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Congress Gets Another Shot at Easing Telehealth Licensure Restrictions

March 1, 2021

From mHealth Intelligence: The TREAT Act, which has the support of dozens of health systems and connected health organizations, would allow providers to bypass licensing rules and use telehealth to treat patients in any state during the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Congress Gets Another Shot at Easing Telehealth Licensure Restrictions I have often made the point […]

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CES sees rise in telehealth tech in response to pandemic

February 8, 2021

From Las Vegas Review-Journal: “This year, with all of the digital health products, we’ve seen rapid acceleration of these technologies given the global pandemic,” said Lesley Rohrbaugh, director of market research for the Consumer Technology Association, which owns and presents CES. “It’s definitely a category that has been rising over the past few years. It’s been […]

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Lynk raises $24 million to bring knowledge-as-a-service platform to more industries

February 2, 2021

From VentureBeat: Lynk, a “knowledge-as-a-service” platform that connects domain-specific experts with businesses, has raised $24 million to fuel expansion in the U.S.While there are myriad platforms and tools that unlock insights from vast swathes of data, Lynk offers an AI-powered engine that indexes “knowledge domains” and vetted experts to find answers to questions businesses are asking. […]

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U.S. lawmakers reintroduce House bill safeguarding access to telehealth

February 1, 2021

I am a huge fan of the concept of telemedicine and teledentistry. I believe it has the potential to reduce costs and improve care to a remarkable degree. This is critical to solving the “Healthcare Crisis”. From  Healthcare IT News: WHY IT MATTERS The bill, which was first introduced in July 2020, would help safeguard […]

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Why the five-day workweek is outdated for working from home

January 26, 2021

From Fast Company: It’s time to get realistic about how people work in the 21st century. To the degree that we can acknowledge what is actually happening—and what is actually effective—we can begin to experiment with work hours in ways that simultaneously increase productivity and well-being. Source: Why the five-day workweek is outdated for working […]

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Less than 5%

January 14, 2021

According to Eric Topol huge amounts of medical data pour in constantly from medical records, continuous output wearable sensors, whole-genome sequencing, hi-res images and more. Processing and understanding this data has the potential to dramatically improve the human condition. By most estimates we have processed only a tiny fraction of it, 5% or less.

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Deep Medicine; What I am reading right now

January 11, 2021
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XDR

January 11, 2021

Is it as good as film? Wrong question. Is it diagnostic? What makes a digital radiograph diagnostic? It is a combination of image and software. Dentists tend to focus on the sensor and the final image but it is the software that matters more – or at least as much – as the sensor when […]

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Four Types of Teledentistry

January 4, 2021

From Teledent: Four Types of Teledentistry Live Video (Synchronous) Best described as a two-way interaction between patient and dentist, using audiovisual technology. Store and Forward (Asynchronous) Recorded health information, such as radiographs, photos, video, digital impressions or photomicrographs that is transmitted through a secure electronic communications system. The practitioner then uses the information to evaluate […]

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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS DENTAL TELEHEALTH BILL

December 22, 2020

It should have been titled the ANTI Dental Telehealth Bill. From NY State Dental Association: The amendment protects dental patients by requiring that dental telehealth providers identify themselves to patients and provide their New York State license number. It also stipulates that patients undergo proper examinations, necessary X-rays, and reviews of medical and health history […]

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Teledentistry in action

December 21, 2020

So, Ruiz did what many people do when they have a question—she turned to the internet. That’s where she found a teledentistry app called Toothpic. Toothpic allows people like Ruiz who need a check-up or have a specific dental concern to snap a few photos of their teeth and submit them along with a short write-up of […]

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The shift to virtual and home care: An interview with Annie Lamont

December 7, 2020

Interesting, from McKinsey: “There is no doubt that the patient–provider experience during the past several months has accelerated virtual models of care by five to ten years. …Hospital systems have been the drivers of our healthcare system. Our nurses and doctors in those hospitals have been heroes throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. But the reality is […]

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Carestream Dental Validates SprintRay Pro Printer, Makes it Easier for Practices to Offer Clear Aligners

December 3, 2020

Now, more doctors can confidently add in-house clear aligners as a treatment option for their patients with the validation of the SprintRay Pro printer for use with Carestream Dental’s newest update to its modeling software, CS Model+ v5. Source: PRESS RELEASE: Carestream Dental Validates SprintRay Pro Printer, Makes it Easier for Practices to Offer Clear […]

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ADA updates teledentistry policy

November 30, 2020

This is very disappointing. Dentists who deliver, direct or supervise teledentistry services should be licensed in the state where the patient receives services unless otherwise authorized by a state’s dental board, according to the policy. Patients have the right to know the identity and qualifications of oral health practitioners involved in the teledental encounter, costs […]

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Deleting your Facebook account permanently deletes your entire paid Oculus VR library

November 12, 2020

From CNET: If you delete Facebook and have an Oculus VR headset, you’ll lose your entire paid gaming library. And you won’t be able to get your Oculus VR games back if you make a new account, Source: Deleting your Facebook account permanently deletes your entire paid Oculus VR library – CNET Another instance of the […]

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Teledentistry App – Grin

October 27, 2020

Dvora Brandstatter used to drive her son Elchanan half an hour to the orthodontist and back every month to make sure his braces were working properly. Now, from the comfort of her home in Bergenfield, New Jersey, she attaches a special scope to her smartphone camera, opens an app and inserts the contraption into the […]

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Dental Implant Surgery with Yomi’s advanced robotic assistance

October 13, 2020

Surgical robotics have transformed multiple medical disciplines, and enabled early adopters to differentiate their practices and become the recognized leaders in their fields.Yomi is the first and only dental robotic system for implant surgery. Nothing is more accurate or precise than Yomi when it comes to placing implants. Source: Dental Implant Surgery with Yomi’s advanced […]

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Boston Dynamics Is Putting Legged Robots in Hospitals

October 6, 2020

From  IEEE Spectrum: For the past eight months, Boston Dynamics has been trying to find ways in which their friendly yellow quadruped, Spot, can provide some kind of useful response to COVID-19. The company has been working with researchers from MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts to use Spot as a telepresence-based extension for […]

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Dental AI Council

October 1, 2020

Leaders from across the dental industry announced the formation of the Dental AI Council (DAIC), an organization devoted to helping define the future of artificial intelligence (AI) in dentistry through research and education. DAIC members represent all major industry constituencies, including practitioners, dental service organizations, equipment manufacturers, practice management software providers, insurance carriers, laboratories and universities. As […]

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Making healthcare more affordable through scalable automation

September 22, 2020

From McKinsey: As more healthcare companies start to implement automation technologies, the ability to coordinate across the organization in achieving scale will be a major determinant of success. Source: Making healthcare more affordable through scalable automation | McKinsey Another thoughtful analysis from McKinsey. The linked article looks at many business sectors, not just medicine/dentistry and analyses how […]

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