Those of us who grew up in the last half of the 20th century know that we haven’t always been so spoiled. In fact, plenty of technology that we grew up with has become obsolete and foreign to younger generations.

Source: 10 Technological Marvels from the 20th Century that Today’s Kids Don’t Know What to Do With | Lifestyle

An alternative headline could be:

Ten Technologies made Obsolete by Smart Phones and the Internet

In addition to being fun clickbait this article actually illustrates one of my suggestions for dentists looking to implement new technology. Rather than try and guess “The Next Big Thing” that will allow you to do something completely new instead ask “What will I never do again?”

For example when I first looked at the Internet I did not think to myself, “I will never read a paper newspaper again.” yet that is what has happened. If you were deciding where to invest your marketing budget would you buy a newspaper ad or invest in a Google business page?

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Henry Schein One

by Larry Emmott on September 20, 2018

in Future Tech,General,Hardware,Internet,Management

 

“With the creation of Henry Schein One, we have advanced our dental business strategy by bringing together the leaders in dental software and web-based applications to build a powerful new engine that will enable dental professionals to be more efficient and to enhance their ability to deliver high-quality care to patients,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Schein, Inc.

Source: Henry Schein One

I like this and hope it works as well as planned.

Henry Schein One is essentially two things. It is a reorganization and branding of core Schein technology systems, most notably Dentrix and the other tech products. And it is a joint venture with well established online services to improve the patient experience.

What I like the best is the intention of opening the systems to more interoperability. I hope that is what actually happens.

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on September 19, 2018

in Dental Art

“Turn This Way” It is a painting and it is dental. I don’t have real info including the title or artist. I do have the name David Kebel in my notes but do not know if he is the painter or what. This demonstrates one of my pet peeves with “stock” dental images. No dentist ever put instruments in someones mouth like this…there is no rest (fulcrum) the instruments are just waving in the breeze.

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 CNBC:

There are many broken things about the U.S. health care system. But one of the biggest and most overlooked problems is that patients still find it too hard to share their medical information between doctors, especially those working in different hospitals.

Source: Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft and others make health data pledge

This is the primary issue of interoperability or more accurately the lack of interoperability I have been ranting about for years. (more)

Having the attention of the big tech giants has to be a good thing. However the issues in medicine are so complex and the existing systems so entrenched I fear it will be quite some time until we see general interoperability in medicine and dentistry.

Sadly with this issue dentistry is somewhat hostage to medicine. In dentistry we have had functional e-records for years, However they do not necessarily comply with federal EHR mandates.  The EHR mandates are extremely complex, designed by bureaucrats not practicing physicians and they are driving many physicians nuts.

Three areas I would love to see interoperability are digital patient records, digital radiographs and digital impressions.

Related from WSJ:

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What is XaaS (Anything as a Service)?

by Larry Emmott on September 18, 2018

in Hardware,Internet,Management

XaaS is a general, collective term that refers to the delivery of anything as a service. It recognizes the vast number of products, tools and technologies that vendors now deliver to users as a service over a network — typically the internet — rather than provide locally or on-site within an enterprise.

Examples of XaaS

There are countless examples of XaaS, but the most common encompass the three general cloud computing models: Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

Source: What is XaaS (Anything as a Service)? – Definition from WhatIs.com

The XaaS coming to dentistry is hardware.

Dentists don’t really want or need to own computers which must be replaced every three years. What the dentist wants is the result. That is a functioning hassle free office. Rather than buy a bunch of computers and cables and printers then pay an IT expert to set it up and maintain it the dentist simply pays a monthly fee and the hardware as a service provides all the equipment, keeps it running and  – this is the big difference – upgrades and replaces it as part of the service. As long as the dentist pays the monthly fee the dentist has the hardware and a functioning network.

In the old ownership model if a server breaks the dentist is responsible for getting it repaired or replaced. In the new XaaS model the service provider is responsible.

Dentists are already using a number of software as a service options (SaaS). The most common is a reminder e-service. The dentist does not buy and install the software. The software is installed and runs on the cloud. The dentist simply rents the result. Other SaaS options are cloud management systems like Curve or Dentrix Ascend.

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Tab 32 – Cloud Dental Software

by Larry Emmott on September 17, 2018

in Internet,Software

Our full-featured EHR has a simple, intuitive interface that makes navigating through your day a breeze. It’s fast, free, and easy to sign up.

Source: Dental EHR | Cloud Dental Software

Another cloud based dental management software.

They claim to be “the #1 cloud dental EHR” and “the only complete technology platform for your dental practice”

I am skeptical of these claims as there are several cloud based dental management systems with years of experience and thousands of users. The two I am most familiar with are;

Dentrix Ascend

Curve Dental

The web site includes several references to “it is free”. What is free? I tried to use the chat function to find out but it was just a bot that was not helpful.

 

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Uber for Hygienists

September 17, 2018

 Interesting. Biteline is a startup on the east coast that hooks up dental offices with hygienists and assistants looking for a part time gig.

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Did Ancient Humans Have Any Modern Dental Issues?

September 14, 2018

Yes. Cavities! The modern diet’s use of refined sugars and carbs has been connected to cavities in our teeth, but what about before modern agriculture? Homo naledi, one of our ancient relatives dating back nearly 700,000 years, apparently also had cavities likely being attributed to their diet of fruits, veggies, and honey! In fact, cavities […]

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Apple purchases augmented-reality glasses startup

September 13, 2018

From Becker’s: Augmented reality enables a device — in this case, a set of glasses — to overlay digital information on the real world. Source: Apple purchases augmented-reality glasses startup Augmented reality is one of those technologies that holds so much potential yet has yet to take hold in any substantial way. There are many […]

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Dentrix G7

September 13, 2018

Dentrix Smart Image expands your ability to give both good and fast care by protecting your practice against potential mistakes and costly human error every time you acquire images. You can also connect images with CDT codes that are then posted to the ledger, saving you time from manual entry Source: Dentrix G7 Follow the […]

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Dental Art

September 12, 2018

  “The Quack Tooth Puller” by  Theodoor Rombouts.  This is more like it. Following a “nice” dentist painting last week and a “sexy” painting the week before we return to the classical depiction of a dentist. Brutal with a crowd watching in delight. Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or […]

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Henry Schein to settle anti-trust class action for $39m

September 11, 2018

“We categorically and emphatically deny any wrongdoing, and we have made a business decision in the best interests of the Company to engage in settlement discussions to avoid long, distracting litigation and the additional use of resources. We have a long history of serving customers with integrity and honesty, and we have earned our reputation […]

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Carestream CS 3600 “Hybrid Scan”

September 11, 2018

Digital impressions just keep getting better and better. Carestream just announced improvements in the acquisition software used with their CS 3600 scanner. These improvements include “hybrid” scans which allow dentists to merge live scans from the mouth with the scan of an impression into a single file. The new software also for multiple bite registrations. […]

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The Wild West of online reviews

September 10, 2018

From MyView, ADA News: Sadly, many online review sites, even very popular sites, have no protocols in place to vouch for the accuracy of the evaluations. Anyone can post anything, about anyone, anytime and that is truly frightening. But does it have to be? Source: MyView: The Wild West of online reviews Worth reading, the […]

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Cloud Computing ASP

September 10, 2018

A new version of an old idea has a sexy new name. What we used to call ASP which stands for Application Service Provider has be re-named “Cloud Computing”. The name Cloud refers to the fact that the application is processed not on your local server but off in the Internet at a remote server […]

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Notice First

September 7, 2018
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A Sharp Transformation has Occurred

September 6, 2018

Peter Drucker, the dean of American management theorists wrote; “Every few hundred years throughout Western history, a sharp transformation has occurred. In a matter of decades, society all together rearranges itself – its worldview, its basic values, its social and political structure, its arts, and its key institutions. Fifty years later a new world exists. […]

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Facebook is shedding massive traffic

September 6, 2018

From  BGR: Four billion. That, according to a new study shared with CNBC by market research firm SimilarWeb, is how many monthly page visits Facebook has shed in a slow-drip but nevertheless huge decline over the last two years… …“The five websites receiving the most traffic in the U.S. in the last several years have been […]

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Dental Art

September 5, 2018

“Watercolor Dentist” Interesting painting circa 1930’s I would guess, based on the equipment. I found this on Pinterest and sadly have no title or artist. I can not make out what has been written on it. On the plus side it is a dentist in a non threatening, even friendly pose. A nice change from […]

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Digital Diagnostics

September 4, 2018

How do you find decay? Poke the tooth with a sharp stick? How do you pick a shade? Hold up a paint chip and pick what looks the best? How do you measure a perio pocket? Push in a dip stick? How do you check for TMJ problems? Put your fingers over the joint and […]

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