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Common “Paperless” Mistake

March 20, 2017

A common mistake dental offices make regarding digital records is to gather digital information, such as photographs, but store it in separate dental software that is not part of the patient’s digital record. To be most effective the digital information must be all part of the same record using either a fully integrated system or linking each […]

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Customizing Ledger Colors in Dentrix G6

June 19, 2015

Dentrix Tip: Customizing Ledger Colors in Dentrix G6 The Dentrix G6 Ledger has alternating shaded rows to make it easier to read individual line items. You can customize the color of that alternate row shading. via Dentrix Tip Tuesdays: Customizing Ledger Colors in Dentrix G6.

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Dentrix G6

January 12, 2015

The newest Dentrix upgrade G6 is  on the way. Are you ready? If you’re running Dentrix G5.2 and you have an active Dentrix Customer Service Plan (CSP), you’re ready for Dentrix G6 now. You don’t have to do anything else – your upgrade will be sent directly to your practice. You’ll also save $210 on […]

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Setting up an e-pad in Dentrix

January 6, 2015

Forms and signatures is an area that keep dental offices from going paperless. However it is easy and cost effective to use e-forms and e-signatures.

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Hiring and Training Staff for Technology Success

September 4, 2014

In Case you missed it: Dentalcompare from Nov. 2013. Dentists sometimes worry about new staff members, “What if I spend a lot of time and money training them and then they leave?” What if you don’t train them and they stay?  …There are three possible outcomes to adding technology to the office only one of […]

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Paperless Mistakes

August 5, 2014

One of the common mistakes dentists make with electronic charting is that they only go part way. Sometimes we miss the obvious, it is the old “can’t see the forest for the trees” In this case the trees are the individual processes that can be used to create digital information. The forest is the paperless […]

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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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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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Splitting a Primary Insurance Claim

October 3, 2013

Dentrix Tip  At times, insurance carriers will send a partial payment for an insurance claim. You can post the partial payment while still keeping track of the unpaid procedures by splitting the claim. Once the original claim is split into two or more separate claims, you still have all the reports and options available with […]

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DentrixDoesIt – YouTube

September 12, 2013

A great video training resource for Dentrix uses: DentrixDoesIt – YouTube.

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Uninformed, Clueless or Frightened?

November 8, 2012

Implementing new dental software technology in the dental office involves a lot more than just chosing, buying and installing some tech gizmo. In fact just choosing the right gizmo is fraught with change and knowledge issues let alone using it effectively. The following is adapted from Seth Godin. When faced with change or even just making a […]

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Anti-Buzz: Peanut Butter Sandwich

May 29, 2012

The Buzz: You wish that product X did Y The Anti-Buzz: I wish I had a peanut butter sandwich, too. What? This week I share with you one of the common teaching metaphors in computer programming: The peanut butter sandwich.  All of us, myself included, are consumers of computing technology, and so have a lot […]

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Dentrix G5 Shipping

February 3, 2012

Dentrix has started shipping their newest version G5 to a limited number of users. The “Official” release is scheduled for the Hinman meeting in Atlanta March 22-24. However by starting now with limited numbers they can ensure tech support for users installing the new version and catch and fix any unforeseen bugs before general distribution. […]

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Electronic Dental Record (EDR)

January 2, 2012

At a very basic level an EDR is simply a digital or electronic dental chart. That is, all the information or data that we used to create using paper is instead created in a digital format and stored as an electronic record. This includes charting, treatment planning, procedure notes, medical histories, lab slips, lab results, […]

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Basic Paperless Records Questions

September 14, 2011

Lorne Lavine has worked with over 1800 dental practices helping them choose and set up good technology systems. Here are five questions he suggests you ask your Practice Management Software Provider. What training options are available for the software? How do you handle data conversions? What are your support hours and how many support people […]

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3dMD Software

August 13, 2011

3dMD’s packaged hardware and software solutions are designed to provide valuable information that help dental specialists and surgeons make the best decision for patient treatment. via 3dMD Home Page.

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Microsoft Pushes for Demise of XP

July 13, 2011

 According to the linked article Microsoft has announced that users have 1000 days until the company stops supporting XP. I know many dentists still using XP, in large part because “Vista” the OS between XP and 7 had a less than stellar reputation. Never fear, 1000 days is close to three years and you should replace […]

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Adopt vs. adapt

June 25, 2011

More thoughtful thoughts from Seth Godin. We certainly see this with the adoption of technology in dentistry. I have come to believe the success of new technology in a dental office has far more to do with the mindset of the dentist and staff than the actual technology. Successful early adopters see glitches as minor […]

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Integration vs. Bridging

June 21, 2011

All the patient information: chart notes, radiographs, probings, correspondence, photographs and all the rest should be linked to the patient chart. This can be accomplished in two ways; integration or bridging. Integration: If the data and radiographs are integrated as part of the digital patient record that usually means that the radiographic application is made […]

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e-Service, Eligibility

June 10, 2011

I find that the majority of dentists under utilize e-services. For the most part I believe this is simply because they are not aware of the service and how easy it is to use. As a general rule an e-service is online, uses digital information and is automatic. That is once you set up the service […]

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