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The Hinman Dental Society

September 22, 2017

I will be presenting next year at the wonderful Hinman Meeting in Atlanta. The High Tech Paperless Office 3/22/2018, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM Speaker(s): Lawrence Emmott Keyword(s): CommunicationDental AssistingPractice ManagementTechnology Google Juice for Dentists 3/22/2018, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM Speaker(s): Lawrence Emmott Keyword(s): CommunicationPractice ManagementSocial MediaTechnology Digital Workflow – Beyond Paperless 3/23/2018, 8:30 […]

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Stop Making Paper

August 29, 2017

Once the system to create a digital patient record is in place, you simply stop making paper. Everything new is electronic; everything from the past is paper. 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 […]

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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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Guide to Paperless Records

August 21, 2017

Most likely you already have everything you need to go paperless. Stop putting it off, going paperless can save you tens of thousands of dollars. Buy the book, take the first step. My comprehensive technology guide, “How to go paperless in the dental office” will answer the basic question…Why bother?  It then provides step by […]

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Help Going “Paperless”

June 15, 2017

You probably have everything you need to go “paperless” except the knowledge of where to start and what to do next. Stop putting it off, going paperless can save you tens of thousands of dollars. Buy the book, take the first step. My comprehensive technology guide, “How to go paperless in the dental office” will […]

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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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Electronic Dental Record guidance from the ADA

March 27, 2017

From ADA News: The committee earlier this year published ADA Technical Report No. 1030, Dental Provider’s Guide to the Electronic Dental Record, which discusses key concepts of the Electronic Dental Record and provides guidance on implementing an Electronic Dental Record system into dental offices. Source: Electronic Dental Record concepts, guidance for use laid out in […]

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HIPAA Documentation and Data Safety

March 24, 2017

Compliance IQ Webinar March 29 We will start with some basic technology concepts that will help you understand and use all technology more effectively. We will then show you how to create electronic records that are fast, easy to use, easy to read and will protect you from litigation. Once you have electronic digital records, […]

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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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The Cost of Paper Records

March 7, 2017

A few people still maintain that old fashioned paper records are less expensive than digital paperless records. But that is simply not true. Paper charts don’t just appear in the office for free. The paper folder and all the other papers cost about $4.40 each. If you have 3000 charts they cost you at least […]

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Paperless Thoughts

November 14, 2016

Dead tree (paper) data can only be in one place at a time. There is only one paper appointment book, only one paper chart, only one film radiograph. As a result if one of the pieces is missing, say the chart is in the back (or just lost in a stack on the doctor’s desk) […]

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Training Training Training

October 6, 2016

A critical step in developing a successful paperless record (or any new technology system) is training. Every team member, including the dentist, must understand and use the computers. You will never get full value from your technology investment without training. One of the major technology mistakes dentists often make is to take off and go golfing […]

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Digital Patient Photos

September 27, 2016

Having a full set of patient images is a huge benefit for treatment planning, actual patient treatment, continuing care and dental-legal documentation. With film, taking processing and storing images was such a time consuming expensive and tedious task we never did it. With digital photography it is fast inexpensive and easy. Every dentist should have […]

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Guide to “Going Paperless”

August 19, 2016

2016 is the year to “Go Paperless” Stop putting it off, going paperless can save you tens of thousands of dollars. Make it your goal – paperless in 2016. My comprehensive technology guide, “How to go paperless in the dental office” will answer the basic question…Why bother?  It then provides step by step help in setting […]

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“Paperless” Mistake

June 21, 2016

One of the common mistakes dentists make with electronic charting is that they only go part way. For example: The office may 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 […]

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Expert Business Strategies

May 5, 2016

From the ADA “Expert Business Strategies”   I contributed a chapter on Paperless Records. I am honored to be included along with Cathy Jameson, Rita Zamora, Roger Levin, Susan Gunn and others. Order Here:

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Paperless Horses or Faster Charts?

May 4, 2016

One of my favorite tech sayings from Seth Godin; A car is not merely a faster horse. Why I like it so much is that it is simple, we can all “get it” instantly at a basic level and yet there is a lot more there than the obvious surface idea. For example, I sometimes […]

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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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Jakari Care – Going Paperless

February 9, 2016

A new resource: Intelligent tablet-based system issued to patients in the waiting room and used to collect, summarize and highlight important patient information for providers. Source: Jakari Care – More time for great care. I have looked at many of these kinds of products or services and in my opinion this is by far the best. […]

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Paper Charts are NOT Free

January 27, 2016

Paper charts don’t just appear in the office for free. The paper folder and all the other papers cost about $2.50 each. If you have 2500 charts they cost you at least $6,250 to create and every time a new patient walks in it’s another two-fifty; cha-ching. Other chart contents, like x-rays and photographs can […]

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