E-services work

by Larry Emmott on April 25, 2019

in Digital Marketing,Management,Mobile

…the study revealed that for those who have adopted a PRM solution, those challenges were addressed. Most organizations saw significant reductions in no-shows and savings of staff time, rather than higher costs or use of staff time.

Source: State of PRM Report from Solutionreach Reveals Four Key Trends | Business Wire

The link goes to an article from Solution Reach which includes data that patient relationship management systems (PRM), such as automatic text message reminders work. That is they decrease no shows, improve patient relations and reduce staff time which means they reduce costs.

Creating digital records is an important first step however to get real value from technology the dental office needs to leverage the digital data. One of the best and easiest ways to do this is to automate tasks such as calling to confirm an appointment.

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CBCT can Detect root fractures

by Larry Emmott on April 25, 2019

in Diagnostics,Radiography

Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) is useful in detecting vertical root fractures (VRF) in vivo even when the fracture line itself could not be visualized on CBCT, according to Russian researchers

Source: Endodontics — April 12, 2019

What makes all of the amazing things possible we see with CBCT is that second “C” it stands for “Computed”. The fact that we have a digital image and it is analyzed by a computer allows us to see, or more accurately distinguish things that we could never actually see with our naked, unaided human eyes.

For example a single radiograph pixel could be one of at least 256 shades of gray. Our unaided eye cannot distinguish any difference between say shade 124 and shade 125. However the computer can “see” a difference. The computer can then be taught (programmed) to to find pixel patterns that indicate a pathologic change (such as a root fracture).

We often get hug up on what we can see on a displayed radiographic image and compare that to film. However the actual value of a digital image is not how it compares to film but that it is not film. A digital image contains far more diagnostic data than film, we just need to use the computer to help us see what is there.

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on April 24, 2019

in Dental Art

“Tar” By Jason Levesque aka stuntkid The drippy lip is a common theme.

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 my friends at TNT Dental:

Geofencing technology allows you to “draw” a perimeter around a specified location. Where you draw the line is up to you. Once a patient that you’re targeting enters that space, the advertisement you’ve created will pop up on their smartphone.

According to Duct Tape Marketing, geofencing increases app usage by over 200%, leading to high customer engagement and an increased probability of converting a customer into a patient.Geofencing’s click-through rate is 15 times higher than that of normal push notifications. Geofencing usage is growing year after year; according to MarketsandMarkets research, the geofencing industry is expected to grow by 27% by 2022. And, as the number of consumers looking for information via their mobile device or on the go increases, it’s important to capitalize on ways to attract their attention but in a way that doesn’t ultimately deter them from your practice.

Source: How You Can Use Geofencing to Grow Your Dental Practice | Blog | Best Online Marketing Companies for Dentists | Custom Dental Websites | (877) 868-4932

Click and read the whole thing. Some great practical advice for any dentist considering using digital marketing.

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Heart 3D-printed with human tissue

by Larry Emmott on April 22, 2019

in 3D Printing,Theraputics

A team of Israeli scientists “printed” a heart with a patient’s own cells in a world first, researchers say.Past researchers had been able to print simple tissues without blood vessels, the team said. This development was the first time “anyone anywhere has successfully engineered and printed an entire heart replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers,”

…Because the heart is made from the patient’s own biological material, it reduces the chance the transplant would fail, according to the research paper.

Source: Heart 3D-printed with human tissue in world first by Israel scientists

WOW…I mean just WOW.

The future is coming and it will be amazing!

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Oxymorons

by Larry Emmott on April 19, 2019

in Just for Fun

  1. Act naturally
  2. Found missing
  3. Advanced BASIC
  4. Genuine imitation
  5. Soft rock
  6. New classic
  7. Clearly misunderstood
  8. Peace force
  9. Pretty ugly
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Apple Watch ‘prolonged my life’ by spotting deadly heart illness just days after new ECG feature launched,

April 18, 2019

Apple Watch ‘prolonged my life’ by spotting deadly heart illness just days after new ECG feature launched, Source: Apple Watch ‘prolonged my life’ by spotting deadly heart illness just days after new ECG feature launched, gadget owner reports

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Dental Art

April 17, 2019

“Black Grill” Very elegant evening wear. These would look good with a tuxedo. 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 […]

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Three Paperless Forms Options

April 16, 2019

Forms and signatures are one of the essentials of record keeping. How then can you have a paperless record? There are three methods to gather the information electronically and totally bypass the paper. Tablet PC:A tablet PC is a mobile computer in the shape of a slate. The i-Pad is the best known tablet but […]

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April 15, 2019
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Photos and Digital Charting

April 11, 2019

If you get a good set of intraoral digital photos and x-rays you can do much of the charting at your desk. You no longer need to be chairside with the assistant calling out findings while she scribbles things down on paper. This is especially true with existing restorations, broken teeth and other conditions. You […]

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Dental Art

April 10, 2019

“Dental Debauch” I do not have a title, artist or date for this. However my guess is early 1800s. It is quite typical of traditional dental scene paintings. It depicts a public event, the patient in great distress, the “dentist” pulling a tooth and the audience reacting. The audience is the most interesting part. There […]

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Amazon adds HIPAA compliance to Alexa Skills, opening door for secure health apps

April 9, 2019

From  GeekWire: Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant has a new trick: transmitting secure patient information between patients and caregivers. Developers can now use the Alexa Skills Kit to build HIPAA-compliant apps, opening the door for hospitals, insurers, digital health startups and others to manage patient data through voice. Source: Amazon adds HIPAA compliance to Alexa Skills, […]

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The BIGGEST Barrier to going High Tech

April 8, 2019

Implementing new technology involves more than buying and installing a product – it also requires change. People resist change for a variety of reasons and overcoming that resistance, from both doctors and staff, is often more of a challenge than actually using the technology. Source: Dental Technology Courses | Internet Presence | Paperless Records | […]

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A.I. Shows Promise Assisting Physicians

April 4, 2019

From NYT: In a paper published on Monday in Nature Medicine, the scientists reported that they had built a system that automatically diagnoses common childhood conditions — from influenza to meningitis — after processing the patient’s symptoms, history, lab results and other clinical data. The system was highly accurate, the researchers said,… …Dr. Kang Zhang, chief of […]

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Bottlenecks

April 4, 2019

More wisdom from Seth Godin: It would be difficult to water your lawn without a nozzle. The bottleneck creates pressure that allows you to reach further. But in an organization, a bottleneck can be a real problem. Source: Bottlenecks | Seth’s Blog I think the dental high tech connection is obvious. Nothing happens in a […]

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Dental Art

April 3, 2019

“Iowa Bicuspid” Dental student drawing 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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Telemedicine

April 2, 2019

Doctors are making house calls again. Not exactly a house call as we knew in the past but a digital telemedicine call. Telemedicine is the house call of the digital age. Tele medicine or tele dentistry is the use of technology to provide medical diagnosis or treatment from afar. That means a patient could sit […]

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News for April 1, 2019

April 1, 2019

Dental laboratories in Russia were forced to stop production last week after it was announced that there was no evidence of Russian Occlusion. Google announced a new corporate motto. Instead of “Don’t be Evil” the new motto is “Whatever”. Over 1.7 billion people use Facebook. Sadly this is not an April Fools joke. Due to […]

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