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Management

Dental Tech Resolutions for 2019

December 27, 2018

High Tech Dental New Year’s Resolutions 1. Before you purchase new technology resolve to use what you have now more effectively. Chances are you already have some pretty sophisticated technology and you are not getting all you could from it. Plan at least two technology training session for the team and the dentist in the […]

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Bold and Innovative!

December 21, 2018

I got this cartoon from Maria Cenales at Curve Dental. Sadly this is exactly what I run into with dentists and dental team members using new technology. The doctor invests big bucks in a new system then everyone does everything possible to keep doing things just like they did before.

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Urgent Care Centers Take Off

December 20, 2018

From US News: Increasing demand is spurring a dramatic expansion in the number of urgent care centers in the U.S. There are about 8,250 urgent care clinics throughout the country, according to the most recent estimate by the Urgent Care Association. From 2014 to 2017, about 400 to 500 new urgent care clinics opened each year, […]

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CareCredit Now Integrated Into Dentrix

December 20, 2018

This is great news: Henry Schein, Inc. today announced the integration of CareCredit’s financing tool into Henry Schein’s dental and veterinary practice management software solutions. The integration offers dental and veterinary practices more financing options for their patients and pet owners, while improving practice efficiency. CareCredit integrates into Dentrix® and Easy Dental®, practice management software […]

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Year End for Dentrix Users

December 13, 2018

As the end of the year rapidly approaches, there are important tasks that need to be done at your office to prepare for 2019. Source:  The Dentrix Office Manager Blog

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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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