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WannaCry Update

May 22, 2017

From Strategy Page: The incident began with the activation of ransomware malware called WannaCry. What made WannaCry so dangerous was that it made use of several capabilities including a hidden (but findable) backdoor program that tried to spread WannaCry to Microsoft Windows computers that had a known vulnerability but were not updated to remove the […]

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Guide to Digital Radiography

June 9, 2016

What is your excuse? Digital Radiography is no longer new; it has been on the market for close to thirty years. If you are not using it you probably have a convincing personal excuse. On the other hand you could compare film x-ray users to a dentist still using a belt driven handpiece in 1995, […]

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Patients Like E-mail

April 11, 2016

Did you know? 58% of consumers start their online day by reading their emails. 76% of dental patients said email is the best way for companies to communicate with them. This is based on a 2008 Sesame Communications research paper. Most likely today even more of your patients prefer e-mail. So the question is…are you […]

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Connected Inside Dental Technology

October 20, 2015

I was interviewed by Pam Johnson for the linked article in IDT Magazine. We discuss online lab communication and interoperability, or more accurately the absence of interoperability in dentistry. In our personal and business lives, we have come to expect fast, reliable connectivity that seamlessly allows us to bank online; remotely control our smart homes […]

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MagnaVu Procedure Scope

June 15, 2015

I always thought this was a great product that should have more industry acceptance. MagnaVu Procedure Scope. The company now has an updated website which includes many more computer and magnifications products. A nice resource.

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Fuzzy no More

May 18, 2015

One of the best things about a digital x-rays is that they are…wait for it…they are…digital! That means we can use diagnostic software to examine and possibly enhance the image and improve our diagnostic efficiency. Most dentists believe that digital radiography is all about the sensor, but when it comes to diagnosis it is all […]

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Get Paged on Your Wrist

February 4, 2015

Doctor Meow – Receive pages directly on your wrist Add privacy to your messages Do not waste time checking boards and post-it notes Remove the noise from your intercom system via DoctorMeow. Doctor Meow is a new service that pushes office pages directly to a Pebble watch on your wrist. No sticky notes, no running […]

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3D Printing for Surgery

February 3, 2015

From NYT: Before he operated on Violet, Dr. Meara wanted a more precise understanding of her bone structure than he could get from an image on a screen. So he asked his colleague Dr. Peter Weinstock to print him a three-dimensional model of Violet’s skull, based on magnetic resonance imaging pictures. New York Times This […]

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Reputational Management

October 27, 2014

If you find that you have some negative malicious reviews online what can you do? Actually it is easier to tell you what not to do. Don’t Sue: As reported in the ADA News Dr. Yvonne Wong decided to file suit when she received a negative review on Yelp which she thought was false and […]

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At the ADA

October 11, 2014

I heard at the ADA meeting that Planmeca was showing a new impression scanner built into the dental unit. The Planmeca system now called PlanScan was the old E4D system. I went looking for it eager to find out more and predisposed to really like it. What a disappointment. The PlanScan instrument uses a USB […]

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Sensors for Dummies

August 26, 2014

A corded sensor has three basic elements. First is a scintillator. When x-rays impact the scintillator it fluoresces, creating a very precise pattern of light. Many, but not all, sensors have an optical fibre. It transmits the light from the scintillator screen to the chip and protects the chip from x-rays. A solid state computer […]

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Why Digital Radiography? More Than You Think

August 6, 2014

Most everyone is aware that a major advantage of digital x-rays is the speed of acquisition. Once the sensor is exposed the image is produced within seconds. This of course saves the time of going to the processor, opening the film packs waiting for the chemical processing then labeling and mounting the films. However there […]

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Dental E-Services Do the Work Without the Workers

June 5, 2014

In case you missed it: Dentalcompare from May 2013. In 1820 it took a man wielding a scythe three days to harvest one acre of grain. In 1860 that same man using a mechanical thresher could harvest twelve acres in a single day. We easily understand that kind of mechanical automation and how it helps […]

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Untangling the Latest HIPAA Requirements – Part II

February 10, 2014

In case you missed it: Part two of my HIPAA series in Dentalcompare. Protecting your patient’s privacy is important. Dentists have an obligation to honor patient confidentiality, and the digital age has made that obligation harder to fulfill. In addition you are expected to comply with the HIPAA privacy rules which have only a vague […]

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The Future of Lab Communications

December 9, 2013

In case you missed it: Dentalcompare article from August. If you have ever bought an airline ticket online or purchased a book from Amazon you have a good idea of what dental lab communications of the future will be like. It won’t be printed forms, scribbled notes and plastic baggies; it will be an Internet […]

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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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Reactivation Equation One Million Dollars

June 24, 2013

In case you missed it. Many dentists spend countless hours and tens of thousands on marketing efforts chasing the elusive new patient while sitting quietly on a fortune. The ADA estimates the average dental practice generates between $700,000 and $1 million worth of incomplete diagnosed treatment per year. From 20 to 30 percent of your […]

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Ontario Dental Association May 2-4

April 22, 2013

I will be presenting two sessions at the Ontario Dental Association Annual Spring Meeting May 2-4 in Toronto. ASM. I am originally from Canada,I was born in Ontario so I am looking forward to “going home”.

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Intraoral Camera and Interoperability

April 5, 2013

Interoperability is the ability of different technologies from different manufacturers to work together. UVC is a tech industry standard for use with streaming video devices like web cams, camcorders and most important for us intraoral video cameras. If a camera is UVC compliant it will plug and play with any standard computer both Windows and […]

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Medicine Is About to Get Cheaper for Regular People

February 28, 2013

From Wired Business: After years of exotic and very expensive machines sequencing DNA, the genomics industry finally looks poised for its cell phone moment. Soon, the business of genetics could look a lot like the commodity-driven mobile industry, with providers selling hardware on the cheap and relying on software, apps and diagnostics to drive revenue. […]

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