist as evil torturer. Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental Art pieces please send them to me or give me a link. […]

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Medici lets you text your physician, dentist, vet and therapist from one platform

May 2, 2017

From MedCity News: Medici launched today (Apr 24) as messaging app that gives patients the opportunity to text all their doctors — no really, all their doctors — from a single platform. And if they feel the need for video communication, patients can press a button to activate the video chat feature. Source: Medici lets you text your physician, […]

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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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RealClearHealth – Opinion, News, Analysis

May 1, 2017

A nice comprehensive online resource with a wide range of opinions and news regarding health care in the US. Source: RealClearHealth – Opinion, News, Analysis, Video and Polls

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Patient photos with a Smartphone

May 1, 2017

If you are using a smart phone for patient photos such as before and after images, diagnostic planning photos or even ID photos for the digital chart, you might have a HIPAA problem. If the dentist or team member has their phone set up for cloud storage of images, and most of us do, then […]

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Dentists in the movies!

April 29, 2017

Dentistry in the movies! Follow the link above for a nice compilation of all the lousy dental characters in the movies. Let’s just say that in the movies the dentist is never the noble, brave and ever so sexy hero. It is a burden we must bear 🙁

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Ransomware is Everywhwere

April 28, 2017

This is amazing and scary. Three different people in my Utah Dental Society audience had suffered a recent ransomware attack!

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