Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Safe and Sound
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Movin' and Groovin'
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Schooling the Competition
OREM, UT— Curve Dental, developers of Web-based dental software, announced that Midwestern University’s College of Dental Medicine would use the company’s free, Web-based patient education software, CurveEd, in the school’s dental clinic. The software will be used by the school’s dental students to educate their patients on how to achieve better oral health.
“We’re delighted that Midwestern University has chosen to use CurveEd to help their students learn to interact and educate patients,” said Jim Pack, CEO of Curve Dental. “CurveEd is a Web-based solution that removes the hassles and worries associated with traditional client-server software; there’s no installation, upgrade, or backup worries and because the software is so easy to use there’s no need for expensive training or support. Providing the service at no charge makes it even easier for the doctor, hygienist or dental assistant—or the dental student—to put it to use to the benefit of the patient and the practice.”
CurveEd provides more than 60 different dental patient education videos in 3D in 11 different categories. Each video is professionally narrated, covering a wide range of topics from restorative procedures to cosmetic procedures to endodontics. Created by a team of dentists, every video is accurate with regard to anatomy and procedure, but is tempered with a light narrative and artistic style. Patient education helps the dental professional build trust by providing their patients with an understanding of their current oral health condition and proposed treatment and outcomes.
CurveEd allows the dental team to show patient education videos within the practice or send a Web link to their patient via e-mail. When a video link is sent by e-mail, CurveEd tracks what video link was sent to which patient and whether or not the patient opened the e-mail and clicked on the link to the video. Detailed tracking can help the practice build a comprehensive patient history and show proper jurisprudence.
As a Web-based application, CurveEd can be used on a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone and other similar mobile devices. To access the software, navigate to www.curveed.com and create a free account. Once you have created an account, you access the patient education library from any computer with Internet access and a browser. Registration requires little more than a name and e-mail address. Initial registration provides the practice with access to about one third of the library. By simply referring CurveEd to two colleagues the doctor or team member will have instant access to the entire library while giving other dental professionals the opportunity to utilize the free service in their practices.
“I’ve been asked many times if the software really is free,” said Mr. Pack. “It really is free, which is remarkable given the value it can provide to any practice. A better educated patient base increases treatment plan acceptance ratios, which increases a practice’s productivity. CurveEd’s mission is twofold: First to provide a valuable tool that can advance proper oral care and treatment and second, to give more doctors and staff a personal experience with Web-based dental software.”
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Talk is Cheap
Friday, July 22, 2011
eDossea 1.0 gives dental professionals an easy way to securely store patient files, share them between offices, and provide them to dental labs or specialists (the recipients do not have to be eDossea clients). When an office refers patients to a specialist—such as an oral surgeon or an endodontist—or sends cases to a dental lab, there is a need to transfer x-rays and other patient information. This is often done in ways that are unsecure or costly, such as mailing printed records, emailing files, using unprotected online file-sharing programs, or exporting files from patient management software. In addition to the costs of staff time, printing, and possible data loss, these methods can expose the practice to HIPAA violations, fines, and potentially large lawsuits. eDossea 1.0 provides a secure system that facilitates easy sharing of the records within HIPAA guidelines, giving the specialist’s office or dental lab easy access to files while preserving image quality and data integrity.
eDossea 1.0 requires little or no training for staff, does not require special software or downloading, and is available for a reasonable monthly fee. Clinicians can try the service free for 30 days by clicking “Free Demo” at www.eDossea.com.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Want proof? Here are a few of the sites where a host of free goods are lurking, ripe for the taking.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Toronto – June 15, 2011 – “Time” has become a major consideration for Canadian dentists in deciding whether or not to attend the Exhibit Floor at conventions, according to results from the DIAC (Dental Industry Association of Canada) Fifteenth Annual Future of Dentistry Survey.
Overall, almost three-quarters (71.4%) of respondents spent 3 hours or less on the exhibit floor itself during their attendance at a typical Convention with almost one-half (43.8%) spending two hours or less. On the other side of the ledger, almost 30% (28.6%) stated they were visiting the Exhibit Floor for 4 hours or more. Regionally, Maritime respondents spent less time visiting the Exhibits on
average (2.3 hours) while Ontario dentists spent the most at 3.3 hours on average.
This preference for an Exhibit Floor with Ontario dentists was reinforced by the finding that only 49.5% of Ontario respondents would definitely still attend a Convention if it did not have an Exhibit Floor. This response varied noticeably from that of respondents in other Regions with 60-70% of dentists still willing to attend in the West, Quebec and the Maritimes.
In terms of the main reasons why dentists were not attending the Exhibit Floor per routine, “no time” was the primary answer given by 41% of respondents. Time pressures may also be indicated by other responses such as wanting to “attend lectures/courses” instead (18%), wishing to “talk to peers” (5%), “closes too early” (5%) and “too far away” from the lecture areas (3%).
With regard to what is currently influencing respondents on whether to visit the Exhibit Floor, Product Samples were judged the most influential aspect, followed closely by New Technologies, Hands-on Demonstrations and Discount/Specials. Those aspects with the least influence included Contests, On-Floor Events (e.g., Wine & Cheese, etc) and Advance Direct Mail Announcements.
Over 1000 practicing Canadian dentists responded to this year’s survey (similar to the response achieved over each of the previous fourteen years) with a good proportional distribution across all regions of the country. Based on this response rate, overall 2011 survey results have an accuracy of +/- 3.08% 19 times out of 20.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
A Stitch in Time
Monday, July 18, 2011
Gone Baby Gone
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Five Fingered Discount
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Clean Up in Aisle Four
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Best if the Rest?
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
While there appears to be a lot of manual effort devoted to these tasks, health care organizations are having a tough time identifying technology products that will help manage the process. The end result seems to be a growing acceptance that fines associated with compliance and privacy may soon be just another cost of doing business in the health care industry versus something that needs to be addressed by putting in better IT systems to manage the process.
My company has been offering a very reasonable self-assessment package for dentists for quite some time. Feel free to contact me for more info.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
There are plenty of projects we’ve covered that use your computer as a server for other devices. When you’re inside of your network, things are great and they work. When you’re trying to access things from outside of your network, things get significantly hairier, so let’s take a look at why that is.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Hide and Seek
Saturday, July 09, 2011
Oh, I Wish I Were An Oscar Meyer....
Friday, July 08, 2011
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Fanning the Flames
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Webinar on Cloud Computing
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Head in the Clouds
ST. PAUL, Minn. – (July 5, 2011) – Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. introduces CAESY Cloud, an online portal giving instant access to CAESY DVD’s multimedia presentations via the Cloud, compatible with PC and Mac desktop computers, Smartphones, and the iPad, iPhone and iPod. With CAESY Cloud, dental professionals will have access to valuable patient education resources from multiple locations at the same time. While this is a new format of the CAESY Patient Education System, CAESY Cloud offers the same cutting edge technology, with more presentations than any other patient education software on the market. With content accessible through the Cloud, subscribers have instant access to the latest videos and updates.
CAESY Cloud requires no installation; dental professionals can simply sign up for the service by visiting www.CAESYCloud.com to gain access to the presentations for immediate chairside use. A low monthly subscription fee makes CAESY Cloud available to dental practices with little initial investment. All that is needed to access CAESY Cloud is an Internet connection. Network connections between participating computers is not required. After subscribing, users simply visit the website to access the full library of CAESY’s robust patient education presentations.
With the addition of CAESY Cloud, dental professionals now have more tools and more options than ever before, with three delivery formats to choose from — CAESY Cloud, CAESY DVD or CAESY Enterprise. Countless dental professionals have seen how CAESY optimizes staff time, eliminates the fatigue of repeating explanations, and increases case acceptance. With full-motion video, full-color graphics and dynamic 3D animation, CAESY makes it simple for patients to see and understand the message.
CAESY Education Systems has been dentistry’s premier developer of leading-edge patient education technology and content since 1993. Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. acquired CAESY 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, and now CAESY Cloud throughout the clinical and reception areas of the dental practice. The family of products includes CAESY Cloud, CAESY DVD, Smile Channel DVD, and CAESY Enterprise, which includes CAESY, Smile Channel and ShowCase. For more information, visit www.caesy.com or call 1-800-294-8504; to gain instant access to CAESY presentations in your practice, visit www.caesycloud.com.
Monday, July 04, 2011
Sunday, July 03, 2011
Saturday, July 02, 2011
Taking Out the Trash
It may seem like a small tweak, but MiniBin really does make dealing with deleted files easy. Not only can you open up the recycle bin just by right clicking on it, but you can even empty on it just by double-clicking—no showing the desktop necessary. You can also turn on and off sounds, the progress bar, and the confirmation dialog when you empty it by opening up its preferences. It also lets you tweak its CPU usage for older machines, and customize the icon that shows up in your system tray. It's a simple app, but saves you the annoyance of showing your desktop every time you want to deal with the Recycle Bin.
MiniBin is a free download for Windows only.