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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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What is XaaS (Anything as a Service)?

September 18, 2018

XaaS is a general, collective term that refers to the delivery of anything as a service. It recognizes the vast number of products, tools and technologies that vendors now deliver to users as a service over a network — typically the internet — rather than provide locally or on-site within an enterprise. Examples of XaaS […]

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Clinical Computer Monitors

August 23, 2018

One of the smartest guys I know is Doug Yoon. Doug is a dentist but more importantly he is a digital image scientist and the founder of XDR digital radiology. I asked Doug to give me some advice on the best clinical monitors for digital radiography. Here is what he had to say. Even the […]

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Public & Private

August 21, 2018

Some things seen on the computer monitor are public. Those are things we want the patient to see, their own chart, x-rays, photos or patient education. Other information should not be seen. That would include another patient’s chart or even the daily schedule. That is private. Another way to refer to these is the patient […]

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Is a 49-inch Monitor Too Big?

August 16, 2018

From PCMag.com: How big is too big? When it comes to monitors, I may have just found the answer. For the last few weeks, I’ve using Samsung’s 49-inch CHG90 Gaming Monitor. While it’s an excellent monitor, it’s not really the right monitor for what I do. Source: Is a 49-inch Monitor Too Big? | PCMag.com The […]

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IT Budget

July 30, 2018

From TechRepublic: Generally, an IT budget can be divided across various categories, depending on the complexity and sophistication of your department and its structure. At a basic level, you could structure your budget as follows, with each subcategory “rolling up” to the parent to create a total budget: Source: IT budgeting: A cheat sheet – TechRepublic […]

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Is Your Hardware Ready for a Dentrix Upgrade?

June 25, 2018

From Dentrix Magazine: Dentrix is a powerful, full-featured practice management software—but it’s only as good as the hardware it runs on. When you use outdated hardware in your practice, it can cause crashes and delays that bring headaches and can hurt your business. Hardware or Software Problem?Computer problems can be hard to diagnose—most often we […]

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How to Change Your Computer Name

June 12, 2018

From PCMag.com: Is your Windows computer stuck with a name you don’t particularly like? A new PC sports a name courtesy of the vendor, but you can change it. Whatever version of Windows you’re running—Windows 10, 8.1, or 7—you can modify the computer name to something of your own liking. Source: How to Change Your Computer […]

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Handheld Asepsis

May 22, 2018

Computer hardware is crawling with germs! The worst offenders in the techno germ category are handheld devices. We take them everywhere, are constantly touching them, pass them around to others, sneeze on them, sweat on them, and then we hold them against our face and mouth. Numerous studies have confirmed our handhelds are a prime […]

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What Hospitals Can Learn from Airlines About Buying Equipment

January 25, 2018

From Medtronic: One big reason why is that hospitals purchase technologies without requiring that they communicate with each other. The optimal air flow is based on a straightforward calculation using the height of the patient. Height data, however, resides in the electronic medical record, which typically does not communicate with the ventilator… …Because similar gaps […]

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TechCentral Free Assessment

January 16, 2018

TechCentral provides superior office technology solutions for dental practices. Request a Free Network Assessment for an individualized solution for your practice. Source: TechCentral | Integrated Dental Technology Solutions Start the new year with a tech check up. TechCentral from Henry Schein offers a free on-site tech assessment. One of the most important items to check […]

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Troubleshooting Tips Your IT Guy Doesn’t Want You to Know

January 4, 2018

Tech Secrets: If you own a computer, you’re going to find yourself in need of a “techie” someday. Your computer will slow down and stop working efficiently, or worse, it will crash completely and you’ll be visited by the black screen of death. When that day comes, you’ll call a tech guy (or gal) and […]

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The best tech of 2017

December 28, 2017

From Mashable: More than any year in recent memory, 2017 saw the launch of many (mostly) gimmick-free tech products. Source: The best tech of 2017 None of the 25 best tech items listed has a direct dental application however many could be used by dentists and dental team members. For example the Surface Laptop/Tablet, various […]

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Buy Now Save Taxes

December 14, 2017

Good news, if you have or are considering purchasing equipment this year!  Section 179 allows you to deduct up to $500,000 of the purchase price.  Important, this is only for items purchased and installed in the 2017 Calendar Year. In other words before December 31, 2017. Go to www.section179.org  to find out more information. I suggest you […]

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Hybrid Dental Office Backup Service

November 16, 2017

From TechCentral: With ransomware on the rise and its special taste for healthcare, the risk of losing all practice data is becoming far more likely than it was even 2 years ago. Loss of patient records, financial and accounting information, payroll, and inventory data not only puts the security of confidential patient information at risk, but […]

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No More DIY Tech Support

November 6, 2017

IT has become as important to a dental office as a compressor and central vac. In other words you can’t do business without it. At one time dentists had to either understand technology well enough to do it yourself or trust their business to an IT start up that had little or no knowledge of […]

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The File Room of 2027

August 24, 2017

Today: The dentist has a room filled with charts, radiographs, correspondence, EOBs and all the other records along with endless little white boxes filled with plaster models. Finding the models and records for a case done six years ago requires an exploratory party and soon bears a striking resemblance to a wilderness expedition. But make no mistake about […]

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Keyboard Asepsis

July 28, 2017

Computer keyboards are notorious grunge hideouts. Many studies have found keyboards to be covered with grime and crawling with germs. Incidentally the filthiest keyboards were found in lawyer’s offices, but that is another story. As dentists we have an obligation to keep our treatment room computers clean and germ free. There are various ways of […]

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Lenovo ThinkStation P320 Tiny packs raw power into a small body

July 10, 2017

From SlashGear: Lenovo has taken the wraps off what it says is the smallest ever workstation with ISV certification: the Lenovo ThinkStation P320 Tiny. Source: Lenovo ThinkStation P320 Tiny packs raw power into a small body – SlashGear This is ideal for a dental office. The small size can be put anywhere in a treatment room […]

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Where not to put the computer Tower

June 12, 2017

Do not put the treatment room tower on the floor. It is likely to be damaged from cleaning activities; it could easily get wet from spills or mopping and it will pick up lots of dirt and dust. The tower needs to be close to a power supply and allow access in and out for various cables. […]

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