AADP March 6-9, 2019

by Larry Emmott on February 22, 2019

in Dental Speaker,Management

Information and registration here.

This is one of the best meetings in dentistry!

There is still time to register. I will be moderating a panel on social media and online marketing.

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From ADA News:

Washington — The ADA is asking the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights to incorporate flexibility and keep processes simple to help dental offices remain HIPAA compliant.

Source: ADA comments on agency’s request to modify HIPAA rules

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From Sesame Communications:

Welcome to the age of personalized search! Over the past few years Google has been feverishly updating their search technology to create a more custom and rich user experience for local business owners and their customers. While these changes make it easier for customers to find local, relevant businesses they love, it makes it a bit harder for business owners to understand where they rank in search results for individual users.

Source: How Personalized Search Results Impact Rankings – Dental Marketing & Practice Management | Sesame Communications

Two people sitting next to each other can type in the exact same search terms (for example “dentist”) and get completely different results.

As you must know by now Google collects massive amounts of information about you as you use it and other online services. Google then customizes search results just for you. That is good (but also creepy) as it helps you get better results. However as a dentist looking to be found on Google it makes the task that much harder. There is simply no way an SEO company can assure you will be a top result as there is no way to finesse customized results for a common search term like “dentist”.

What you can do is maximize results for a search for your name. Sixty percent (or more) of people looking for a dentist still start with a personal referral. They do not type in “dentist” they type in your name. Even more important is to claim and populate your Google Business page.

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on February 20, 2019

in Dental Art

“Silver Pearls” I wish I knew more about this. My notes say Esther Regnet, but I can not find out anything more. I especially like the detail of the lips and the subtle shades of the teeth as well as the reflections in the pearls.

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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Digital Workflow – Beyond Paperless

by Larry Emmott on February 19, 2019

in e-Services,Management,Paperless

If a dental team member believes his/her job is pulling charts, filling out forms and calling patients then she/he is stuck in the past doing a job that has (or at should have) ceased to exist. Technology in the form of management software, online e-services and even smart phone aps will do most of the daily practice management tasks people used to slog through every day. Not only will technology do the job it will save the practice thousands of dollars.

Technology used well has a huge ROI, Technology used poorly is a money pit.

The most valuable dental team member now and in the future will be the person who knows how to use and integrate all the technology to do these tasks. Technology should not be the extra we add to our business and clinical functions it should be the core of all off them. The person who masters these technologies will be the practice technologist. I repeat, the most valuable person in the office is the practice technologist.

Here are a few of the tasks that dental staff used to do that should now be done with software and e-services: Phone reminders, taking payments, pulling charts, re-activation, writing chart notes, checking eligibility, patient forms and data entry.

In order to accomplish all this and get a great ROI the office needs four things:

  1. Digital (paperless) records
  2. A web page with Internet access
  3. Intraoperative software and e-services
  4. Most important, people who know how to use it all, a practice technologist
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From  The Dentrix Office Manager Blog: :

For a patient to be able to fill out and submit forms before they arrive in the office is very beneficial. This can help to eliminate surprises before the patient arrives, for example if the patient has a medical condition and has a need to pre-medicate. Having patients fill out the forms ahead of time can also help your schedule to run on time. All it takes is having one patient who is slow to fill out their forms while in the waiting room, to cause the whole schedule to run behind for the rest of the day!

Source:  The Dentrix Office Manager Blog: How Dentrix Questionnaires can Streamline Patient Paperwork

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In Theory

February 15, 2019

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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Looking for Love?

February 14, 2019

Today is the Day. If you are still looking for your special Valentine be sure your teeth are lookin’ good. According to a Match.com survey both men and women rank teeth as the most important factor they consider when looking for a partner. Ten things on which men judge women most: 1. Teeth-58 percent. Ten […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2019
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Dental Art

February 13, 2019

“Molar Cupcakes” Happy Valentine’s Day. Food art is pretty low on the fine art hierarchy, never the less the these are creative, they are dental and they are appropriate for Valentine’s day. Especially with the red paper. Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have […]

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“Good” Charting Software

February 12, 2019

Good charting software has many features. One of the most important is that it eliminates all paper. That means the software must accommodate all the bits of paper data that accumulate in a chart and it must have a method of importing virtually anything either with a scanner or file import function. If some bit of paper […]

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Do You Know Your Rate of Returning Dental Patients?

February 11, 2019

From TNT Dental One of his primary components: pay-per-click advertising and a special offer of a “free exam and x-ray” to attract patients…and it worked! The problem came when he opened the books and realized that only 21% of those patients ever returned to his practice. Source: Do You Know Your Rate of Returning Dental […]

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New Bike

February 8, 2019

Salsa Cutthroat. A gravel bike…all the cool kids are getting one.

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Google+ accounts and pages will be shut down April 2nd

February 7, 2019

From Boing Boing: In a blog post and related support page that went live today, Google explained how the shutdown will unfold, and the important part for most ‘consumer’ users is this: they’re gonna delete all your posts, photos, videos, and comments, starting on April 2. Source: Google+ accounts and pages will be shut down April […]

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Dental Art

February 6, 2019

Random find on Pinterest. I know nothing about it except I like it. 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 […]

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SurfCT Launches of Surf Robotics – bringing Artificial Intelligence & Robotics to Dentistry

February 5, 2019

From Digital Journal: At various dental offices throughout the world where Pepper is being deployed by Surf Robotics and welcomed as a dental team member, the nearly four-foot tall robot – with green and blue eyes that has a computer tablet connected to its stomach – waits at the front desk to greet patients. Pepper […]

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Santech

February 4, 2019
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AADP March 6-9

February 1, 2019

One of the BEST Meetings in Dentistry. I will be moderating a panel on Digital Online Services.

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Amazon push into health data analytics inspires awe — and skepticism

January 31, 2019

From POLITICO: The computer learned to perform data-collating tasks that might take a trained clinician hours or days to do in a matter of seconds, and “time is what we’re struggling with in cancer research,” Source: Amazon push into health data analytics inspires awe — and skepticism – POLITICO This is amazing!! For details follow the […]

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Dental Art

January 30, 2019

“Incisal Bracelet” Notice the top section has maxillary teeth and the bottom is mandibular. 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 […]

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