Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on September 23, 2020

in Dental Art

“Teeth in the Clouds” Interesting Quapdiptych with molar shaped clouds by Carl Mefford. You can get a print for the office here.

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 McKinsey:

As more healthcare companies start to implement automation technologies, the ability to coordinate across the organization in achieving scale will be a major determinant of success.

Source: Making healthcare more affordable through scalable automation | McKinsey

Another thoughtful analysis from McKinsey. The linked article looks at many business sectors, not just medicine/dentistry and analyses how much of each business is liable to become automated. Healthcare is not high on the list, nevertheless there are a great many tasks we do in the dental office which can be automated and or done from home via telecommuting.

As I have said many times the health care crisis is not really a crisis in care it is a crisis in affordability. Anything which reducers costs while maintaining or even improving the quality of care will help relieve the crisis.

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Working from Home in Dentistry

by Larry Emmott on September 21, 2020

in Internet,Management

Dental office jobs that could be done from home via telecommuting;

Answer the phones, and do everything else that follows after you answer:

Update charts including health histories based on patient filling in online forms.

Send insurance claims

Send statements

Enter payments

Pay bills

Order Supplies

Run reports

Manage recall

Manage e-services

I am sure there are others. Any job that does not require touching a patient could be done via computer telecommuting from home. This includes most of the front office administrative jobs and many of the management and patient documentation jobs the dentist needs to do. For example a dentist could easily develop a treatment plan from home using management charting software, digital radiographs and photos.

The pandemic has forced us to re consider how we do business and has undoubtedly accelerated the move to online work from home in all businesses including dentistry.

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on September 16, 2020

in Dental Art

“Look Mom” A Mad Magazine spoof on the Norman Rockwell “No Cavities”  Crest paintings featured last week.

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 GoDaddy Blog:

Online customer reviews have emerged as one of the most important digital marketing tools, especially for small businesses that want to compete with much larger corporations. The best part is, your company does not have to do much of the work except encourage customers to leave their favorable impressions about your business on one or more of the leading customer review sites.

If you still aren’t convinced that online customer reviews matter for promoting your products and services, let’s look at a few statistics to seal the case for receiving online customer reviews.

  • More than 95 percent of consumers read at least one customer review for a local business.
  • Around 90 percent of consumers use online reviews to make buying decisions.97% of consumers read the responses businesses leave to customer reviews.
  • The minimum star rating on a scale of one to five a typical consumer accepts for a business is 3.3.
  • 67% of consumers leave a review after asked to by a business.

Source: How to get more Google customer reviews – GoDaddy Blog

Click through for a very good outline of why you want and how to get Google reviews. Just as importantly the authors give examples of what NOT to do. For example do not try and shame or argue with negative reviewers and do not try and buy positive reviews. Google hates that.

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Online safety has become an increasingly important topic in our ever-changing digital world, but people who work from home need to be especially vigilant in taking digital security seriously. Not taking necessary precautions could not only slow down your productivity, it could also have major business ramifications. Our guide explains everything you need to know about online safety when you work from home.

Source: Important Online Safety Tips for Employees Who Work from Home – Work-from-Home Depot

A very good list of security tips everyone needs to know. I would add use a VPN for all work from home activites.

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Never Forget

September 11, 2020
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How to Clean Up Your Social Media Accounts Without Deleting Them

September 10, 2020

From Gizmodo: Good to know There are many reasons to avoid wanting a social media digital paper trail of your entire life. Maybe there are posts there you think your new employer won’t like, or that your new partner’s parents won’t like, or even ones that you don’t believe in anymore. But wiping the slate […]

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Dental Art

September 9, 2020

“No Cavities!” A series of commercial images painted by American treasure Norman Rockwell. Part of a series of ads for Crest. There are a number of others. 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 […]

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 The Dentrix Office Manager Blog

September 8, 2020

A GREAT resource for Dentrix Users. Source:  The Dentrix Office Manager Blog

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Here’s How Much Your Personal Information Is Selling for on the Dark Web

September 7, 2020

From Experian:  Thank you to Danny Bobrow for the link. Here are the 10 most common pieces of information sold on the dark web and the general range of what they’re worth—or rather can sell for: Source: Here’s How Much Your Personal Information Is Selling for on the Dark Web – Experian You can see there […]

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‘Sensei’ Name Introduced as New Brand Identity for Care Management Platform

September 7, 2020

Carestream Dental has rebranded “Care Management Platform” as Sensei Cloud. Sensei Cloud combines powerful imaging, practice management, clinical workflows and intuitive design into one platform that offers anytime, anywhere access. Source: PRESS RELEASE: ‘Sensei’ Name Introduced as New Brand Identity for Care Management Platform

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Medical Terms for the Layman

September 4, 2020

Artery The Study of Fine Paintings Barium What you do when CPR fails Cesarean Section A district in Rome Colic A sheep dog Coma A punctuation mark Congenital Friendly Dilate To live long Fester Quicker G.I. Series Baseball games between teams of soldiers Grippe A suitcase Hangnail A coat hook Medical Staff A doctor’s cane […]

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Can your recall reminder system do this? 

September 3, 2020

Fill last-minute appointments with rapid waitlist messaging…automatically remind patients to pre-register, sign consents, pre-medicate and follow pre and post op care instructions. From PBHS The above is a direct quote from a PBHS ad. I have not used that system and have not talked with anyone who has so I am not necessarily recommending it. […]

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Sally McKenzie, 1951-2020

September 2, 2020

Sally McKenzie, the Founder of McKenzie Management and a leader in the nation’s dental practice management field, passed away unexpectedly on September 1 at her home in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Source: Sally McKenzie, 1951-2020 | The New Dentist She was a remarkable woman in many ways. RIP

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Dental Art

September 2, 2020

“Pierced Incisor”  Really? 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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Up to 90% of People Testing Positive for Covid-19 Are NOT Infectious

September 1, 2020

From NYT: This is VERY GOOD News Some of the nation’s leading public health experts are raising a new concern in the endless debate over coronavirus testing in the United States: The standard tests are diagnosing huge numbers of people who may be carrying relatively insignificant amounts of the virus. Most of these people are […]

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Too Many Goals = No Goals at All

September 1, 2020

From Marcus Buckingham: If you overwhelm your people with tons of goals, or many sub-goals, you run the risk of them trying to do everything in a superficial or inadequate way. Instead, try to create total clarity around a few — probably 4-6 a quarter is about right. What is true about goals in general is also […]

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Selling your time

August 31, 2020

More wisdom from Seth Godin: We don’t pay surgeons by the hour…When you sell your time, you’re giving away your ability to be a thoughtful, productivity-improving professional. Source: Selling your time | Seth’s Blog This is sooo applicable to dentistry. Have you ever had a patient complain that you charged a goodly fee for something […]

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Tons of news apps caught unnecessarily snooping on iPhone clipboard

August 27, 2020

From Input: It turns out TikTok isn’t the only app that’s snooping through your iPhone’s clipboard (that’s everything you copy and paste). ArsTechnica has discovered over 50 other iOS apps that also unnecessarily read an iOS user’s clipboard, which could include passwords and other private data such as two-factor authentication codes, cryptocurrency wallet addresses, and […]

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