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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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iPrescribe

November 13, 2018

From DrFirst: Easy, Fast, and Intuitive e-prescribingiPrescribe makes prescribing easy and fast. You start the app and send a new prescription or a refill with just a few taps on your phone. No need to wait for your computer to boot, no need to log in to anything to access PDMP data. Source: iPrescribe | DrFirst […]

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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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Behind the Smiles with Dr. Gina Dorfman

October 26, 2018
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Guide to Paperless Records

October 11, 2018

Make the commitment and Go Paperless by year end. Most likely you already have everything you need to go paperless. Stop putting it off, going paperless can save you tens of thousands of dollars. Buy the book, take the first step. My comprehensive technology guide, “How to go paperless in the dental office” will answer […]

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CDA Presents 2018: Emmott advances digital workflow discussion

September 28, 2018

From Dr. Bicuspid, a nice write up on my CDA presentation “Digital Workflow” Four steps are involved when converting to a digital workflow, according to Dr. Emmott.”Many practices are interested in trying it but are very frightened about the process,” he said. The four steps of going paperless start with paper and end up digital: A […]

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High Tech ROI – Time on Task

September 24, 2018

Do you need more staff or do you need to be more efficient? According to Sally McKenzie one way to determine this is to evaluate how much time patients spend at the front desk. Check in and check out should take about 10 minutes per patient. If the practice sees 15-22 patients a day, the […]

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Cloud Computing ASP

September 10, 2018

A new version of an old idea has a sexy new name. What we used to call ASP which stands for Application Service Provider has be re-named “Cloud Computing”. The name Cloud refers to the fact that the application is processed not on your local server but off in the Internet at a remote server […]

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Paperless Records Tip

August 20, 2018

Insurance CDT codes are set up by procedure and are designed primarily to track fees. However, in real life in the dental office we work on appointments not just codes. Many procedures require multiple appointments to complete. For example a traditional crown (not CAD CAM) includes a preparation and then a delivery. A denture requires impressions […]

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CMS Head: We’re Working Toward Interoperability. Are You?

August 16, 2018

From Healthcare Analytics News: Healthcare is stuck in a 1990s time warp. That’s according to Seema Verma, M.P.H., who heads the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)… …But in spite of these steps forward, healthcare organizations still depend on faxes, CD-ROMs and paper notes. Interoperability remains elusive, and patients still don’t have access to, never […]

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Paperless ?

July 27, 2018
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Paperless Records

July 19, 2018

One of the fastest growing trends in dentistry is the move toward paperless records. There are tremendous advantages to paperless records including ease of access, improved patient care and lower costs. On the other hand we seem to be emotionally attached to our charts. Like old copies of National Geographic, we just can’t bring ourselves […]

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Afraid to go All the Way?

June 7, 2018

One of the mistakes dentists make with computerized charting is they only go part way. For example: They use a paper chart in the treatment room during diagnosis to mark future treatment. Then they take the paper chart to the computer and enter everything again. They will use the computer to create an estimate, insurance […]

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The Advantages of Digital Dental Treatment Notes

May 14, 2018

It is amazing how many dentists will spend enormous amounts of time every day writing, editing and reviewing poorly scribbled, hard to read handwritten notes but will not do a little planning and take a few hours to create digital notes so they never have to write in a chart again. Digital progress notes are: […]

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“It Could be Millions”

May 10, 2018

Do you remember this TV commercial from a few years ago? The room is filled with bedraggled executives and managers. It is obvious they have been working for hours, the room is a mess, costs are off, ties are loosened and the conference table is overflowing with papers, files, binders and reports. They are looking […]

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Paperless Charts, a process not an event.

May 7, 2018

Going paperless is a process not an event. At first you will need the paper charts on many of your patients as you will be referring to the previous paper entries. As time goes on you will need to refer less and less to the old paper records. After a year all the current x-rays […]

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Help Going “Paperless”

April 26, 2018

You probably have everything you need to go “paperless” except the knowledge of where to start and what to do next. Stop putting it off, going paperless can save you tens of thousands of dollars. Buy the book, take the first step. My comprehensive technology guide, “How to go paperless in the dental office” will […]

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Credit Card Signatures Are About to Become Extinct in the U.S.

April 23, 2018

From NYT: Credit card networks are finally ready to concede what has been obvious to shoppers and merchants for years: Signatures are not a useful way to prove someone’s identity. Later this month, four of the largest networks — American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa — will stop requiring them to complete card transactions. Source: […]

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STOP making Paper

April 17, 2018

Almost certainly you have everything you need to “go paperless” right now. The only thing holding you back is that you are afraid to STOP MAKING PAPER. Examine what you are still doing on paper. Most likely you are scribbling paper chart notes, writing paper prescriptions and using paper forms. All of these can be done […]

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Stuff vs. Solutions

March 15, 2018

A problem I see over and over again with high tech and dentistry is Stuff vs. Solutions. The most visible element of digital technology is the thing; that is the computer, the sensor the big monitor or even the web page. Because these things are so obvious the tendency is to think of technology in […]

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