Southwest Dental Conference

by Larry Emmott on September 12, 2019

in Dental Speaker

I will be presenting two sessions in Dallas October 10

Source: Southwest Dental Conference

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CONVERGENT DENTAL ANNOUNCES NEW AGREEMENT WITH HENRY SCHEIN,

Source: Convergent Dental Announces New Agreement with Henry Schein, Making the Solea® Dental Laser Available to More US Dental Professionals | Convergent Dental

The Solea hard tissue laser is remarkable.

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by Larry Emmott on September 11, 2019

in General

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Make the Lab Techs Day!

by Larry Emmott on September 10, 2019

in Cameras,Management

SmileCA local lab manager  mentioned this idea to me, which once you think about it is so obvious yet I have rarely done it. When you finish a great restorative case…send a copy of the after photo to the lab. The technicians will appreciate seeing their careful work delivered into the mouth of a real human being.

Personally I imagine most people (even dental lab technicians :-)) will get more professional satisfaction from seeing the result in someone’s mouth and to hear how happy the person is with the results than they will from simply treating a plaster model.

You can make this even more effective if you include a before along with the after photo.

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What Will You Never Do Again?

by Larry Emmott on September 10, 2019

in Dental Speaker,Future Tech,Management

 

We tend to ask ourselves, what new thing will technology allow me to do today that I couldn’t do yesterday?

As natural and as exciting as that question is, it can be a much more meaningful example of the impact of technology to ask yourself what will I never do again?…

The point of this is that when you are looking to the future, planning for your practice and trying to determine your best course of action, do not try and guess the next new thing. There are far too many new things coming and far too many variables for your guesses to be accurate.

On the other hand, if you see what has already taken hold and examine how it is being used, you may be able to see what you will never do again. Google vs. Yellow Pages change is a good example. Based on the realization that you will never look up a business in the Yellow Pages again, you can easily decide to not spend money on a Yellow Pages ad and instead to invest in a web page.

This is a great way to plan for the future. Here are some dental office examples of things you might never do again based on developing technology.

  • I will never hold a radiograph up to the light again
  • I will never wait on hold again
  • I will never write a treatment note again
  • I will never change the chemicals in the developer again
  • I will never pack tissue again
  • I will never use the postage meter again
  • I (or my staff) will never hand a clipboard to a patient again
  • I will never spend the morning looking for a lost chart again
  • I will never pour a plaster model again
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Telehealth Has An Awareness Problem

by Larry Emmott on September 9, 2019

in Telemedicine

Two-thirds of adults are willing to consult with a doctor via video, but only 8% have tried it,

Source: Telehealth Has An Awareness Problem

The article reports on recent surveys that indicate people say they want to use remote telemedical services but don’t really do it. This may be because they don’t know it is available. The article also reported this finding;  23% of primary care physicians say they now offer virtual visits, only 6% of consumers report that their doctor does.

There are many opportunities to use tele dental systems most dentists have yet to implement. For example post op checks, or invisalign checks. I am sure most of your patients would rather snap a quick phone photo and text it to you to check on the healing of a simple extraction or an oral lesion than they would like to make an appointment, take time off work, drive to the office and wait to be seen.

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Ransomware, phishing attacks target dentists

September 5, 2019

From ADA News: An estimated 432 dental practices were impacted Aug. 26 in a ransomware attack against DDS Safe, a service from The Digital Dental Record, a subsidiary of the Wisconsin Dental Association that provides IT products and services to dentists. DDS Safe is a system that facilitates secure data backups for dental practice computer […]

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Dental Art

September 4, 2019

“Spiderman at the dentist” What I really like about this is that everything is modern and up to date including the dental teams outfits. Of course I don’t know how the dentist will get into Spidey’s mouth with that mask on. Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic […]

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Word of Mouth

September 3, 2019
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The U.S. can slash health-care costs 75% with 2 fundamental changes — and without ‘Medicare for All’

September 2, 2019

From MarketWatch: As the Democratic presidential candidates argue about “Medicare for All” versus a “public option,” two simple policy changes could slash U.S. health-care costs by 75% while increasing access and improving the quality of care. These policies have been proven to work by ingenious companies like Whole Foods and innovative governments like the state of […]

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Hackers demand more than $1M in bitcoin from Washington hospital

August 29, 2019

From Becker’s: The hackers likely gained access to the hospital’s information systems through a phishing email attempt, which allowed the unauthorized party to infect the system with ransomware, Grays Harbor Community Hospital CEO Tom Jensen told Daily World. For the ransom, the hackers demanded the equivalent to $1 million in bitcoin, Source: Hackers demand more […]

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Dental Art

August 28, 2019

“Oxford Dental” Another in the weird line of teeth and shoes. 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 […]

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Patient handoffs to post-acute care providers still largely a manual process, hindering effective care coordination

August 27, 2019

From FierceHealthcare: Medicine is stuck with a 1980’s “Sneakernet” There is a big push both from the private market and federal policymakers to improve interoperability and open up access to health data through smartphone apps and other digital tools. But on the front lines of healthcare, the way patient information is shared remains largely a manual process done through […]

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SmileSnap | Dental Virtual Consultation Software App and Practice Patient Analytics

August 26, 2019

SmileSnap is the Leading Virtual Consultation Software and App for the Dental Industry. Grow your practice and start more patients with our patient analytics and metrics dashboard. Source: SmileSnap | Dental Virtual Consultation Software App and Practice Patient Analytics I just talked to the developers of this new service. I like a lot of the […]

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Speeding Ticket

August 22, 2019

This is one of those meme messages that has been floating around for a while. Probably not true but it is the kind of thing you wish were true. Also notice there is a dental connection  🙂 ____________________________________________________ Two Texas Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speeding enforcement on Highway 77, just south of Kingsville, Texas. […]

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Dental Art

August 21, 2019

“Oh What Big Teeth You Have” Red Riding Hood as a dentist. 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 […]

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Electronic Signature Pads

August 20, 2019

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. ePad

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Dentrix Training Workshop Scottsdale, AZ

August 19, 2019

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 […]

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For Many Diabetes Patients, Skin Patches and Phones Are Replacing Finger Pricks

August 19, 2019

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 […]

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Advances In Artificial Intelligence Threaten Safety, Privacy Of Our Health Data

August 15, 2019

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 […]

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