Do Great Work

by Larry Emmott on March 19, 2019

in General

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
– Steve Jobs

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Ransomware

by Larry Emmott on March 18, 2019

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

by Larry Emmott on March 17, 2019

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From FierceHealthcare:

Officials put industry stakeholders on notice over efforts to block patients’ access to their data. The Department of Health and Human Services made public several proposed rules aimed at increasing consumer access to their health data, but whether these regulations lead to the long-held goal of industrywide interoperability will take years to determine.

Source: HIMSS19: Loud and clear message from feds on patient data: It belongs to patients | FierceHealthcare

There are three items of interest to dentists in this article;

One: It takes us back to the central question I have been asking for years, “Who owns the data?” 

HHS is contending that the patient owns the data however the systems do not really support that. The dentist is required to create, maintain and protect the data. The dentist can even sell the data to someone buying the practice but the dentist does not own the data. Third parties collect the data and then analyse it. Who owns it?

Two: Dentists understand that HIPAA rules require them to protect patient data from theft or exposure. However it is not as well understood that HIPAA rules also require the dentist to maintain the data and make it available to patients if they request it. If you loose the data due to a hardware failure or a computer virus that is a HIPAA  violation.

Three: Current systems lack interoperability and that makes it difficult to impossible for healthcare entities to share data or patients to have easy access to their medical / dental records.

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on March 13, 2019

in Dental Art

“Somewhere I can’t breathe” by Jean-Phillipe Paumer. Looks more like the great wall of Chinese molars than a breathing problem.

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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Midwest Dental Conference March 21-24

by Larry Emmott on March 12, 2019

in Dental Speaker

I will be presenting two sessions on March 23. Digital Workflow and Google Juice

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Your smartphone screen is probably disgusting

March 12, 2019

“Mobile phones have become veritable reservoirs of pathogens as they touch faces, ears, lips and hands of different users of different health conditions,” researchers observed in a 2009 study of bacteria removed from personal calling devices. Source: Your smartphone screen is probably disgusting. Here’s how to clean it The linked article is interesting. It outlines how our […]

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Using live chat to improve your dental practice

March 11, 2019

A Guest blog from Kontak. The opinions expressed are from Kontak 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. ——————————————————————————————- At Kontak, our business is to develop new technologies that will increase the effectiveness of websites.  While not […]

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Communications in the 21st Century

March 7, 2019

58% of consumers start their online day by reading their emails.  76% of dental patients say email is the best way for companies to communicate with them.   So the question is…are you using it? Or even better are you gathering patient e-mail addresses in order to use it? Most Practice Management Systems like Dentrix have […]

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AADP Starts Today!

March 7, 2019

One of the BEST meetings in dentistry! I am moderating a panel on Internet marketing and social media.

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Dental Art

March 6, 2019

“Franken Dentist” by Scotty Munster . It is dental. Is it art? People in the tattoo world certainly believe it is art.  Whatever, it is disturbing on a number of levels, which I believe is the point. Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any […]

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HHS Collected Record $28M For HIPAA Violations Last Year.

March 4, 2019

From ADA News: Modern Healthcare reported HHS said last week that it “collected a record $28.7 million from healthcare providers and insurers in 2018 for inadequate responses to data breaches.” This figure exceeds the total of $23.5 million for 2017. Office for Civil Rights Director Roger Severino said, “Our record year underscores the need for covered […]

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DIGITAL ELECTRONIC MICROSCOPE

March 1, 2019

The Digital Electronic Microscope is an innovative device that lets you examine any object in amazing detail with high resolution, right from your computer screen, smartphone or tablet Source: DIGITAL ELECTRONIC MICROSCOPE – MrBigStorex Why is this not a standard device in every dental office?   The Electronic Digital Microscope allows you to see even […]

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Making Geofencing for Dentists Work

February 28, 2019

From my friends at TNT Dental: Display Ads: You know those advertisements that pop up on the side of your email box, on a webpage you’re viewing or within your Facebook feed? They’re display ads, and they do the very job you would think they would – displaying text, logos or images for a company. Otherwise […]

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Aetna, Anthem, IBM Announce Healthcare Blockchain Collaborative

February 28, 2019

From Health IT Analytics: Blockchain technology could reduce administrative errors and ensure the efficient exchange of health information, which would lead to improved patient outcomes and lower care costs. Although there have been multiple initiatives to digitize health information, significant advancements are still necessary, and these organizations will seek to move the industry forward.“This alliance […]

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Dental Art

February 27, 2019

“Teeth” by  Jason Edmiston 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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Dentrix Smart Image is Here

February 26, 2019

From Dentrix Magazine: Smart Image makes it easy for you to access more patient information quickly through a seamless integration without searching through separate software for a history of patient images.So, what imaging software do you use? Sopro by Acteon? Romexis by Planmeca? Sidexis 4 by Dentsply Sirona? Chances are that you may even use a […]

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New Messages!

February 25, 2019

From Patient News: ‘CONTACT US’ PAGE VIEWS – When a prospect views your contact page, it’s likely they are … contacting the practice! Source: (2) New Messages! A good short look at three key indicators that can help you determine the effectiveness of your web page. What really matters with potential new patients is not […]

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AADP March 6-9, 2019

February 22, 2019

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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ADA comments on agency’s request to modify HIPAA rules

February 21, 2019

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 Hmmm

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