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Could your Fitbit or Apple Watch detect early COVID-19 symptoms?

August 3, 2020

From  Reuters: Fitbit and other wearable devices typically linked to exercise are being studied as ways to identify people who are potentially infected with COVID-19 before symptoms appear, when they can unknowingly spread the disease. Source: Could your Fitbit or Apple Watch detect early COVID-19 symptoms? – Reuters The linked article hits many of my hot buttons regarding future […]

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How business leaders (and dentists) can plan for the next normal

July 28, 2020

From McKinsey: The figures for telemedicine and virtual health are just as striking. Teladoc Health, the largest US stand-alone telemedicine service, reported a 50 percent increase in service in the week ending March 20, and is adding thousands of doctors to its network. The Federal Communications Commission is spending $200 million to improve connectivity between patients […]

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Telehealth: A post-COVID-19 reality?

July 16, 2020

From McKinsey: COVID-19 has caused a massive acceleration in the use of telehealth. Consumer adoption has skyrocketed, from 11 percent of US consumers using telehealth in 2019 to 46 percent of consumers now using telehealth to replace cancelled healthcare visits.1 Providers have rapidly scaled offerings and are seeing 50 to 175 times2 3 4 the number […]

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Digital dentistry: The new state of the art — Is it disruptive or destructive?

July 6, 2020

From  ScienceDirect: Following is the summary of this scientific article by E. Dianne Rekow, King’s College, London. Digital innovations have unquestionably disrupted dentistry. With these innovations, patient experience has improved. More restoration options are available delivering longer lifetimes, and better esthetics. Fresh approaches are bringing greater efficiency and accuracy, capitalizing on the interest, capabilities, and skills of […]

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The Internet of Things Has a Consent Problem

June 22, 2020

The Internet of Things (IOT) has a consistent problem with security. From  IEEE Spectrum: IoT companies should tell users what information their devices are gathering and how they’re using it Source: The Internet of Things Has a Consent Problem – IEEE Spectrum Read the whole thing. Most people would be shocked to discover all the […]

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Virtual health: The next frontier of care delivery

June 18, 2020

From  McKinsey: For the past 10 to 15 years, virtual health has been heralded as the next disrupter in the delivery of care, but there has been minimal uptick in adoption. The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing against structural barriers that had previously slowed health system investment in integrated virtual health applications. Source: Virtual health: The […]

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OralEye teledentistry Network 

May 28, 2020

Provide Virtual Checkups For Patients Using Your Computer Source: OralEye Network | Join Today and start using teledentistry Another teledentistry resource.

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Work From Home (WFH) Guidelines

May 19, 2020

The following guidelines are from Jeff Broudy, the CEO of PCIHIPAA Unlike Telehealth, where OCR has announced softening of the HIPAA Rules, when working from home, healthcare providers face cyber-security and HIPAA challenges.  Below are tips to consider to help keep patient data private and secure while working from home. Review your Company’s Workstation Use Policy, […]

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How Negative News Distorts Our Thinking

May 12, 2020

From Psychology Today: Exposure to consistent, sensationalized pessimism and negativity has become the norm for those keeping up with the news. This matters, because research shows us that what we see on the news can significantly impact our mental health. Source: How Negative News Distorts Our Thinking | Psychology Today The media thrives on negativity. The […]

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Teledentistry by PBHS | Virtual, Online Dental Consultation

April 23, 2020

Another Tele-dentistry option from PBHS. They are primarily a web site and marketing company offering this as an added service. PBHS SecureVideo provides unlimited encrypted, HIPAA-compliant teledentistry consultations right through your desktop, iOS and android devices. It includes secure two-way clinical chat, screen sharing and file transfers. Source: Teledentistry by PBHS | Virtual, Online Dental […]

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Physicians Should Be Allowed To Practice Across State Lines—and Not Just During a Pandemic

April 21, 2020

From Reason.com: The COVID-19 pandemic is straining all the country’s health care resources right now—including the supply of physicians. In response, nearly all 50 states are temporarily suspending regulations to allow physicians to practice across state lines and to encourage the use of telemedicine, which lets patients interact with doctors remotely via audio or video… …Medical […]

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Minnesota dentists turn to ‘teledentistry’ to treat patients

April 20, 2020

From  kare11.com: So Bryan wants people to know most dental offices are providing emergency care and people can still be evaluated virtually.”It’s really taken off,” said Laskin. Teledentistry has actually been around for several years, but given the times it is of high interest among dentists and orthodontists.They can provide a diagnosis through photos or video. […]

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Zoom privacy and security issues: Here’s everything that’s wrong (so far)

April 14, 2020

From Tom’s Guide: Are you using Zoom yet? It seems that everyone in America who’s been forced to work, or do schoolwork, from home during the coronavirus lockdown is using the video-conferencing platform for meetings, classes and even social gatherings. There are good reasons Zoom has taken off… …But there’s a downside. Zoom’s ease of use makes […]

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Zoom macOS install ‘shady,’ plus video chats aren’t end-to-end encrypted

April 2, 2020

From Appleinsider: Video conferencing service Zoom reportedly installs itself on Macs by working around Apple’s regular security, and also promotes that it has end-to-end encryption, but demonstrably does not. Zoom’s popularity as a video conferencing tool has soared over the coronavirusIncreased usage of video conferencing app and service Zoom during the coronavirus outbreak is leading […]

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Carestream Dental | Teledentistry

March 31, 2020

A nice tele-dentistry resource from Carestream: Together, Carestream Dental and MouthWatch TeleDent are here to help your practice navigate today’s COVID-19 challenges and beyond. Depending on the needs of your practice, our customized teledentistry solutions inlcude: Online patient portal to share information with patients remotely Secure 2-way patient messaging for screening patients before an appointment […]

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Grandpa was Wrong

March 31, 2020

My grandfather was a dentist practicing in Canada over one hundred years ago. At that time there was an amazing new technology that many dentists were just starting to use. However, according to my grandfather, the technology was really just a trick to fool patients. That technology was X-Ray. Today we look back on the […]

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Artificial intelligence may not be better than experts at reading medical scans

March 30, 2020

This story is not about…you know what. From UPI.com: A new study casts doubt on claims that artificial intelligence (AI) equals or surpasses the ability of human experts to interpret medical images. Source: Artificial intelligence may not be better than experts at reading medical scans – UPI.com They claim earlier studies were flawed.

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COVID-19 Resources for Dentists

March 26, 2020

From the ADA, includes coding and billing guidance for tele-dentistry Source: COVID-19 Resources for Dentists

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Tele Dental Consult

March 26, 2020

More on working from home during Corona Pandemic shutdown. According to HHS the list below includes some vendors that represent that they provide HIPAA-compliant video communication products and that they will enter into a HIPAA BAA. Skype for Business Updox VSee Zoom for Healthcare Doxy.me Google G Suite Hangouts Meet Dentists may use one of […]

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A GREAT new resource from Carestream Dental

March 12, 2020

Download free educational materials, infographics and more to share the Digital Dentistry Difference story, and see the difference it makes for your patients and your business. Source: Home – Carestream Dental

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