Vancouver, Longview dental offices hit by malware

by Larry Emmott on July 22, 2019

in Security

From The Columbian:

Widespread malicious software attacks locking up computer systems have forced some local dental offices to cancel or reschedule appointments over the last week.

The July 3 attacks affected customers of PM Consultants, a Portland-area IT consulting and support company, including Lower Columbia Oral Health. Arbor Dental in Longview and Vancouver and Longview Family Dental also were cyberattacked, but it was unknown if they are PM customers.

Source: Vancouver, Longview dental offices hit by malware | The Columbian

If I am reading this right it seems the dental offices were infected with ransomware through their IT support company. The article is nor very clear and the affected parties have not responded.

Ransomware continues to be a major problem for healthcare facilities. One reason, as may be the case here, is that healthcare facilities have insufficient IT support.

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From ADA News:

Dentists can experience firsthand how to integrate digital technology into their practices as part of the Digital Workflow Experience at the ADA FDI World Dental Congress this September in San Francisco.

Source: Digital Workflow Experience takes dentists through ‘office of now’

I was intrigued by the title “Digital Workflow Experience” as that has become a major interest of mine. However the FDI exhibit is focused on clinical procedures such as digital impressions. That is fine however I see digital workflow as more a function of the business side of the office.

Nevertheless if you are going to FDI in September check it out.

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on July 17, 2019

in Dental Art

“Gumscape” by Nola Avienne.  Ugly?..For sure. Art?…Maybe. Dental?…There are teeth.

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.

Previous “Dental Art” images can be found here on Pinterest.

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From  FiveThirtyEight:

…a pair of computer scientists have announced that they’ve created an artificial intelligence poker player that is stronger than a full table of top human professionals at the most popular form of the game — no-limit Texas Hold ’em.

Source: It’s Hard To Win At Poker Against An Opponent With No Tell | FiveThirtyEight

Hmmm…another step forward for AI. Interesting in that success at poker requires an understanding of “imperfect information”. Why does this matter? AI diagnosis and treatment planning is well on the way. In ten years the profession will be fundamentally changed.

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From Gizmodo:

Anyone who bought ebooks through the Microsoft Store is in for a rude shock in the coming days… All of your books are going to be deleted this month.Microsoft announced in April that it would stop selling ebooks and that any books the company already sold would stop working in early July because the DRM servers were being shut off. Yes, you read that correctly. Those books that you “bought” are going to disappear…

…This entire debacle shows just how ridiculous our current media landscape can be when we’re all purchasing movies, games, and books through companies using DRM. Few people expect the Apple Store to go away anytime soon, but what happens 10 or 20 years from now when a competitor comes along and Apple decides that it’s too expensive to maintain its own servers?

Source: Ebooks Purchased From Microsoft Will Be Deleted This Month Because You Don’t Really Own Anything Anymore

Another instance of the primary issue, “Who owns the data?

When you “purchase” a high tech device you never actually own the software you merely have a license to use it. What happens if you do not maintain the license? What happens if the vendor goes out of business?

You could end up not having access to all your patient and financial data stored on the cloud based system. Would it be OK if the software developer refunded a portion of your fee yet did not allow you access to the data?

You could end up having a useless $100,000 CAD CAM system.

The wonders of the digital age are manifest. However we do not yet have adequate legal and ethical standards to guide us.

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From FierceHealthcare:

Although HIPAA initially required the creation of a health identifier in 1998, Congress overruled the legislation, barring federal agencies from investigating or creating patient identifiers out of privacy concerns.The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) voiced its support for efforts in Congress to repeal an “archaic ban that has stifled innovation and industry progress for nearly two decades.”

Source: House votes to lift ban on federal funding for unique patient identifier | FierceHealthcare

Hmmm. I wish I trusted them more.

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Young adults prefer online health information

July 11, 2019

From Reuters: Young adults may be more likely than older folks to go online to find health information, and less likely to view tobacco products as “very harmful,” according to survey results compiled to inform U.S. Food and Drug Administration Source: Young adults see less harm in tobacco products, prefer online health information – Reuters The […]

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Technology allows researchers to see patients’ real-time pain while in the clinic

July 11, 2019

From University of Michigan News: Wearing special augmented reality glasses (in this case, the Microsoft HoloLens), researchers viewed the subject’s brain activity in real time on a reconstructed brain template, while the subjects sat in the clinical chair. The red and blue dots on the image denote location and level of brain activity, and this “pain […]

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Dental Art

July 10, 2019

“On the Cob” Dental Art from Iowa ??? 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. Previous “Dental Art” images can be found here on Pinterest.

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Demo Video for Meeting Planners

July 9, 2019

Here is a five minute demo for meeting planners looking for a high tech dental speaker.

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New LED Ring Light with Blue tooth hand control for Smart Phones

July 9, 2019

I love this: Dine’s new Smart LED Ring Light properly illuminates the close up subject, turning your smart phone into a dental/medical camera. The LED Ring light provides full shadowless illumination inside the mouth for dental photography,  inside the surgical cavity as well as providing accurate color and illumination for cosmetic/plastic surgery, dermatology and ophthalmology. […]

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UChicago SUED for providing Google with sensitive patient data

July 8, 2019

From Campus Reform: A former University of Chicago medical patient filed a class-action lawsuit against the University of Chicago and Google, claiming that the University of Chicago Medical Center is giving private patient information to the tech giant without patients’ consent. About two years ago, the university medical center partnered with Google with the hope […]

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Happy Forth of July – Independence Day

July 4, 2019
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Dental Art

July 3, 2019

“Panocolor” Water color by Panorex. 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. Previous “Dental Art” images can be found here on Pinterest.

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New bill to plug up HIPAA app gaps

July 2, 2019

From POLITICO: PRIVACY BILL PICKS UP WHAT HIPAA LEAVES OUT—Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are collaborating on a bill that would direct HHS Secretary Alex Azar to come up with regulations for health technology, including for apps, wearables and direct-to-consumer genetic tests. The bill directs HHS to consult with the FTC and the […]

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Speaking the Truth? Not at Best Buy

July 2, 2019

From Katherine Eitel Belt: Then the young Geek said something that tipped the scales for me. “We always tell people that we can look at their computer, but no one will be here to do that until 8:00 in the morning and we already have several on the schedule tomorrow.” So, he had lied then. […]

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Don’t Trust Libra, Facebook’s New Cryptocurrency

June 27, 2019

From The Atlantic: Facebook, one of the world’s most distrusted companies, wants us to trust its new Libra cryptocurrency, which, it hopes, will be used by billions of people around the world. We shouldn’t. Libra will almost exactly replicate all the problems generated by Facebook’s social network. Those problems can in turn be traced to the […]

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FDA grapples with AI medical devices

June 27, 2019

From Roll Call: Imagine a not-too-distant future when medical devices powered by artificial intelligence continuously adapt to new symptoms presented by patients and learn how to make accurate diagnoses much like a well-trained physician would. The Food and Drug Administration is preparing for such a future and weighing how to assess and certify such medical devices, […]

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