Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Vista is Out
Monday, January 29, 2007
Online Word Processing and Speadsheets
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Dell Jumps the Gun
Friday, January 26, 2007
Killer Monitor Deal
Thursday, January 25, 2007
A Blank Slate
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
The Secret To My Success
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Bringo It On
Amazing New Web-based Service Builds Dental Practices with Virtually No Effort
BRINGOdentist.com has dentists smiling all the way to the bank
with revolutionary technology that gives them a profitable way
to find and book new patients in just minutes
CHICAGO-Jan. 22, 2007-Dentists who need patients, and patients who need dentists now have a revolutionary new way to find each other, thanks to BRINGOdentist.com. Launched today, this first-of-its-kind service combines Internet and telephone technologies to help patients connect and schedule appointments with quality local dentists, while giving dentists a risk-free, cost-effective way to rapidly build their practices.
"Often the biggest challenge for dentists has been finding and attracting new patients," says Steven H. Keller, DDS, a 30-year dentistry veteran and Advisory Board Member for BRINGO. "BRINGOdentist.com is an exciting new service that directly matches dentists with patients based on their location, preferences, and immediate needs. With no up-front costs, why wouldn't a dentist join?"
BRINGOdentist.com has no upfront costs, membership fees, or risks-and dentists who join now will receive five free patient phone calls. Here's how it works, and what it costs:
· Dentists sign-up at BRINGOdentist.com, and are reviewed through the site's strict credentialing process (see screen capture).
· Patients seeking care log in to BRINGOdentist.com and enter when they want an appointment, how far they are willing to travel, their payment method, zip code, and telephone number (see screen capture).
· Within seconds, the patient receives a phone call from BRINGOdentist.com confirming their request and availability (see screen capture).
· Upon confirmation, BRINGOdentist.com's proprietary matching technology starts contacting dentists that match the patient's requests, and relays the pre-qualifying information to the office receptionist (see screen capture).
· The receptionist can then accept or deny the appointment request by pressing a number on their telephone keypad. If they accept the patient, BRINGOdentist.com immediately calls the patient, and instantly connects them with the office receptionist. Then-and only then-is the practice charged about $30 for the service. And dentists who sign up now will receive five free patient calls (see screen capture).
"There's never been an easier, faster, less costly way for dentists to fill their waiting rooms," says Mark Grazman, Principal and Co-founder of BRINGO. "Every day, 220,000 people go online to find a new dentist. BRINGOdentist.com quickly connects dentists with these potential new patients, using nothing more than the phone they already have. And since dentists can track how many calls and new patients come from BRINGOdentist.com, they'll have a clear picture of their return on investment. Direct mail and ads are costly, and there's no guarantee they're reaching the intended audience. BRINGOdentist.com is the answer."
BRINGOdentist.com is now actively soliciting dentists nationwide to sign up for this service, and hopes to boast active traffic in five to 10 major U.S. cities within the next six months. To sign up, dentists simply visit http://www.bringodentist.com/dentist.
Founded in 2006, BRINGO is a healthcare technology company focused on helping consumers connect with local healthcare professionals. BRINGO quickly and efficiently helps people find qualified, experienced health care professionals in their local areas. For more information, visit www.BRINGO.com.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Of course, unless you know for sure that all of your applications have been tested and work with Vista, I obviously recommend a wait-and-see approach.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Saturday, January 20, 2007
A Storm Is Brewing
Friday, January 19, 2007
Movies on Demand
Thursday, January 18, 2007
A Great Idea
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
New Backup Service
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
USB Drives Get Larger
Pricing should be around $180. True, that same price gets you about 20X more storage with an external drive, but don't be surprised to see Flash drives become the standard backup medium in 2-3 years.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Saturday, January 13, 2007
New Epson Printer
Friday, January 12, 2007
Spam, Spam, Spam
Here's a great primer on what you can do to lighten the load. Some of it is technical, but much are steps you can easily follow to give yourself a spam break.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Kodak is Sold
Here's the press release:
Kodak to Sell Health Group to Onex for up to $2.55 billion
Sale fulfills strategic intention to focus investment, increase financial flexibility
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 10 -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to sell its Health Group to Onex Healthcare Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Onex Corporation (TSX: OCX), in a move that will sharpen Kodak’s strategic focus on consumer and professional imaging and the graphic communications industry.
Under terms of the agreement, Kodak will sell its Health Group to Onex for up to $2.55 billion. The price is composed of $2.35 billion in cash at closing, plus up to $200 million in additional future payments if Onex achieves certain returns with respect to its investment. If Onex Healthcare investors realize an internal rate of return in excess of 25% on their investment, Kodak will receive payment equal to 25% of the excess return, up to $200 million.
Because of tax-loss carry forwards, Kodak expects to retain the vast majority of the initial $2.35 billion cash proceeds. The company plans to use the proceeds to fully repay its approximately $1.15 billion of secured term debt. Other potential uses of the cash proceeds are under review and will be discussed at Kodak’s previously announced investor meeting, scheduled for February 8.
About 8,100 employees associated with the Health Group will continue with the business following the closing. Included in the sale are manufacturing operations focused on the production of health imaging products, as well as an office building in Rochester, N.Y.
Kodak’s Health Group, with revenue of $2.54 billion for the latest 12 reported months (through September 30, 2006), is a worldwide leader in information technology, molecular imaging systems, medical and dental imaging, including digital x-ray capture, medical printers, and x-ray film.
Onex Corporation, based in Toronto, is a diversified company and is one of Canada’s largest corporations,with annual consolidated revenues of approximately C$20 billion and consolidated assets of approximately C$20 billion. Onex has global operations in health care, service, manufacturing and technology industries. The health care operations include emergency care facilities and diagnostic imaging clinics.
“Kodak’s Health Group is a business with significant market presence and intellectual property assets,” said Antonio M. Perez, Kodak’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “This sale maximizes shareholder value by obtaining a full and fair valuation for this business, and allows Kodak to increase its financial flexibility.
“We now plan to focus our attention on the significant digital growth opportunities within our businesses in consumer and professional imaging and graphic communications,” Perez said.
Perez noted that Onex brings significant financial resources to invest in the Health Group business and to ensure its continued success.
“Onex is an ideal acquirer of Kodak’s Health Group because they understand the health industry and are committed to growing the business for the benefit of customers and employees,” Perez said. “I’m very pleased that we have such a favorable outcome for all of our constituents.”
“This is a great opportunity to acquire and grow a business that has established an impressive record in delivering innovative solutions to customers around the world,” said Robert M. Le Blanc, an Onex CorporationManaging Director. “Kodak’s Health Group has an exceptionally strong management team and we share this team’s vision for the future. We recognize that growth is critical and that digital technology is the future, and we believe strongly that customers and employees must continue to be a top priority.”
Subject to regulatory and other approvals, it is anticipated that the sale will close in the first half of 2007.
Goldman, Sachs & Co. acted as financial advisor to Kodak on the sale of its Health Group and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP provided legal counsel. Lazard Freres & Co. provided a fairness opinion in relation to the transaction.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
NEA Fast Attach
National Electronic Attachment, Inc (NEA) Offers FASTLOOK
January 8, 2007 – National Electronic Attachment, Inc. (NEA) of Atlanta, GA (www.nea-fast.com) announced today the launch of FASTLOOK, an ALL Payor attachment lookup accessible via the Internet. NEA partnered with the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) of Dallas, TX (www.nadp.org) to develop this unique solution to concerns raised by organized dentistry and providers about the complexity and accessibility of payor attachment requirements NEA and NADP are committed to reducing the cost, confusion and paperwork related to paper claims for both Providers and Payors. “Our partnership with NEA will help our members offer a valuable service to dental offices and practice management companies,” states Evelyn F. Ireland, CAE, NADP’s Executive Director.
NADP members anticipate this relationship will reduce unnecessary radiographs and other attachments for Providers and dental offices using the FASTLOOK service. What this means to a Provider sending a paper claim is, the Provider can look in FASTLOOK by Payor and determine exactly what or if an attachment needs to be sent. Until now, only Payors receiving electronic attachments posted requirements on the NEA FastAttach website for access by providers submitting electronic claim.
We are very pleased to announce our relationship with NADP. NEA is proud to have led the process in bringing this service to dental Providers and Payors in the marketplace,” states Tom Hughes, NEA’s CEO. NEA’s FASTLOOK product gives all dental offices the ability to know requirements of the nation’s dental Payors.
National Electronic Attachment is the nation’s largest electronic attachment company. NEA’s premier product FastAttach™ enables healthcare claims attachments to be transmitted, via the Internet, to NEA’s repository where insurance companies are able to view the images on NEA’s web site, in support of electronic claims. NADP is the leading trade association in the US dental benefits industry. NADP’s member dental plans provide benefits to 132 million of the 163 million Americans with dental benefits or 81% of the total dental benefits market. NADP members offer various lines of dental benefits including DHMO, DPPO, Dental Indemnity and
Discount Dental plans.
NATIONAL ELECTRONIC ATTACHMENT, INC.
4588 Winters Chapel Road, Suite 200
Atlanta, Georgia 30360-2827
Phone: 770.441.3203 ¨ Fax: 770.441.3204
8111 LBJ Freeway, Suite 935
Dallas, Texas 75251-1347
Phone: 972.458.6998 ¨ Fax: 972.458.2258
Monday, January 08, 2007
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Saturday, January 06, 2007
More Dexis News
Des Plaines, Illinois, January 3, 2007 Imaging Sciences International has been acquired by Danaher Corporation and joins KaVo®, Gendex®, DEXIS® and Pelton & Crane® as part of Danaher’s group of market-leading dental equipment companies. Imaging Sciences, which is based in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, manufactures, sells, and markets the i-CAT® Cone Beam 3-D dental imaging system, which is the market leading 3-D dental imaging solution for general practitioners and dental specialists.
Imaging Sciences' i-CAT has the ability to capture views of critical anatomy, including bone structure and tooth orientation. This imaging technology enables dental professionals to improve patient care by more accurately planning procedures such as implants and oral surgery, creating more predictable outcomes, and reducing treatment time and radiation. These advantages have driven the adoption of Cone Beam 3-D dental imaging solutions along with the steady growth in general dentistry, implant procedures, oral surgery, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) analysis, periodontal and orthodontic procedures.
Imaging Sciences’ President, Ed Marandola, said, “We are extremely excited to become a key part of the leading dental equipment team, and we are confident that this transaction will solidify i-CAT as the top choice for dental practitioners in need of a value-creating 3-D imaging solution.”
Bob Joyce, President of KaVo Gendex North America, stated, “Adding the number one 3-D imaging product line to our 2-D offerings from Gendex and DEXIS demonstrates our commitment to dental professionals at a time when practitioners increasingly recognize the need for the powerful information these systems provide. Imaging Sciences’ talented professionals will help us continue to deliver unsurpassed product performance, quality and customer service to dentists worldwide.”
In North America, i-CAT is exclusively distributed through Sullivan Schein Dental™, a Henry Schein division. i-CAT is distributed outside the U.S. by several other distributor partners. For more information on Imaging Sciences, visit www.imagingsciences.com.
Friday, January 05, 2007
Dentrix Merges with Dexis
The formal announcement is probably a day or two away, but I have it on very good authority that there has been a merger between Dentrix and Dexis. Under the terms of the merger, Dexis will take over all the digital components of Dentrix's business: the Image, Easy Image, and Clarity (Vipersoft) software, the ImageRayi and EasyRay sensors, and the ImageCam IOC.
What does this mean for users? Not really sure yet. According to what I heard, Dexis is taking over the manufacture and development of those systems. But, considering that Dexis has their own sensor and software, I cannot foresee any long-term situation where they will continue to produce competing lines of sensors and software. If I had to make a guess (and, it's just a guess), I would expect them to phase out of the Dentrix line over time.
This really isn't a huge surprise. When Schein started to market Dexis about 18 months ago, there was obviously something bigger in the works. And, considering that Image (Vipersoft) really hasn't had a major facelift in over 5 years, it makes sense for them to use the Dexis software. Dentrix has always been a practice management software company and if this agreement allows them to focus on that part of their business, it will hopefully be for the best.
It should be an interesting year...