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Podium

April 29, 2021

Reviews, Payments, and Patient Messaging Software for Dentists “Not only do we get quality leads, but it doesn’t take our staff time on the phone to get the appointment scheduled.” Source: Reviews, Payments, and Patient Messaging Software for Dentists | Podium In 2021 monitoring your online presence and communicating with patients via text is not […]

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5G in the US: Why the network of the future has not yet delivered on the revolution that we were promised.

March 30, 2021

Interesting. In 2020, 5G speeds in the US did not come anywhere close to the 10 Gbps commonly associated with the latest cellular technology. The data collected from 1 October 2020 to 31 December 2020 by our speed test , which measures the quality of Internet connections on millions of devices yearly, shows that 5G […]

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Can your website do this?

March 18, 2021

From a Sesame Communications promotion: • Online Appointment Booking: New and existing patients can quickly book appointments on your website that sync with your Dentrix PMS • Virtual Waiting Room + Tap-to-Text: Deliver a safe and effective virtual waiting room experience for patients and staff • Custom Design, Branding & Copywriting: Help your practice’s website […]

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5 Reasons You Should Be Sending Electronic Billing Statements

February 22, 2021

From Dentrix Magazine: Most people have their phones with them all of the time, and they are constantly checking email and buying things online. Since patients are already doing that, why not send them their billing statement in a way you know they’ll see it and allow them to pay their balance online right then? With […]

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Two Way Conversational Texting

February 16, 2021

This is a direct pull from a Curve ad. However it is worth showing for two reasons. Most of your patients (64%) prefer text messages. Did you know that? Are you providing that? Most patient texting systems are one way only. Curve now has two way texting. I like that a lot.

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CES sees rise in telehealth tech in response to pandemic

February 8, 2021

From Las Vegas Review-Journal: “This year, with all of the digital health products, we’ve seen rapid acceleration of these technologies given the global pandemic,” said Lesley Rohrbaugh, director of market research for the Consumer Technology Association, which owns and presents CES. “It’s definitely a category that has been rising over the past few years. It’s been […]

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Best UV Phone Sanitizers 2020

January 19, 2021

UV Phone sanitizers are suddenly hot. I suggest you get a few and provide phone sanitizing as a free extra to all your patients. The patients will appreciate this, especially during the pandemic and it gets the phone out of their hands during the appointment. I suggest you have the sanitizer in the treatment room […]

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Could your Fitbit or Apple Watch detect early COVID-19 symptoms?

August 3, 2020

From  Reuters: Fitbit and other wearable devices typically linked to exercise are being studied as ways to identify people who are potentially infected with COVID-19 before symptoms appear, when they can unknowingly spread the disease. Source: Could your Fitbit or Apple Watch detect early COVID-19 symptoms? – Reuters The linked article hits many of my hot buttons regarding future […]

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New Phone

July 2, 2020

I just upgraded my smart phone to the new Samsung Galaxy S20. The new phone is very nice, the camera is awesome. It is set up for 5G…whatever. However the best part was the transition. I was not looking forward to it as my past experiences have been less than ideal. This time it went […]

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‘Dental Cupid’ Makes Pandemic-Era Matches Between Emergency Patients And Dentists

May 14, 2020

So Abdul and his team set to work, and in three days and three all-nighters, they created an online directory of dentists who provide emergency care, including where they’re located, their specialities, and whether they accept Medicaid and other forms of insurance.” If you believe you have a dental emergency and have not been able […]

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Guide for Making High Quality Smart Phone Videos

May 11, 2020

 From my friends at TNT Dental. Video can be a powerful tool. Unfortunately many DIY dental videos I see are just bad. These tips are simple and will help you avoid most amateur mistakes. TNT recommends you make a short (30 second) video for patients to view before the first visit returning from the […]

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Coronavirus scams on the increase, warn police and FBI

April 21, 2020

From 9to5Mac: Police, consumer organizations and Internet security companies are warning about an increasing number of coronavirus scams, as the FBI says cybercrime reports are up 400% … One scam is a text message claiming you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This one could easily fool people, as it […]

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Suedo reveals which of your apps are sharing too much data

February 27, 2020

From Fast Company: After I installed Seudo, the app claimed that TikTok was gathering minute-by-minute details on my network connection, which could help the social media app infer some form of location information. McDonald’s, meanwhile, appeared to be gathering all kinds of device data for tracking purposes, and several other apps, including Pandora and photo […]

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Oh Yeah, It’s a Phone Too

February 11, 2020

One of the fundamental changes that digital technology has produced is so subtle we often don’t even acknowledge it yet it is so substantial that it has altered everything. Once the basic capacity is in place a digital device can do many many that is to say many tasks. The most obvious example is a […]

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Hundreds of millions of Android phone cameras can be hijacked by spyware

December 9, 2019

From Tom’s Guide: Rogue Android apps can hijack the default camera apps on Google and Samsung smartphones, and probably the camera apps on many other brands of Android phones, to take photos and record video and audio without the device users’ permission. Source: Hundreds of millions of Android phone cameras can be hijacked by spyware | […]

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New bill to plug up HIPAA app gaps

July 2, 2019

From POLITICO: PRIVACY BILL PICKS UP WHAT HIPAA LEAVES OUT—Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are collaborating on a bill that would direct HHS Secretary Alex Azar to come up with regulations for health technology, including for apps, wearables and direct-to-consumer genetic tests. The bill directs HHS to consult with the FTC and the […]

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HHS guidance clarifies HIPAA liability with use of 3rd-party health apps

June 4, 2019

From FierceHealthcare: The Trump administration is pushing the healthcare industry to be a part of the smartphone economy, but there has been some confusion about whether healthcare providers and their health IT vendors would be held accountable for how patients use their health data. To address this, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of […]

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What patients think about digital medicine

April 30, 2019

Follow the link for a very interesting survey. Accenture Survey The number one digital item patients like is a practice web page. Hmmm.    

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E-services work

April 25, 2019

…the study revealed that for those who have adopted a PRM solution, those challenges were addressed. Most organizations saw significant reductions in no-shows and savings of staff time, rather than higher costs or use of staff time. Source: State of PRM Report from Solutionreach Reveals Four Key Trends | Business Wire The link goes to […]

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Apple Watch ‘prolonged my life’ by spotting deadly heart illness just days after new ECG feature launched,

April 18, 2019

Apple Watch ‘prolonged my life’ by spotting deadly heart illness just days after new ECG feature launched, Source: Apple Watch ‘prolonged my life’ by spotting deadly heart illness just days after new ECG feature launched, gadget owner reports

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