From Roll Call:

The health care sector suffered 466 incidents of cyberattacks and 304 instances of confirmed data breach, Verizon found.

…A majority of those incidents and breaches stemmed from “internal actors” or health care employees misusing their user privileges to access databases they should not be accessing, Verizon said in its report.

“Effectively monitoring and flagging unusual and/or inappropriate access to data that is not necessary for valid business use or required for patient care is a matter of real concern” for this industry,

Source: Government and health care sectors had most breaches in 2018

The linked article reinforces what I have found. The majority of data breach incidents in medicine are not hacks but are internal or involve theft of hardware. However ransomware is still a growing problem.

The majority of the article is not medical but discusses government data breaches. These are mostly hacks and are mostly coming from hostile governments not from cyber criminals looking for a profit. It is an interesting and rather chilling read just to see what is happening in the cyber security world.

As an aside it seems government databases are under constant attack and are often breached. We hear little about this. That same government will fine a health care entity millions of dollars if they suffer a similar breach. Hmmm.

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Here is another cloud based practice management system.

CareStack™ is a cloud based platform that combines dental practice management, patient engagement and data analytics.

Source: Cloud Based Dental Practice Management Software | CareStack

They have struck up a deal with Darby, which is good. I looked at the the web site and it is very basic with no screen shots or actual examples of how it works. I saw nothing to recommend it over Dentrix Ascend or Curve.

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From Maxim:

We already know that wine is one of the greatest things in life, but did you know that it could actually keep you from getting sick? Yup, apparently wine is a fantastic disinfectant for bad mouth germs,

Source: Wine Kills Germs That Cause Sore Throats and Dental Plaque, Says Awesome Study – Maxim

Good to know.

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From CNBC:

The device will monitor people’s basic health metrics using ambient sensors, with a focus on whether someone is making frequent trips to the bathroom or spending more time than usual in bed. Comcast is also building tools for detecting falls, which are common and potentially fatal for seniors, the people said.

Source: Comcast working on home health device similar to Amazon Echo

Another telemedicine device.

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on June 12, 2019

in Dental Art

Il Cavadenti (The Dentist) by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo from the mid 1700s. As usual with vintage dental art there is a crowd watching a public display.

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  ZDNet:

But the ultimate Apple accessory, the one that says that money is no object, has to be the new Mac Pro Display XDR monitor stand, priced at a cool $999.

Yes, you read that right. The new Mac Pro — starting price $5,999 — doesn’t come with a display, and the 32-inch 6k Retina Pro Display XDR — starting price $4,999 — that Apple is pitching to Mac Pro users doesn’t come with a stand.

…Yup, the base Mac Pro with a base Pro Display XDR display and the stand will set you back $12,000.

…And remember you can hook up six Pro Display XDR displays to a Mac Pro. With stands, that’s a minimum of $42,000 on peripherals alone.

Source: Apple’s $999 Mac Pro Display XDR monitor stand is the most Apple thing ever | ZDNet

The tech net is buzzing with the news that Apple wants to sell us a $999 monitor stand. Not a monitor but the stand to hold it up. The stand costs more than the newest iPhone. Some people are angry but most are bemused.

There a re a number of die hard Mac fanboy dentists who insist on using Apple and Mac in the dental practice. I understand the feeling. Mac products are elegant and high quality. However you pay dearly for the privilege of using them.

There is an adequate dental software that runs on Mac. However none of the radiography systems, CBCT or 3D scanners are designed for MAC.

A dentist can run a dental office using MAC products however the dentist will need to spend significantly more on hardware than a dentist using Windows systems.

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Risky Business

June 11, 2019

From Solarwinds

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Get Rid Of A Website That Doesn’t Make You Money

June 10, 2019

From Patient News Blog: Is your current dental marketing provider tweaking your live website on an ongoing basis to create a better user experience? Are they tracking the behaviour of users and making educated design decisions to make it easier for your patients and prospects to engage with you? After the home page entry point […]

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Tell Ten?

June 7, 2019

Remember the old saying, a satisfied customer will tell two or three people, but a dissatisfied one will tell 8 or 10?  Clearly it was written before Facebook and Twitter.

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Dental Practice Success

June 6, 2019

A nice resource from the ADA. Dental Practice Success is a quarterly magazine-style publication that brings together well-known dental practice management counselors who serve up the best advice on a wide range of topics. Source: Dental Practice Success

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Digital Workflow 1100% Better

June 6, 2019

Digital Workflow starts with paperless charts however to be truly effective, save time and money the next step is to use e-services to do routine daily tasks like calling to confirm or taking payments. Paper workflow takes eleven times more time than digital workflow. Does that mean one person could do the job of eleven? […]

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Dental Art

June 5, 2019

“Apthous Ulcer” My notes on this are Lizzy Lunday. This image is similar to her usual work but much more representative. Nevertheless it is a bizarre subject rendered in a uncomfortable manner – looking up her nostrils. Is she showing us a sore on her lip or her lower teeth? Dental art is anything that […]

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HHS guidance clarifies HIPAA liability with use of 3rd-party health apps

June 4, 2019

From FierceHealthcare: The Trump administration is pushing the healthcare industry to be a part of the smartphone economy, but there has been some confusion about whether healthcare providers and their health IT vendors would be held accountable for how patients use their health data. To address this, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of […]

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Texas Lawmakers Include Payment Parity in Medicaid Telehealth Bill

June 3, 2019

Legislators in Texas are moving forward with a bill that would, if passed, revise several of the state’s laws governing Medicaid coverage for telehealth and telemedicine and mandate payment parity. Source: Texas Lawmakers Include Payment Parity in Medicaid Telehealth Bill Good

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Use a computer to do what a computer is good at use people to do what people are good at

May 31, 2019

Things computers do well. Computers are really good at math. Computers are great at remembering every little detail you tell it. However computers don’t remember things you don’t tell it. Computers know that 1,000,000,000,001 is not the same as 1,000,000,000,002. Computers don’t mind doing the same thing over and over and over. Things computers do […]

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Study tests imaging modalities’ accuracy on root canal anatomy

May 30, 2019

Cone-beam CT (CBCT) performed better than periapical radiography in detecting the apical delta in more than 100 premolars, but both modalities fell short compared with the gold standard of microcomputed tomography (micro-CT), t Source: Study tests imaging modalities’ accuracy on root canal anatomy

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Dental Art

May 29, 2019

“Bite the Hand” Is this jewelry? Not sure if it is art, but it is dental and it is interesting. From Krasnodar in Russia. 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 […]

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GAO: Telehealth Changes to MA Plans Will Save Roughly $500 Million

May 28, 2019

The US Government Accountability Office estimates that changes to Medicare Advantage plans to promote more telehealth and telemedicine use will save enrollees more than $500 million, Source: GAO: Telehealth Changes to MA Plans Will Save Roughly $500 Million Telemedicine and by extension teledentistry will irrevocably change future healthcare for the better. The so called healthcare […]

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What is the Front Desk???

May 28, 2019

What do we really mean by “front desk”? It seems obvious but in reality the front desk is a place and a person, and most significantly a business system. The front desk is where all the business or administration of the practice takes place. The front desk is the Data Center of the practice. When […]

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Memorial Day – Thank You

May 27, 2019
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