Electronic Signature Pads

by Larry Emmott on August 20, 2019

in Hardware,Paperless

Follow the link to a direct source for a number of different electronic signature devices. These can be used for patient signatures on history, consent and HIPAA forms as well as for Dr. and staff sign off on chart entries.

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Dentrix Training Workshop Scottsdale, AZ

by Larry Emmott on August 19, 2019

in Management,Software

Empower your team and increase your office profitability with hands-on Dentrix training workshops. Get away from the distractions of the office and join one of our small hands-on classes for a focused learning opportunity August 23rd in Scottsdale.

Introduction To Dentrix is a great course for new team members, those new to the dental field, or for those individuals proficient in a different software. This course will help you become familiar with the essential Dentrix features that will help you work more effectively in the practice. 8:00am-10:00am  $99

Treatment Planning & Case Presentation is an excellent course for any position in the office entering or presenting treatment plans. Learn how to create, customize, present and manage patient treatment plans for improved education, case acceptance and documentation. We will cover ordering cases, alternate case options, referring cases, clinical notes and consents.10:00 am-11:30am $79

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From WSJ:

Wearable blood-sugar monitors deliver round-the-clock glucose readings—and relief from the daily grind of finger-stick blood testsB

Diabetes patients are increasingly using electronic skin patches and their phones, instead of pricking their fingers, to do the complex job of managing a disease that affects more than 30 million Americans.

Source: For Many Diabetes Patients, Skin Patches and Phones Are Replacing Finger Pricks – WSJ

The so called healthcare crisis is not a crisis in care it is a crisis in affordability. This is exactly the way technology will reduce costs and solve the crisis.

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Southwest Dental Conference

by Larry Emmott on August 15, 2019

in Dental Speaker

I will be presenting two sessions in Dallas October 10

Source: Southwest Dental Conference

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From Study Finds:

Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley say their findings show the regulations written within the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 may be outdated and are incapable of keeping Americans’ health data safe and private with the progress made by AI developers…

…They say that AI can now use data collected by fitness trackers, smartphones, smartwatches, and other devices that track movement to identify citizens by learning their daily step patterns and correlating it to demographic data.

Source: Study: Advances In Artificial Intelligence Threaten Safety, Privacy Of Our Health Data – Study Finds

I am a HUGE fan of AI in medicine. The potential for good, improving the human condition is incredible. However as the linked article indicates there is also great potential for misuse. Sadly this is an issue with every new innovation. The potential for misuse does not mean we do not move forward and attempt to make things better. Nevertheless it is wise to be aware of potential abuses and do what can be done to avoid them.

As to HIPAA it was first enacted in 1996 however the most recent update was put into effect in 2013. So it is not that out of date. Having said that technology is progressing at such a rate regulators are constantly playing catch up.

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on August 14, 2019

in Dental Art

“Scaler” Photo by Adrian Jebara

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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Five Step Web Check

August 13, 2019

Phone number and address on the front page Have your phone number and address in easy to read format in the upper right-hand corner of every page. Many if not most of the people who visit your page (including existing patients) want to give you a call. Make it easy for them. Google by name […]

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New Medicare initiative aims to fill holes in patient health records

August 12, 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday unveiled a new initiative that aims to connect the dots between a patient’s health records held by different providers. The Data at the Point of Care, or DPC, demonstration seeks to bridge the data gap by connecting Medicare’s Blue Button — a tool that allows Medicare […]

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What Makes a Good Review – And a Good Review System?

August 8, 2019

A Guest blog from David Evans of Ceatus Media Group. The opinions expressed are from David Evans not Dr. Larry Emmott. However I believe it is valuable for dentists to get various takes on technology issues in order to make good technology choices. ——————————————————————————————- Reviews now can make or break a dental practice. Negative reviews […]

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Dental Art

August 7, 2019

“Photo Op” Sensodyne seems to be sponsoring this, the sign says “Come and have a photo with the Giant Molar”. I can’t help but notice the absolutely abominable dental anatomy. The “artist” obviously did not use an actual molar as a model. Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or […]

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Artificial Intelligence Better At Diagnosing Skin Cancer Than Dermatologists

August 6, 2019

From Study Finds: …an artificial intelligence program trained to identify and diagnose skin cancer in humans proved to show greater accuracy when pitted against dermatologists. Researchers from the U.S., Germany, and France used an AI system called the Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) to detect skin cancer by showing it more than 100,000 images of malignant melanomas […]

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Healthcare breaches reported in May exposed data on 2 million people

August 1, 2019

From Modern Healthcare: Nearly 2 million people had data exposed in healthcare breaches reported to the federal government last month, more than double the number whose data was exposed in April-reported incidents.But May had fewer breaches reported than April, which marked the highest number of healthcare breaches reported in a single month since HHS’ Office […]

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Dental Art

July 31, 2019

“Endo Prayer” An obvious take off on the famous Albrecht Duerer etching. There is an artist’s signature, sadly I can not read 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 […]

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Alexa and HIPAA

July 30, 2019

From Los Angeles Times: She told me the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, aka HIPAA, the federal medical-privacy law passed in 1996, never anticipated a scenario in which people would willingly disclose confidential medical information to a private company via a voice-activated computer in their living room. “HIPAA doesn’t apply to Amazon in this situation,” […]

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Can AI solve the GREAT Dentist’s Dilemma?

July 29, 2019

From WSJ: (To read the full article you need a WSJ subscription) Companies that provide business support to dentists are starting to use artificial intelligence to analyze X-ray images and automate certain steps in common procedures, pointing to the technology’s cost-cutting potential. Source: AI Can Lead to Lower Dentist Bills – WSJ This is still preliminary, […]

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HIPAA Compliant Email | PBHS SecureMail | Secure Email Service | HIPAA Compliant Email for Dental & Healthcare Providers

July 25, 2019

Endorsed by ADA Member Advantage: PBHS offers a HIPAA compliant email solution for dental & healthcare organizations to send secure messages that comply with HIPAA. Call ☎ 855-932-4232. Source: HIPAA Compliant Email | PBHS SecureMail | Secure Email Service | HIPAA Compliant Email for Dental & Healthcare Providers Secure Drop™ is a drag and drop, […]

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Dental Art

July 24, 2019

“Yellow Gums” This looks like a photoshop type of image. Not sure how it was made but I like the colors. 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 […]

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Blink & You’ll Miss It: AI Solves Rubik’s Cube – In A Fraction Of A Second!

July 23, 2019

From Study Finds: Now, researchers from the University of California have created an extraordinary artificial intelligence system capable of solving the Rubik’s Cube — in a fraction of a second. Source: Blink & You’ll Miss It: AI Solves Rubik’s Cube – In A Fraction Of A Second! – Study Finds Another amazing AI story. Not only […]

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Vancouver, Longview dental offices hit by malware

July 22, 2019

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 […]

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Digital Workflow Experience takes dentists through ‘office of now’

July 18, 2019

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 […]

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