Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on December 12, 2018

in Dental Art

“Technician” I do not have any information on this image. My guess it was drawn by a lab tech looking at his own hands. I like it a lot

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 Fortune:

…a study conducted by DuckDuckGo, a search engine that aims to protect users’ privacy. Participants searched Google for “gun control,” “immigration,” and “vaccinations,” but despite the identical search terms, the results varied, even when controlling the time and location, according to the study.

Source: Google Search Results: Why Yours Might Be Different | Fortune

Interesting article which implies that Google is gathering data about you even when you are not logged in. And that Google narrows search results that are tailored to you. As a result you end up in a “filter bubble” that limits your exposure to anything outside your “bubble”. The bubble could be experience, ideology or shopping preferences.

There may be some truth to all that and it may or may not be a concern. Never the less it does demonstrate that different people in different locations searching at different times will get different results. As a dentist that means you cannot rely solely on SEO to show up in search results for key words like dentist. No one can guarantee you a first page Google ranking.

You will get better website payoff by optimizing for the doctor’s name (most people still get a referral before searching) and clamming your Google Business page. Plus, include online services like bill pay and online forms that support existing patients.

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Hackers are not main cause of health data breaches

by Larry Emmott on December 10, 2018

in Security

From Reuters:

But the top cause of data breaches, accounting for 42 percent of cases and 472 incidents, was theft of equipment or information by unknown outsiders or by current or former employees, the study found.

Source: Hackers are not main cause of health data breaches | Reuters

This confirms my research. We worry about mysterious hackers lurking in cyberspace just waiting to pounce on our data. However most reported data breaches are NOT hackers. The largest category, by far, is stolen hardware. Which – by the way – hardly ever results in actual patients data being exploited.

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Key Dental received a notification from its EMR vendor MOGO that it would not return the dental group’s EMR database as required at the termination of its end user license agreement. It violates both the EULA and several portions of HIPAA.

As Key Dental can no longer view or monitor the database to ensure the security of patient data, officials have begun to notify patients.

Source: Dental Breach Notification Sparked by EMR Vendor Refusal

This seems rather strange. Based on the information in this story MOGO is not acting in good faith and has violated a number of agreements including a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA). I imagine there must be more to the situation.

If the facts are correct it seems like MOGO is engaging in Ransomware tactics.

The dental group has filed a data breach notice per HIPAA guidelines informing patients that the dental group no longer has control of the patient PHI.

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America’s First SEAL was a Dentist

by Larry Emmott on December 7, 2018

in General

Lieutenant Jack Taylor a dentist from Los Angeles  is considered to be America’s first SEAL. You can read his incredible story here:

America’s First SEa, Air, Land Commando Lieutenant Jack Taylor, USNR

I was browsing some interesting WWII stories today, the anniversary of Pearl Harbor day (Dec 7) when I came across a name I had not heard of before, Jack Taylor.  His story is amazing.

He was a dentist who joined the Navy after Pearl Harbor. However he did not join as a dentist he signed on as a combat officer. He was a pilot, a small craft expert and one of the first people to use Scuba before Scuba was invented.

He participated in numerous commando raids behind enemy lines.  He was eventually captured and barely escaped death in a concentration camp.

After the war he returned to dentistry but was tragically killed in a car accident before his top secret exploits could be revealed. Read the whole story.

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Disruption is coming

by Larry Emmott on December 6, 2018

in Future Tech,Health Care Politics,Management

Medicine (and by default dentistry) is an industry ripe for disruption. As usual the established players which in this case includes physicians, med schools, hospitals and insurance companies will resist the changes. However using history as a guide the disruption will start at the lower end of services and then grow. We are already seeing this with the advent of minute clinics and the like.

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Dental Art

December 5, 2018

Another “naughty” pin up dental art to get us started in the Holiday party spirit. Sexy dental art is rare, this is number five of six Vargas style pinups. 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 […]

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Who uses film anymore?

December 4, 2018

A digital Impression is to a traditional impression As a digital photo is to film.

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For the first time, researchers say Facebook can cause depression

December 4, 2018

From MarketWatch: “It was striking,” says Melissa Hunt, psychology professor at University of Pennsylvania, who led the study. “What we found over the course of three weeks was that rates of depression and loneliness went down significantly for people who limited their (social media) use.” Source: For the first time, researchers say Facebook can cause depression […]

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Amazon Launches Software to Mine Patient Records

December 3, 2018

From WSJ (subscription needed) to read full article: Amazon.com Inc. is starting to sell software that mines patient medical records for information doctors and hospitals could use to improve treatment and cut costs. The move is the latest by a big technology company into health care, Source: Big Tech Expands Footprint in Health – WSJ More […]

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Time on Task.

December 3, 2018

The left hand column lists some of the tasks dental team members need to do every day using traditional paper systems with the approximate time in minutes they spend each day on that task. The right hand column lists the same tasks using digital records and digital workflow with online e-services. Notice the bottom line; […]

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Dental Art Zazzle store

November 30, 2018

Dental art and business gifts. Lots of interesting designs.

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The Creepy Line – Documentary

November 29, 2018

Very interesting documentary, worth your time. Many of the things discussed in the movie are disturbing. There is strong evidence Google and Facebook are not just gathering and exploiting your personal information they are manipulating you as well. I am not sure I buy into everything, never the less there is certainly some truth to […]

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Four Paperless Essentials

November 29, 2018

Here are the four essentials you must have to create paperless records. If you are missing any one of these you are not yet ready to go paperless. 1. Good Practice management software. 2. Computers in every room networked to a central server. An alternative option is a cloud-based system like Dentrix Ascend, with computers […]

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Dental Art

November 28, 2018

“Artistic Smile” a fine art bronze casting by Rondaro. The Holiday gift giving season is approaching. These artworks make a unique gift for the hard to buy for dentist. Rondaro has many different works to choose from. Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have […]

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Human images from world’s first total-body scanner unveiled

November 27, 2018

The brainchild of UC Davis scientists Simon Cherry and Ramsey Badawi, EXPLORER is a combined positron emission tomography (PET) and X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanner that can image the entire body at the same time. Because the machine captures radiation far more efficiently than other scanners, EXPLORER can produce an image in as little as […]

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Digital Workflow

November 27, 2018

Workflow equals systems. We all have systems in our offices. Some systems were designed and refined, and others just happened by accident. A system is the process we use to accomplish a task in the office. For example; how do you create a new chart? How do you confirm appointments? How do you get charts […]

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Guide to Paperless Records

November 26, 2018

Make the commitment and Go Paperless by year end. Most likely you already have everything you need to go paperless. NOTE: This makes a GREAT gift for the dentist who has everything…except a paperless office. Stop putting it off, going paperless can save you tens of thousands of dollars. Buy the book, take the first […]

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Using Airport and Hotel Wi-Fi Is Much Safer Than It Used to Be

November 26, 2018

Good News From WIRED: AS YOU TRAVEL this holiday season, bouncing from airport to airplane to hotel, you’ll likely find yourself facing a familiar quandary: Do I really trust this random public Wi-Fi network? As recently as a couple of years ago, the answer was almost certainly a resounding no. But in the year of […]

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DREA December 7-8

November 23, 2018

I am honored to be presenting to the 46th Annual DREA Dental Symposium Dec 7 and 8 in Salt Lake City. Dental Research Education Association; DREA. Details here. Topics include: Paperless Records Digital Workflow Data Security Future Tech Online Reviews Google Practice Web Sites

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