Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Don't Click that Link!
Monday, October 29, 2007
Leopard vs. Vista
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Sync It Up
A short blurb from their website:
SyncToy, a free PowerToy for Microsoft Windows, is an easy to use, highly customizable program that helps users to do the heavy lifting involved with the copying, moving, and synchronization of different directories. Most common operations can be performed with just a few clicks of the mouse, and additional customization is available without additional complexity. SyncToy can manage multiple sets of folders at the same time; it can combine files from two folders in one case, and mimic renames and deletes in another case. Unlike other applications, SyncToy actually keeps track of renames to files and will make sure those changes get carried over to the synchronized folder.
Read the rest and download it here.
Friday, October 26, 2007
More Dell Goodness
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Dell Does Staples
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Get it Done
Monday, October 22, 2007
Share and Share Alike
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Online Office Manager
On-line office management service reduces embezzlement risks and cuts overhead costs
New service one-of-a-kind in the dental profession
For Immediate Release – An all new service by Online Dental Manager (ODM) provides office management utilizing the Internet to connect to the office’s practice management software. Billing, receivables, coaching, collections, and payable are all managed remotely by ODM’s experienced staff. ODM can help the doctor decrease payroll overhead and employment taxes while adding protection from fraud.
The ODM staff can access the office’s practice management system using secure and password-protected encryption software via the Internet. On a daily basis ODM will perform all the regular office management functions that an on-site office manager might perform, or assist an on-site staff member in completing these tasks. ODM’s experienced staff and proprietary approach to management and organization can perform these daily tasks in a significantly shorter amount of time. At the end of the day the doctor receives a set of reports that provide a comprehensive report of the day’s activities.
ODM can help a doctor reduce the risks of fraud and embezzlement. A daily, off-site connection to the dental practice provides an immediate accountability trail. Because no one person has responsibility for receivables and payables, ODM creates a natural "check and balance" system.
ODM was founded by Dr. Rob Thorup and Debbie Lamb, a veteran dental office manager. After Dr. Thorup discovered his long-time office manager had been defrauding his practice, Dr. Thorup turned to Ms. Lamb, who proffered the idea that she could manage Dr. Thorup’s Utah-based practice remotely from her Las Vegas, Nevada home. After experimenting with different types of Internet-based connections, Dr. Thorup and Ms. Lamb perfected a reliable and secure solution with vender partners Dental Design Systems, and then applied their collective practice management experience to develop processes and procedures that would allow daily tasks to be completed quickly and remotely.
“On-line Dental Manager can help my colleagues protect their dental practice finances from employee misconduct, provide the highest level in managerial services, and do it all at a significant savings,” said Dr. Rob Thorup, one of ODM’s founding partners. “Utilizing today's technology with our highly trained team members, ODM can increase your office manager's capabilities, allow you to completely manage your office with one auxiliary team member, save you money on payroll expenses, and increase practice revenues through proven management tactics.”
ODM’s value-added service will cost most offices $600-$1200 per month for comprehensive services, plus a one-time start-up fee. “Because of ODM's years of experience with insurance coding, product and procedure differentiation, and other shared business opportunities, every ODM client is pleasantly surprised with an increase in direct revenue,” said Dr. Thorup. “We help our clients save money, make money, and protect money.”
Doctors and staff can learn more about ODM’s services by visiting www.onlinedentalmanager.com or by calling toll free 877-788-6361.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Tools Of The Trade
Thursday, October 18, 2007
New Dental Center
Dental Innovation Center to be Built
FARMINGTON, CT: October 15, 2007 – The Center for Research and Education in Technology Evaluation (CRETE) has announced the creation of a model state-of-the-art dental innovation center that will bring the most current services, technologies, equipment, and products to dental education. The practice-oriented education and continuing education facility, to be housed at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, will be the first such center in the country developed through a partnership between the dental industry and a dental school.
The CRETE Innovation Center will be constructed to allow equipment and products to be easily changed as new technologies are developed and readied for evaluation in a practice setting. The facility will contain a reception area, and dental operatories for demonstrating new procedures, teaching novel technologies, and showcasing new products, to ensure that dental students have experience with next generation dentistry. The operatories will be equipped to allow broadcasting to locations within the dental school as well as remote locations. The broadcasting of procedures in real time will help manufacturers accelerate their research and development process. By avoiding costly mistakes, manufacturers will be able to expedite the flow of products into dental practice.
A unique feature of the CRETE Innovation Center is that it will be administered by a board composed of representatives from the dental industry, the dental school faculty, and dental students. The board will have oversight of all operations and management. This governance arrangement is designed to promote the introduction of the next generation equipment and products into dental schools and to facilitate their introduction into dental practice.
CRETE is actively seeking partners to assist in the creation of the Innovation Center by donating products, funding, or expertise through participation on the Planning Board. To learn more and find out how to participate, contact Dr. Ed Rossomando at 860-679-2622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Home is Where the Heart Is
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
New Caesy Released
ST. PAUL, Minn. – (Oct. 15, 2007) – Offering over 280 multimedia presentations and 21 different topics, Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. introduces CAESY Enterprise 6.0, the newest version of server-based patient education software. The debut of CAESY Enterprise 6.0 features nine hours of content, including two hours of Smile Channel video content and seven hours of CAESY multimedia presentations, making it the most comprehensive, up-to-date choice for patient education. CAESY Enterprise 6.0 offers smooth controls for enhanced navigation and bright, new graphics for both CAESY and Smile Channel, the reception area program included with CAESY Enterprise.
The Smile Channel video loop now features six new and 14 updated presentation topics, as well as the return of Invisalign programming. Users also can now customize the presentation playlist for specific patients in the waiting room. Plus, the latest edition of Smile Channel features the original programs, Hayley, featuring educational interviews in a talk show format; and Science in Dentistry, which answers patient questions and delivers valuable health information.
"With a diverse assortment of dynamic presentations and streamlined menus, CAESY Enterprise 6.0 enables practices to conveniently educate and entertain patients – from the front office to the operatory and beyond," says Michelle Anderson, Patterson Technology marketing manager.
CAESY Enterprise 6.0 integrates seamlessly with Patterson EagleSoft clinical and practice management software, making them an excellent combination for practices interested in optimizing the latest in technology to promote a well-rounded patient experience. Additionally, CAESY Enterprise 6.0 can serve as a marketing tool by enabling users to produce practice-branded CDs to attract new patients and garner referrals from the existing patient base.
CAESY Education Systems has been dentistry’s premier developer of leading-edge patient education technology and content since 1993. CAESY was acquired by Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. in May 2004. The award-winning multimedia information on preventive, restorative and esthetic treatment options helps dental practices worldwide educate their patients and grow their practices. The CAESY content is distributed via video and computer networks or DVD players throughout the clinical and reception areas of the dental practice. The family of products includes CAESY DVD, Smile Channel DVD, CAESY Printables, CAESY Pediatrics, and CAESY Enterprise, which includes CAESY, Smile Channel and ShowCase. For more information, visit www.caesy.com or call 1-800-294-8504.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
The Best Products at the ADA
Product of the Show
This one was kind of easy, as the criteria I used was to see which product had the most people crowded into their booth. The hands-down winner was the E4D, which was shown in the Schein booth. While I could have awarded this award to them the past few years, the product was never close to shipping and I took a wait-and-see approach. Well, the waiting is over. I was told that they have 100 units in production and have already oversold the mandatory training class, so expect to see these hit the street in November. You have to really sit down with one to get a feel for it, but they have some very unique features, such as the ability to superimpose the real teeth in the software rather than drawn teeth, and the ability to use the system like an iTero to take “impressions” and have the restorations created somewhere else. I wasn’t a huge fan of the tiny keyboard, but that’s a minor quibble.
In other highlights:
Belmont was showing their ADR Digital Upgrade Kit. Many of the companies I’ve worked with in the past for pan conversions cannot handle the X-Caliber EX-1000, so this is a welcome addition to the field.
Speaking of digital pans, Planmeca was given FDA approval last Friday night at the show for their newest digital pan, the ProOne. This appears to be targeting the lower end of the cost spectrum, although no word on whether this will be replacing the Proline XC.
I continue to be impressed with the Sikka Dental Practice Optimizer. If you are setting your fees based on anything other than good data (and, your neighbor’s fees or raising you fee a set % each year doesn’t qualify), you owe it to yourself to get this program.
Ivoclar was showing the newest addition to their diode laser line, the 3Watt. This is a really nice soft tissue laser from a company that has been doing this a long time.
Claris had their USB intraoral camera, the i310D, on display, and I still say what I’ve been saying for years: this is the best USB camera out there, period.
While Claris is the best USB portable camera, best image quality still goes to the Imagin cameras, and they were showing their newest member of the family, the HotRod.
A Digital pan/ceph I hadn’t seen before, the BelmaX CM from Belmont, was on display. You can also get this system without the ceph arm.
With the explosion of Cone Beam or 3-D imaging, it’s been my experience that the software has a long way to go. That’s why I continue to recommend Dolphin for managing these images.
The PreViser system is one of the easiest and most comprehensive systems for evaluating a patient’s risk for periodontal disease, and they have made some exciting new changes to their software.
My favorite digital x-ray company, XDR, was in full force and their booth was jammed as always. They had some excellent show specials and I continue to support small companies like this with great products and a commitment to customer service.
TouchFree Computing had an interesting product, CleanKeys. It’s a glass keyboard that is surprisingly responsive to the touch. The glass allows you to completely wipe it down between patients, which is not something that any other keyboard can claim.
While I still write for most of the dental journals, the online forums are where you’ll find the latest and greatest info. You should check out DentalCompare, which is becoming more popular every day.
While I still have some hesitation about using Mac computers in dentistry, there’s little doubt that MacPractice is the cream of the crop. This program has made huge strides since I first saw it a few years ago (and they seem to have dropped the “DDS” after the program’s name).
Sirona was showing their cone-beam system, the Galileos, with the new software. The software seems to be a major improvement over the past version.
Gendex had their new x-ray head, the expert DC, on display. The previous version, the 765DC, did not have a great track record so I was glad to see that they have corrected the problems with a new system.
I saw an interesting product called the Win Teleseminar Series. It seems to be a cross between practice management and personal growth to improve your life and practice.
AFP was showing their latest 3-D system, the NewtomVG. Unlike their 3G which requires the patient to lie down and a large room, this is a stand-up unit about the size of most digital pans.
Another cool product was the Third Eye. This is basically an intraoral camera that you attach to your patient light, thus freeing up your hands during an exam. They have a ton of recording options, such as recording exams to a DVD. Very slick.
I saw the newest version of the Dental Rat, a hands-free footpedal for recording periodontal exams. The new unit is much smaller and offers a wireless option as well.
Florida Probe had their newest version here as well. This is easily the finest system on the market for periodontal probing, and it now links to pretty much every practice management software.
An apparent newcomer to the field of online dental CE was HDiQ Dental. The content isn’t great yet, but they seem to be adding more all of the time.
A really cool “why didn’t I think of that?” product that I saw was the Magic Clamp. It was developed over in France and I’m not sure who will be selling it here, but it takes a standard rubber dam clamp and adds large side phalanges, which keeps the tongue and cheek out of the way. A very “high tech” low-tech product.
There were a number of companies showing their cone beam systems all in one area. I still believe that the Picasso is a name you’ll be hearing more and more about over the next few years. The new system, the Master, will offer a sitdown option and larger field of view.
Steve Seltzer was showing his latest version of the Technology Lighting Center, formally known as the Chair Potato. This is an excellent system and has the highest “wow factor” of any product that we routinely install for offices.
Another cone beam system that I didn’t know much about (but, my friend Dr. Steve Buchanan, swears by them) is the J.Morita system, the 3D Accuitomo. The images they had in their booth were outstanding.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Staying in Touch
One of the age-old dilemmas that face dentists is how to access data from your home. Remote access works great, but sometimes it's tough to setup and difficult to transfer files. For some offices, having a VPN makes sense, as this allows your home computer to act as if it were part of your office network. The problem is that VPNs are challenging at best to install. Enter WallCooler, a very easy-to-use software VPN that works great and is free! You should definitely give this program a look.
Friday, October 12, 2007
New Kid on the Block
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Your favorite TV show is coming on at 9 PM so you need to clear your calendar to make sure you are free to watch it, right? Puh-leeze! That is so last century. Assuming you don't have Tivo, here are Six Ways to Catch Your Favorite TV Shows...and I think they are all free.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Ten Tips for Trouble
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Banta Consulting offers the secret to practice success.
October 15, 2007 Grain Valley, MO – Do you want the secret to success for your practice? Lois Banta, CEO of Banta Consulting, may have the answer. Ms. Banta is proud to introduce her new team of specialists, Anastasia L. Turchetta, RDH and Laci L. Phillips, rounding out her suite of consulting services.
Ms. Turchetta has worked in the dental field for over 19 years, and has been making waves on the speaking circuit with her energetic emphasis on health and wellness issues as well as assisted hygiene. Ms. Phillips brings 15 years of dental experience with her emphasis on Technology in the Dental Office to the team for the past 5 years. This power packed consulting team embraces proven techniques to grow doctors’ practices to the next level, utilizing a team based philosophy to practice management strategies, evidence based hygiene services and the most current technology.
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Patch Tuesday is Coming
Monday, October 08, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
A Little Fun
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
Please let me know if there are any products, services, or topics you want me to cover for the future.