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Digital Workflow 1100% Better

June 6, 2019

Digital Workflow starts with paperless charts however to be truly effective, save time and money the next step is to use e-services to do routine daily tasks like calling to confirm or taking payments. Paper workflow takes eleven times more time than digital workflow. Does that mean one person could do the job of eleven? […]

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What is the Front Desk???

May 28, 2019

What do we really mean by “front desk”? It seems obvious but in reality the front desk is a place and a person, and most significantly a business system. The front desk is where all the business or administration of the practice takes place. The front desk is the Data Center of the practice. When […]

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“All of Us” Offers Online Tool for Participant Health Data Analytics

May 23, 2019

The NIH “All of Us” research program has launched a beta version of an online data dashboard that will allow researchers to access approved health data from consenting participants.The Data Browser tool includes patient-reported health data, EHR data, and other biometrics that will support population health research across a variety of domains. Source: “All of […]

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Three Paperless Forms Options

April 16, 2019

Forms and signatures are one of the essentials of record keeping. How then can you have a paperless record? There are three methods to gather the information electronically and totally bypass the paper. Tablet PC:A tablet PC is a mobile computer in the shape of a slate. The i-Pad is the best known tablet but […]

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Photos and Digital Charting

April 11, 2019

If you get a good set of intraoral digital photos and x-rays you can do much of the charting at your desk. You no longer need to be chairside with the assistant calling out findings while she scribbles things down on paper. This is especially true with existing restorations, broken teeth and other conditions. You […]

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Get the Book – Go Paperless

March 25, 2019

Make the commitment and Go Paperless. Most likely you already have everything you need to go paperless. Stop putting it off, make the commitment, 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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Death by a Thousand Clicks: Where Electronic Health Records Went Wrong

March 21, 2019

From Fortune: Follow the link and read the whole thing. Electronic health records were supposed to do a lot: make medicine safer, bring higher-quality care, empower patients, and yes, even save money. Boosters heralded an age when researchers could harness the big data within to reveal the most effective treatments for disease and sharply reduce medical […]

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HIMSS19: Loud and clear message from feds on patient data: It belongs to patients

March 14, 2019

From FierceHealthcare: Officials put industry stakeholders on notice over efforts to block patients’ access to their data. The Department of Health and Human Services made public several proposed rules aimed at increasing consumer access to their health data, but whether these regulations lead to the long-held goal of industrywide interoperability will take years to determine. Source: HIMSS19: Loud […]

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Communications in the 21st Century

March 7, 2019

58% of consumers start their online day by reading their emails.  76% of dental patients say email is the best way for companies to communicate with them.   So the question is…are you using it? Or even better are you gathering patient e-mail addresses in order to use it? Most Practice Management Systems like Dentrix have […]

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Digital Workflow – Beyond Paperless

February 19, 2019

If a dental team member believes his/her job is pulling charts, filling out forms and calling patients then she/he is stuck in the past doing a job that has (or at should have) ceased to exist. Technology in the form of management software, online e-services and even smart phone aps will do most of the […]

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How Dentrix Questionnaires can Streamline Patient Paperwork

February 18, 2019

From  The Dentrix Office Manager Blog: : For a patient to be able to fill out and submit forms before they arrive in the office is very beneficial. This can help to eliminate surprises before the patient arrives, for example if the patient has a medical condition and has a need to pre-medicate. Having patients […]

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“Good” Charting Software

February 12, 2019

Good charting software has many features. One of the most important is that it eliminates all paper. That means the software must accommodate all the bits of paper data that accumulate in a chart and it must have a method of importing virtually anything either with a scanner or file import function. If some bit of paper […]

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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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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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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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