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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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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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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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Patients prefer doctor video chats over in-person visits

March 26, 2019

When it comes to getting healthcare, people seem to prefer convenience over face-to-face doctor’s office visits, a new study suggests.About 90 percent of telehealth patients talk to doctors over video chat versus making in-person visits when the option exists, Source: Patients prefer doctor video chats over in-person visits This is not surprising. Who wants the […]

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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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SurfCT Launches of Surf Robotics – bringing Artificial Intelligence & Robotics to Dentistry

February 5, 2019

From Digital Journal: At various dental offices throughout the world where Pepper is being deployed by Surf Robotics and welcomed as a dental team member, the nearly four-foot tall robot – with green and blue eyes that has a computer tablet connected to its stomach – waits at the front desk to greet patients. Pepper […]

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Amazon push into health data analytics inspires awe — and skepticism

January 31, 2019

From POLITICO: The computer learned to perform data-collating tasks that might take a trained clinician hours or days to do in a matter of seconds, and “time is what we’re struggling with in cancer research,” Source: Amazon push into health data analytics inspires awe — and skepticism – POLITICO This is amazing!! For details follow the […]

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The fourth cycle of the hive mind (and what to do about it)

January 29, 2019

More wisdom from Seth Godin: If you’re a mediocre lawyer or doctor, your job is now in serious jeopardy. The combination of all four of these cycles means that the hive computer is going to do your job better than you can, soon. Source: The fourth cycle of the hive mind (and what to do […]

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Technology and You

January 21, 2019

From New Dentist Blog: These three questions. Does it improve the ease of care? Does it make the patient more comfortable? And does it improve quality? Are all essential when evaluating new technologies? Source: Technology and You – New Dentist Blog The linked article by Dr. William van Dyk is mostly concerned with clinical technology, CAD CAM, […]

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Advancement Of Teledentistry At The University Of Rochester’s Eastman Institute For Oral Health

January 10, 2019

From Health Affairs: …teledentistry has been demonstrated to be a practical and cost-effective way to improve oral health care for rural and disadvantaged children. Source: Advancement Of Teledentistry At The University Of Rochester’s Eastman Institute For Oral Health | Health Affairs The link is to an abstract. The bottom line, teledentistry can lower costs and increase […]

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6 trends in dentistry to expect in 2019

January 8, 2019

From Becker’s Dental Review: 2. 3D printing: While this technology has been around for years, it will become more dominate in 2019. 3. More competition online: Dentists can expect to see competitors using advertisement on social media and other platforms to attract new customers. 4. Continued rise of review sites: Now more than ever patients […]

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The “healthcare crisis” is in fact not a crisis of care but a crisis of affordability

December 28, 2018

The “healthcare crisis” is in fact not a crisis of care but a crisis of affordability. So far attempts to fix the established system with central command and control have proven to be a ineffective. Technology has the potential to lower costs and improve care. Eventually the entrenched interest will be overwhelmed.

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Dental Tech Resolutions for 2019

December 27, 2018

High Tech Dental New Year’s Resolutions 1. Before you purchase new technology resolve to use what you have now more effectively. Chances are you already have some pretty sophisticated technology and you are not getting all you could from it. Plan at least two technology training session for the team and the dentist in the […]

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Telemedicine surging in US but still uncommon

December 13, 2018

From Reuters: Overall, annual telemedicine visits increased from 206 visits in 2005, or less than one per 1,000 people in the study, to more than 202,000 visits in 2017, or more than seven per 1,000. Most of this increase happened over the last few years of the study, with an average annual compound growth rate […]

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Disruption is coming

December 6, 2018

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 […]

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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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Former Facebook and Google engineer is testing mini MRI to spot disease sooner on animals

November 20, 2018

From Business Insider: Its mission is to make portable, miniature imaging machines that everyone can afford — machines that she dreams will one day harbor the power to do everything from detect tumors in any organ to allow for brain-to-brain communication. If it works, her technology could disrupt the MRI market, where patients spend roughly $24 […]

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Dental Student Dilemmas

November 12, 2018

Do you teach for the present or for the future? I spent a facinating day at the ADEA Dean’s Conference in La Jolla. Dental schools are very interested in using new digital technology and applying it to teaching methods. However at the same time they need to teach dental students how to function in the […]

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How to Keep Your Job – become the MVP of the office.

November 8, 2018

Researchers at Oxford estimate that as many as half the jobs people are doing today will be eliminated by technology. This includes dentists and dental team members. There is one sure fire way to ensure you still have a job during the high-tech revolution. Become the “Practice Technologist.” If a dental staff member believes her job […]

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FDA isn’t doing enough to prevent medical device hacking

November 6, 2018

From Health and Human Services (HHS) According to the report, the FDA had not adequately assessed the risk that cybersecurity in medical devices can pose, which is what led to these weaknesses. Source: FDA isn’t doing enough to prevent medical device hacking, HHS report says Digital diagnostics linked to smart phones, smart medical devices, and […]

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