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Toothpic Pro – Start Offering Teledentistry in your dental practice

October 17, 2019

If your patient has a question or needs a follow up outside of the office, they can send you high quality photos of their teeth through our HIPAA compliant software. Source: Toothpic Pro – Start Offering Teledentistry in your dental practice If you plan to have a thriving leading edge practice in the next decade […]

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Doctor Alexa Will See You Now: Is Amazon Primed To Come To Your Rescue?

October 8, 2019

From Kaiser Health News: But a flood of new opportunities are emerging since Alexa won permission to use protected patient health records controlled under the U.S. privacy law known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Before, Alexa had been limited to providing generic responses about medical conditions. Now that it can transmit private […]

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Telemedicine

September 23, 2019

From Modern Healthcare: The global telemedicine market is expected to swell to $130.5 billion by 2025 as more clinicians across all ages embrace the technology, a new report found. The projection marks a steep increase from the estimated $38.3 billion valuation last year, with the number of doctors who self-reported telemedicine as a skill doubling from 2015 to 2018, […]

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Telehealth Has An Awareness Problem

September 9, 2019

Two-thirds of adults are willing to consult with a doctor via video, but only 8% have tried it, Source: Telehealth Has An Awareness Problem The article reports on recent surveys that indicate people say they want to use remote telemedical services but don’t really do it. This may be because they don’t know it is […]

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SmileSnap | Dental Virtual Consultation Software App and Practice Patient Analytics

August 26, 2019

SmileSnap is the Leading Virtual Consultation Software and App for the Dental Industry. Grow your practice and start more patients with our patient analytics and metrics dashboard. Source: SmileSnap | Dental Virtual Consultation Software App and Practice Patient Analytics I just talked to the developers of this new service. I like a lot of the […]

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Artificial Intelligence Better At Diagnosing Skin Cancer Than Dermatologists

August 6, 2019

From Study Finds: …an artificial intelligence program trained to identify and diagnose skin cancer in humans proved to show greater accuracy when pitted against dermatologists. Researchers from the U.S., Germany, and France used an AI system called the Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) to detect skin cancer by showing it more than 100,000 images of malignant melanomas […]

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Comcast working on home health device similar to Amazon Echo

June 13, 2019

From CNBC: The device will monitor people’s basic health metrics using ambient sensors, with a focus on whether someone is making frequent trips to the bathroom or spending more time than usual in bed. Comcast is also building tools for detecting falls, which are common and potentially fatal for seniors, the people said. Source: Comcast […]

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Texas Lawmakers Include Payment Parity in Medicaid Telehealth Bill

June 3, 2019

Legislators in Texas are moving forward with a bill that would, if passed, revise several of the state’s laws governing Medicaid coverage for telehealth and telemedicine and mandate payment parity. Source: Texas Lawmakers Include Payment Parity in Medicaid Telehealth Bill Good

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GAO: Telehealth Changes to MA Plans Will Save Roughly $500 Million

May 28, 2019

The US Government Accountability Office estimates that changes to Medicare Advantage plans to promote more telehealth and telemedicine use will save enrollees more than $500 million, Source: GAO: Telehealth Changes to MA Plans Will Save Roughly $500 Million Telemedicine and by extension teledentistry will irrevocably change future healthcare for the better. The so called healthcare […]

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News from the Future – Teledentistry

May 21, 2019

May 21, 2021: Arnold Zimmer , a San Jose dentist, prepped a tooth on a patient in Fargo North Dakota. By means of tele-dentistry techniques Dr. Zimmer used 3D images of the patient, including bones, teeth and soft tissue integrated into a virtual patient simulation transmitted to his office in California over the Internet. He […]

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Robotic health care is coming. How do you feel about that?

May 16, 2019

From The Conversation: Robots can do a lot, but people don’t necessarily accept them in those new roles. A lot depends on how easy the robot is to interact with and the patient’s own views about new technology and the emotions they’re feeling, such as fear about an upcoming medical procedure. A human-like robot can […]

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Telepresence

May 14, 2019

From Wikipedia: Telepresence refers to a set of technologies which allow a person to feel as if they were present, to give the appearance of being present, or to have an effect, via telerobotics, at a place other than their true location. Source: Telepresence – Wikipedia Teledentistry will be the next digital revolution in dentistry.

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Teledentistry

May 2, 2019

From Wikipedia: Teledentistry is the use of information technology and telecommunications for dental care, consultation,[1] education, and public awareness (compare telehealth and telemedicine). Source: Teledentistry – Wikipedia I think this is too basic. We are already doing remote diagnosis of digital radiographs and new digital diagnostic devices will continue to revolutionize how we diagnose. Patients can […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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