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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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AI Designs Radiation Therapy Treatment Plan For Cancer In Twenty Minutes

August 14, 2018

A new artificial intelligence (AI) tool developed by a team at the University of Toronto may be able to significantly reduce the time needed to develop radiation therapy treatment plans for people with cancer. Source: AI Designs Radiation Therapy Treatment Plan For Cancer In Twenty Minutes It is just a matter of time until AI […]

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Dental 3D Printing Market, 24.5% Growth Expected by 2023

August 13, 2018

From Medgadget: The Global Dental 3D Printing Market is expected to grow significantly over the forecast period. It is estimated that the Global Dental 3D Printing Market is expected to register a CAGR ~ 24.5 % during the forecast period of 2018–2023. Dental 3D printing is a form of modern dentistry and is considered to be […]

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Never do it Again

August 6, 2018

We ask ourselves, what new thing will technology allow me to do today that I couldn’t do yesterday? As natural and as exciting as that question is, it can be a much more meaningful example of the impact of technology to ask yourself what will I never do again? Here are some dental office examples […]

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Blockchain: The New Technology of Trust

July 26, 2018

A new technology is redefining the way we transact. If that sounds incredibly far-reaching, that’s because it is. Blockchain has the potential to change the way we buy and sell, interact with government and verify the authenticity of everything from property titles to organic vegetables. It combines the openness of the internet with the security […]

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The World’s First Full-Color, 3D X-rays Are Freaking Me Out

July 19, 2018

But after 120+ years, x-ray imaging is getting a remarkable update with 3D, full-color images that reveal far more than just the bones inside you. These images will improve what a doctor can diagnose without cutting you open… …smaller test versions of this scanner are already being used to study cancer, as well as bone […]

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Accuracy evaluation of dental models manufactured by CAD/CAM milling method and 3D printing method

July 17, 2018

RESULTS The RMS value (152±52 µm) of the model manufactured by the milling method was significantly higher than the RMS value (52±9 µm) of the model produced by the 3D printing method. CONCLUSION The accuracy of the 3D printing method is superior to that of the milling method, but at present, both methods are limited […]

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Toothpic is the dental app that gives people plenty to smile about

July 16, 2018

The user can have a consultation with a certified dentist in their area while state-of-the-art technology allows the consumer to share focused imagery of the affected area so that the problem can be precisely diagnosed. Source: Toothpic is the dental app that gives people plenty to smile about I like this as it is in essence a mini, patient initiated, […]

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A team of AI algorithms just crushed humans in a complex computer game

June 28, 2018

From MIT Technology Review: This is an important and novel direction for AI, since algorithms typically operate independently. Approaches that help algorithms cooperate with each other could prove important for commercial uses of the technology. AI algorithms could, for instance, team up to outmaneuver opponents in online trading or ad bidding. Collaborative algorithms might also cooperate […]

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Blockchain beyond the hype: What is the strategic business value?

June 26, 2018

From McKinsey & Company: Blockchain’s core advantages are decentralization, cryptographic security, transparency, and immutability. It allows information to be verified and value to be exchanged without having to rely on a third-party authority. Rather than there being a singular form of blockchain, the technology can be configured in multiple ways to meet the objectives and commercial […]

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Using virtual reality to distract people from pain gains traction in hospitals.

June 18, 2018

From The Washington Post: Clarke and Martucci represent a growing number of patients treated with virtual-reality distraction for pain in a hospital setting. Cedars-Sinai has used the technology on more than 2,500 patients since 2016, more than any other hospital in the world. Source: Using virtual reality to distract people from pain gains traction in hospitals. […]

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Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

June 11, 2018

I am reading this now, about half way through and highly recommend it.

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ADA 2018 To Feature Course On Teledentistry

May 24, 2018

From ADA News: Dr. Paul Glassman, a professor of dental practice at the University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and immediate past chair of the ADA’s National Eldercare Advisory Committee, will co-present the course Using Teleheath Technology to Reach Underserved Populations (5805) at ADA 2018 – America’s Dental Meeting in Honolulu […]

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Can Blockchain Fix the Opioid Epidemic?

May 15, 2018

From Bloomberg: Digital currencies have been accused of worsening the opioid crisis because they make it easier to buy and sell drugs anonymously. Now Intel Corp. and the pharmaceutical industry are planning to fight fire with fire. The chipmaker, working with health companies, aims to use so-called blockchain technology — similar to the one that underpins […]

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Just a Few of the Amazing Things AI Is Doing in Healthcare

May 3, 2018

From Singularity Hub: Among the examples cited in his interview, Jacobstein referenced a 2017 breakthrough at Stanford University where an AI system was used for skin cancer identification. To train the system, the team showed a convolutional neural network images of 129,000 skin lesions. The system was able to differentiate between images displaying malignant melanomas and […]

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Simondent Virtual Reality

May 1, 2018

Amazing. The next step will be actual virtual patients.

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Tooth-Mounted Sensor Offers New Method to Track Diet

April 30, 2018

From Healthcare Analytics News: Scientists at Tufts University have developed a tooth-mounted sensor that can automatically track a person’s glucose, salt, and alcohol intake as they are consumed, according to a new study… The sensor measures just 2 millimeters by 2 millimeters, but it’s capable of both identifying nutrients and sending intake information wirelessly to a […]

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