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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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At the Brigham, wound patch offers promise

November 5, 2018

From Boston Herald: It mimics skin properties, removes bacteria, helps new cells grow and reduces inflammation. The patch is applied onto the wound like a bandage and stays on for two to eight weeks, depending on the severity of the wound. The patch can be easily applied by patients, and it becomes part of the skin. […]

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Considerations On Cost Disease

October 16, 2018

From Slate Star Codex: The cost of health care has about quintupled since 1970. It’s actually been rising since earlier than that, but I can’t find a good graph; it looks like it would have been about $1200 in today’s dollars in 1960, for an increase of about 800% in those fifty years. Source: Considerations On […]

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At-Home Eldercare Goes High Tech

October 15, 2018

From E-Commerce Times: At the forefront of these industry trends is the idea of “Aging in Place,” defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.” The technology to make Aging in […]

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Henry Schein One

September 20, 2018

  “With the creation of Henry Schein One, we have advanced our dental business strategy by bringing together the leaders in dental software and web-based applications to build a powerful new engine that will enable dental professionals to be more efficient and to enhance their ability to deliver high-quality care to patients,” said Stanley M. […]

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Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft and others make health data pledge to Ease Patient, Provider Access to Health Data

September 18, 2018

From CNBC: There are many broken things about the U.S. health care system. But one of the biggest and most overlooked problems is that patients still find it too hard to share their medical information between doctors, especially those working in different hospitals. Source: Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft and others make health data pledge This is […]

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Apple purchases augmented-reality glasses startup

September 13, 2018

From Becker’s: Augmented reality enables a device — in this case, a set of glasses — to overlay digital information on the real world. Source: Apple purchases augmented-reality glasses startup Augmented reality is one of those technologies that holds so much potential yet has yet to take hold in any substantial way. There are many […]

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A Sharp Transformation has Occurred

September 6, 2018

Peter Drucker, the dean of American management theorists wrote; “Every few hundred years throughout Western history, a sharp transformation has occurred. In a matter of decades, society all together rearranges itself – its worldview, its basic values, its social and political structure, its arts, and its key institutions. Fifty years later a new world exists. […]

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3D-printed implants shown to help grow ‘real bone’

September 4, 2018

From Medical Press: Chemically coated, ceramic implants successfully guided the regrowth of missing bone in lab animals while “steadily dissolving,” researchers report. Surgeons and scientists at NYU School of Medicine and NYU College of Dentistry say their implanted scaffolds were naturally absorbed by the test animals’ bodies as new bone gradually replaced the devices. Source: […]

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