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Paperless

Pacific Dental Conference 2018

February 21, 2018

I will be presenting four sessions at the PDC in Vancouver March 8th and 9th Paperless records are just the beginning; digital technology ultimately empowers dental team members with a more efficient – digital workflow – utilizing online communication and electronic services. Digital technology is revolutionizing every aspect of the dental practice; including how we […]

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February 9, 2018
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What Hospitals Can Learn from Airlines About Buying Equipment

January 25, 2018

From Medtronic: One big reason why is that hospitals purchase technologies without requiring that they communicate with each other. The optimal air flow is based on a straightforward calculation using the height of the patient. Height data, however, resides in the electronic medical record, which typically does not communicate with the ventilator… …Because similar gaps […]

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The Four Stages to Paperless

January 11, 2018

There are four stages every dental office goes through as they progress from paper to paperless. Paper: This is the condition of every dental practice BC – Before Computer – say 1969 or earlier. Everything is on paper or film including charts, ledgers, and appointment books. Hardly any US dental offices are at this stage […]

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How to Keep Your Job

November 27, 2017

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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Enhancing The Patient Experience Through Technology

November 14, 2017

From Opera DDS: By identifying technology that can deliver more positive touch points before, during, and after treatment, you’ll be providing a personal, positive influence to all patients. Source: Enhancing The Patient Experience Through Technology It is no longer good enough to be friendly, on time and take insurance. Everybody does that It would be […]

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Data Exchange Interoperability

November 1, 2017

The problem we solve: Health information exchanges (HIEs) aggregate patient data across health organizations within a given geographic region. Information in HIEs can be incredibly helpful to a physician providing care for a patient, because it often adds important data that are not available in the physician’s electronic health record (EHR). However, the physician typically […]

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You Need People to go Paperless

October 12, 2017

“Going Paperless” is based on computer technology so it is only natural to focus on the computers and the software when planning to go paperless. However the technology is only half of the equation. If the people in the office aren’t prepared and enthusiastic the technology alone will never work. This includes the dentist, some […]

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Paper to Paperless

September 4, 2017

I believe the conversion process from paper to paperless records requires three different types of help or support. Consultant: This person helps develop the plan, choose vendors, establish a budget, set up office systems, assign tasks and follow up over time to trouble shoot and assure completion of the project. Trainer: This person teaches the office staff […]

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Stop Making Paper

August 29, 2017

Once the system to create a digital patient record is in place, you simply stop making paper. Everything new is electronic; everything from the past is paper. One of the common mistakes dentists make with electronic charting is that they only go part way. Sometimes we miss the obvious, it is the old “can’t see […]

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The File Room of 2027

August 24, 2017

Today: The dentist has a room filled with charts, radiographs, correspondence, EOBs and all the other records along with endless little white boxes filled with plaster models. Finding the models and records for a case done six years ago requires an exploratory party and soon bears a striking resemblance to a wilderness expedition. But make no mistake about […]

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Four Ways to make it Digital

August 7, 2017

It is possible to turn dead tree (paper) information into electronic digital information. There are four ways to create digital information. Enter it Capture it Scan it Import it Enter it: What this refers to is the process of directly typing or clicking in information. Capture it: Digital capture refers to a process that creates […]

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Five Features of Charting Software

June 22, 2017

Good charting software has many features here are five of the most important. Good charting software eliminates all paper. That means the software must accommodate all the bits of paper data we have stuffed in our patient folders and it must have a method of importing virtually anything either with a scanner or file import function. […]

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Paperless…Not

June 9, 2017

Print…Sign…Scan…Shred is not paperless. Get some help:  

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Electronic Dental Record (EDR)

May 25, 2017

What makes up  a digital patient record or EDR (electronic dental record)? At the basic level there is  the patient census information, health history, the tooth chart, the treatment plan, all the progress notes and financial information. At the next level it is really a lot more than that. A complete digital record will also include any […]

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Registration is Now Open for Carestream Dental’s 2017 Global Oral Health Summit

May 9, 2017

Oral health professionals of all specialties are invited to take their practice to the next level at the 2017 Global Oral Health Summit. This is a two-day immersive learning experience designed for professionals looking to enhance their workflow by either learning more about the software and equipment they already have or by introducing new technology […]

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Person Place or Thing?

May 4, 2017

Is the Front Desk a Person, a Place or a Thing? Once we transfer the data from paper to electronic paperless records, we no longer need a single physical place, like the front desk, to gather the information. An administrator can gather the data where ever there is a computer. That could be at the […]

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Health Data Sharing Is Increasing, But Confidence in Privacy Security Lags

May 2, 2017

From RealClearHealth: More patient health data is being shared for approved purposes, with almost 57 percent of organizations possessing such data reporting sharing and over 55 percent increasing the amount shared. However, these same organizations lack confidence in their ability to protect privacy, increasing reputational and other risks if patient identities are exposed. Source: Health Data […]

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Utah State Dental Convention

April 20, 2017

I am looking forward to presenting on paperless records and digital workflow at the Utah State Dental Convention  next week April 28. Paperless records are just the beginning. Digital technology ultimately empowers dental team members with a more efficient digital workflow, utilizing online communication and electronic services. Digital technology is revolutionizing every aspect of the […]

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Save Money with Flat Rate eClaims

April 3, 2017

One of the truly revolutionary things digital technology and the Internet has been able to do is eliminate the “middle man” to increase efficiency and lower costs. Renaissance Electronic services has done that with e-claims. The product is called “Remote Lite”. The average dental practice spends up to $160 per month on processing claims and […]

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