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Who owns the Data??? Dentist denied access to patient Data Base

December 10, 2018

Key Dental received a notification from its EMR vendor MOGO that it would not return the dental group’s EMR database as required at the termination of its end user license agreement. It violates both the EULA and several portions of HIPAA. As Key Dental can no longer view or monitor the database to ensure the […]

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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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Time on Task.

December 3, 2018

The left hand column lists some of the tasks dental team members need to do every day using traditional paper systems with the approximate time in minutes they spend each day on that task. The right hand column lists the same tasks using digital records and digital workflow with online e-services. Notice the bottom line; […]

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Four Paperless Essentials

November 29, 2018

Here are the four essentials you must have to create paperless records. If you are missing any one of these you are not yet ready to go paperless. 1. Good Practice management software. 2. Computers in every room networked to a central server. An alternative option is a cloud-based system like Dentrix Ascend, with computers […]

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Digital Workflow

November 27, 2018

Workflow equals systems. We all have systems in our offices. Some systems were designed and refined, and others just happened by accident. A system is the process we use to accomplish a task in the office. For example; how do you create a new chart? How do you confirm appointments? How do you get charts […]

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You don’t know what you don’t know

November 19, 2018

Training Training Training. One of the two biggest mistakes dentists make with high tech is not enough training. In far too many dental offices only one person knows how to use the computer and she doesn’t know much because she is self-taught. Training is not a one-time event but should be ongoing. If you have not […]

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Old Masters

November 13, 2018

I was speaking with a dentist a few years ago (not as many as you might imagine) who was telling me about the insane levels of precision he was learning in a gold study club. There were very precise measurements of powder and liquid, temperatures were carefully controlled to create just the exact amount of shrinkage […]

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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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13 TED Talks that Will Make You Better at Business

November 1, 2018

#12: Seth Godin: How to Get Your Ideas to SpreadMarketing expert and blogger Seth Godin has a really simple but effective theory behind increasing sales and spreading ideas: sell your ideas to the people who love your product, and let them tell their friends. Source: 13 TED Talks that Will Make You Better at Business […]

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What to buy before year end?

October 29, 2018

Where should you spend your one million dollars of section 179 money before the end of the year? Section 179 is the tax law provision that allows businesses to expense certain capital investments. For details regarding the law look here. Complete or upgrade your technology infrastructure. If you still do not have computers in every […]

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Behind the Smiles with Dr. Gina Dorfman

October 26, 2018
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Eaglesoft, Demand Force, Sesame

October 25, 2018

Bumped from Aug 30. I find this very disturbing. From Eaglesoft support: If you are a current DemandForce/Sesame user, the interface with Eaglesoft will no longer work after Oct 31, 2018. Please reach out to eServices Sales at 800.294.8504 to further discuss the many options available. Source: Support Home Page Who owns the data? It seems […]

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Health data breaches on the rise

October 23, 2018

From Reuters: While the largest number of data breaches occurred at health care providers’ sites – such as hospitals and physicians’ offices – it’s health care plans that account for the greatest number of patient records stolen over the past seven years, Source: Health data breaches on the rise | Reuters The linked article is a […]

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‘Use it or lose it’

October 22, 2018

Henry Schein VP Keith Drayer explains how dentists can profit from technology investments. Dentists almost always profit from section 179 deductions. Source: ‘Use it or lose it’ — Henry Schein VP Keith Drayer explains how dentists can profit from technology investments Section 179 is the tax law provision that allows business owners to expense certain […]

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How to clear all unwanted emails from your inbox

October 22, 2018

From  Kim Komando: Unlike the popular choice to create a secondary email address for sign-ups or mandatory disclosures for exclusive offers, DEAs make it simple to receive the emails you want (and no more) straight to your primary inbox. There are a variety of options out there that provide this special service. Source: How to clear […]

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Dental Office Computer Workstations

October 18, 2018

From  TechCentral: Your OmniCore computer network comes complete with a virtualized server, network-attached storage (NAS), a business-grade wireless access point and firewall and hybrid data backup, all contained in a sleek, mobile, low-profile rack that can easily be rolled into an office. With OmniCore, TechCentral will provide, monitor and maintain your network for a low, […]

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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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How Formerly Independent Doctors Were Pushed Out of Business

October 11, 2018

From Reason: “Is the independent doctor disappearing?” U.S. News & World Report asked earlier this summer. The answer is: yes—and to a significant extent, that’s a result of deliberate policy. Your doctors didn’t jump out of business; they were pushed. Source Reason According to the article only 33% of physicians own their own practice. That compares to 80% […]

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AADPA Annual Meeting March 6-9, 2019

October 9, 2018

This is THE meeting you must attend to grow yourself in ways you won’t get at other meetings. Source: AADPA | Annual Meeting | Dental Meeting | Dental Conference | AADP Mark your calendar this is one of the best meetings in dentistry!

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ADA Oct. 11 webinar-electronic payments

October 2, 2018

A free Oct. 11 webinar, “ERA/EFT Implementation: How To For Your Practice,” will address the benefits of, and steps to implement, electronic alternatives to paper explanation of benefits and reimbursement checks. Source: Oct. 11 webinar to focus on smoothing the move to electronic payments

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