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The Future of Online Dental Case Collaboration

As digital communications increase and penalties for failing to comply with HIPAA increase, what do dentists need to anticipate? What will the future of dental digital communications hold? Mike Uretz speaks with Rohit Joshi, CEO of Brightsquid, to find out what one technology visionary predicts is up-and-coming for dental offices. Between outsourcing, digital design, implant Read More >>

Secure HIPAA Compliant Email and Communications in Dental Software

Electronic communications continue to increase. How can dentists be HIPAA-compliant and still meet patient needs? Mike Uretz interviews Rohit Joshi, CEO of Brightsquid to discuss dental electronic communications and secure patient data transmission. Between dental offices, referrals from general dentists to specialists and back again has become a predominantly online process, and this reduces errors Read More >>

Cloud Imaging: One Example

Integrating X-rays and images into the dental EHR is a key user need. Dentists do not have the time or desire to open multiple applications and switch between them. Some dental software integrates images from many sources, often using the DICOM imaging standard. The video below demonstrates how one dental practice management and electronic health Read More >>

Working with Dental Labs: Key Communication Technologies

In 2006, a research article found that communication between dental laboratories and dentists was inadequate and hampered fabrication (Afsharzand,  Rashedi & Petropoulos). In 2008, the ADA found that eighty-seven percent of dentists returned dental work to a laboratory because it was not correct (Soderlund, 2010). As implants rise in popularity, in part due to the Read More >>

Transitioning to Digital Sensors: Anticipate Costs

Are you considering using digital sensors for your imaging? Digital radiography is becoming a norm in the dental environment, so it’s probably wise to consider the move to the higher technology. The transition to digital sensors may be a step in the right direction in upgrading from traditional radiography techniques. However, this transition may also Read More >>

Protect Your Dental EHR Software

Transitioning your dental office into a more highly technological, efficient, and smooth running operation is a major investment that will affect how your office practices both now and in the future. Simply selecting the hardware such as computers and imaging equipment, and the software, such as practice management (PM) and electronic health records (EHR) is Read More >>

Benefits of CBCT

Cone beam computed axial tomography, or CBCT can be described as a multi-tasking radiography machine. With everything this machine can do, dental professionals can examine and evaluate just about anything related to the teeth and gums, including the whole mouth. CBCT has many benefits that can be appreciated by dental professionals for improving their patient’s Read More >>

Oral Surgeon Impressed with Carestream Dental’s Cone Beam CT System

Chris A. Larson, DDS, is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Garden Grove, California. He has been in practice for many years and had been using traditional radiography procedures and techniques. After carefully evaluating the options, he chose Carestream’s CS9300 cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) system. It has features that he finds helpful in diagnosing Read More >>

Carestream Logicon provides Dental Clinical Decision Support

Clinical decision support for dentists in the form of caries detection has received a great deal of publicity in recent months. Carestream recently introduced the Logicon Caries DetectorTM Software version that seamlessly integrates with Carestream imaging software. While there is no substitute for a thorough oral exam, caries detection technology adds evidence based quantitative Read More >>

Build a Business Class Dental Technology Platform

Hardware falls into three categories: home, business and enterprise class. Home systems are for intermittent use and entertainment, while enterprise hardware serves medium to large companies. Dental practices fit into the business class category. Business class computers are not found in retail stores. Unlike consumer products, they are built to run day-in and day-out. Currently, Read More >>

Invest in High Quality Dental Software Systems

In this video, Timothy A. Brown, President and CEO of ROI Corporation, discusses the reasons to invest in and select high quality dental software systems. At some point, the dentist may be ready to sell the practice. Dental practices that have kept abreast with the most current high digital technologies and software while running an Read More >>

Make Practice Management Software and Digital X-ray Integration a Priority

As a state-of-the-art dental practice you can set yourself up for successful integration of digital x-rays, touch screens and other technologies by first adopting a major practice management software vendor with a good reputation for providing support. Ask questions, plan ahead and have an IT consultant on board before implementing a paperless practice. The author, an Read More >>

Every Dental Practice Should Use Digital Radiography

The many technological choices facing dentists choosing software may make digital radiography seem like a big hardware and software investment. However, the available digital radiography tools are not only sleek and helpful, but becoming more and more important, as this summary of the article cited below reveals. Converting or upgrading to digital radiography is the Read More >>

Digital Radiography Improves Patient Comfort, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Dr. Ann Fishel is a cosmetic dentist from Houston, Texas. She is very pleased with the high level of care she can provide since using digital radiography. Panoramic imaging allows her to view all of the patient’s teeth. She uses intraoral photography and is able to obtain images that can be manipulated for better viewing Read More >>

Florida Dental Group Embraces Digital Radiography

This dental group from Delray Beach, Florida uses digital radiography and finds many advantages. The patients receive safer and faster diagnosis since the x-rays are available quickly once the image is taken, while the patient is still present to discuss symptoms and procedures. The environment is protected better without the need to use film and Read More >>

Texas Dentist: “There’s No Downside to Digital Radiography”

Dr. Mark Sweeney, a dentist from Austin, Texas, applauses digital radiography and couldn’t imagine caring for his patients without it. “If you’re having x-rays taken with film in a dental office, you need to find a new dental office.” He is an early adopter to digital radiography and is grateful for having attended a course Read More >>

Office-Based Cone Beam CT

It is becoming increasingly common to find dental offices that have all the latest and greatest technological innovations. Even general dentists may practice dentistry with new tools and their associated software. One of these improvements is the inclusion of the office-based cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). As a 3-dimensional radiological study, it offers better visualization Read More >>

X-Rays and Intraoral Images in the Dental EHR

These videos are tutorials that demonstrate managing X-rays and intraoral images in the dental electronic health record (EHR). Part one of this two-part series shows the ‘chart tab’ of an EHR and walks the user through including radiological imaging into a patient’s record. “The Chart tab on the patient document allows for a visual reference Read More >>

Choosing Dental Imaging Software for your Practice

Selecting digital imaging software has many considerations, ranging from price to integration with existing systems. What key variables do you need to consider to evaluate and select the right X-ray software for your practice? Dr. Lavine has some tips, summarized here. Less than 50% of practices are using digital X-ray software right now. That’s staggering, Read More >>

Digital Imaging Transforms Dental EHRs

If your dental practice is still using film and all the chemicals to process dental radiology studies, you are missing out on delivering better patient care. Improving dental health and ultimately overall health, your oral health often tells tales about any systemic issues that may be lurking. Dental professionals must invest in progressive care by Read More >>

Benefits of Dental EHRs and Digital Radiography

Digital radiography is an important diagnostic part of practicing dentistry. Used routinely, it offers many benefits to delivering quality patient care. Integrated into the EHR, it plays a critical role in improving a patient’s oral health. Digital radiography also assists dentists in educating patients about issues regarding their dental care. “Now, there is a greater Read More >>

Digital Photography and Wireless Technology

Wireless technology has pretty much become ubiquitous. Everyone uses it on a variety of devices. However, when it comes to sensitive healthcare information, the issue of security comes into play. The federal law HIPAA doesn’t take to kindly to breaches. Dental professionals, and in particular, the orthodontic specialties, use digital cameras to take photographs and Read More >>

Digital Radiography Improves Dental Diagnosis

Digital radiography is taking over the task of film in the dental office. Dentists like it; patients like it; it’s better for the environment; it’s just better hands down for the dental practice. Yet, there are still dental offices that lag for a myriad of reasons: expensive to convert or upgrade, questionable learning curve, and/or Read More >>

3D Imaging: Cone Beam Computed Tomography

Cone beam computed tomography, or CBCT, is a type of 3D dental imaging. The images produced allow the dental professional to see the whole mouth including soft tissue for improved diagnostics. The imaging will also have its place in the patient’s electronic health record (EHR). It is gaining attention in the wider dental community thanks Read More >>

Digital Dental Practices Better for the Environment

Dental offices utilize equipment and processes that could be detrimental to the environment. In an effort to be more green and to save money in several different ways, upgrading to or being digital from the start is the smart thing to do. According to Brad Dykstra DDS, MBA, a private practice general dentist in Hudsonville, Read More >>

Benefits of Digital Panoramic Radiography

Digital panoramic radiography offers dental diagnostics benefits by providing views of the whole mouth, teeth, upper and lower jaws. It also may include imaging of the sinuses. While it isn’t always necessary to have panoramic x-rays taken, it is an efficient diagnostic tool. Dentists gain valuable knowledge to current and potential dental and oral health Read More >>

Benefits of Intraoral Digital Radiology

Having x-rays taken of the teeth is a necessary and essential part of the visit to the dentist. This imaging technology is primary in improving diagnostics, discovering cavities and other dental issues because it takes pictures with the “film” inside of the mouth. This film is generally a small, sterilized-covered device that replaces the uncomfortable Read More >>

Digital Cameras for Dental Photography

Dental professionals need to take pictures and sometimes videos of patient’s teeth and oral cavity for a variety of reasons. A picture often is an excellent descriptive tool the dentist shares with a patient as well as with other dental providers and specialists. They may be shared with medical providers too, if appropriate. The images Read More >>

Benefits of Dental EHRs and Digital Radiography

Digital radiography is an important diagnostic part of practicing dentistry. Used routinely, it offers many benefits to delivering quality patient care. Integrated into the EHR, it plays a critical role in improving a patient’s oral health. Digital radiography also assists dentists in educating patients about issues regarding their dental care. “Now, there is a greater Read More >>

How Clinical Software Assists Case Presentation to Patients

Once clinical software that focuses on patient dental problems and needs is in place, what else is possible? Dental EHRs that contain robust clinical information allow multiple uses of that data. One potential use, explored by Justin Moody in the article cited below, is to enhance case presentation to discuss treatment options with patients. In Read More >>

Benefits of Cloud Storage for Dental Images

The first 30 minutes of this video by Dr. Lavine goes over the changes, benefits and side effects of using the cloud to store dental information. Many practices already use web-based practice management software, but store images and radiography locally. But if you’re storing 20 photos a day (not a large number!), that adds up Read More >>

Models to Consider for Securing Dental Cloud Data

Talk about putting EHRs in the cloud has been loud and constant. But what are the key issues for ensuring security and safety of data stored in a cloud application? What considerations do EHR buyers need to be aware of? “Three principles are critical for ensuring privacy of patients and the content authenticity and source Read More >>

ROI in Dental Cloud EHR

The dental profession is often managed by a dentist or two, a hygienist or two, and an office person or two. The fact is many dental offices are small private practices. Perhaps the dentist is slowly stepping into retirement. Maybe the current dentist is thinking about selling the practice. They, in all likelihood, sport a Read More >>

Case Western Reserve’s Electronic Imaging and Translational Research

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Dental Medicine made the decision to switch to electronic dental health records, including for all imaging and diagnostic information–even panoramic, cephalometric, and intraoral sensors. The Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) that they chose was made by Infinitt and is web-based. Kathy Kincade’s article chronicles the decision-making process, Read More >>

Negotiating Dental Cloud Contracts

Choosing to go with cloud storage offers a number of benefits and time-savings for dental, hospital and ambulatory groups. However, it come with an added negotiation, that of the contract for cloud storage. Pam Baker provides an article assessing common “gotchas” in those contracts, things to avoid. Her article is summarized here, and referenced below. Read More >>

Dental EHR Implementation: Factors and Outcomes

The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) at Houston Dental Branch implemented electronic patient records for all dental clinics, and a team of researchers interviewed them approximately four months after implementation, conducted surveys pre- and post-implementation and read through project documents to construct a case study of pitfalls and successes. Being a large institution, Read More >>