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Mobile Technology In the Dental Office

As tablets, smartphones and other devices become ubiquitous, dental practices often need to adapt. How can these devices assist with routine tasks and improve workflow throughout the practice? This podcast discusses the use of tablets with MacPractice’s software, and what happens when a patient uses a tablet instead of a clipboard for check-in and record Read More >>

New FDA Proposal Is Another Huge Step for Dental Electronic Prescribing

A recent announcement from the BakerHostetler law firm outlines a new FDA proposal that would require drug manufacturers to post their prescription information in electric form. This easy-to-update database would be available for doctors, drug companies, patients and pharmacists. The FDA stated that the proposal was created because they “questioned the effectiveness of distributing prescribing Read More >>

Software Podcast: The Future of Dentistry

What will happen as technology continues to rock the dental industry? Will the ADA’s prediction on the increase of group practices change the office management for dental practitioners? What does the future of dental technology hold? Mike Uretz asks Bill Jackson of Planet DDS what he expects, and how dentistry will work in the future. Read More >>

Dental Templates in Electronic Records: The Basics

Templates are a way of standardizing information input for electronic health records. There’s a lot of discussion about who should create templates, and how customizable they should be, and whether or not they save time, but the fact of the matter is: structured data requires structured data entry. And health information exchange requires structured data. 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 >>

Secure-Mail Protects Dentist-Patient Confidentiality

Many of the work processes in dentistry are from the era of dentists meeting patients in the exam room, recording items on clipboards, and calling other dentists or doctors where necessary. Trust is and always has been a cornerstone of the dentist-patient interaction, but in the digital era, that trust goes along with a culture 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 >>

Building a Rich, Structured Electronic Dental Record

Many electronic dental records focus on free text fields for patient health information. This leads to a situation where data exchange and standardization are low, which decreases the usefulness of electronic records. Tooth charts sometimes allow only for three types of standardized notation, one per tooth, which leads to a loss of contextual information and Read More >>

Networking Computers for Efficient Care: Case Study of The Clay Center

Clay Center Family Dental Care started small and now has seven operatories. For the past ten years, they’ve worked with Henry Schein for technical improvements and software. One of the key considerations for Clay Center was “integrated and fully tested offerings” that they believe have, over time, “optimized their systems’ performance and increased uptime and Read More >>

Thinking about using Macs in your Dental Office?

Those familiar with the user-friendly design and graphic capabilities of Mac computers may be eager to adopt them for use in the dental office. Dental IT consultant Tom Terronez covers the pros and cons of Mac use in dentistry. For hardware considerations, Macs offer a particular image and appeal for a segment of patients. In Read More >>

Techy Dentist Prefers Open Dental Software

Dr. Marvin is a general practice dentist and a techy one at that, according this video. That said, he prefers to customize his practice management (PM) and electronic health records (EHRs) software programs to meet his dental office’s needs. He has had a paperless office for several years and has used other software in the Read More >>

Cloud Computing at Three Dental Practices

Just as we all vary in the amount of personal business we conduct on the web (shopping, banking, etc.), dental practices adopt cloud computing in a variety of ways. All dental practices using or considering cloud applications need to comply with HIPAA regulations, particularly around email and correspondence with patients and referring dentists. This article 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 >>

Back to Backup Basics of Dental Software

Many dental practices are meticulous in their backup routines, making sure to carry them off-site. Yet they fail to ever check if their backup is functional. Often the problem stems from dental staff not being aware that they need to backup software, not just use a data copy method. This article summarizes an article cited Read More >>

Customize your Dental Office with Open Source

If you have worked in a paperless office for any length of time, you are aware that proprietary software can be constrained by an inability to mold interfaces and features to fit the needs of the practice. For dental practices frustrated by an inability to customize their office systems, open source may be the best Read More >>

EHRs via Mobile Technologies

People are increasingly melding mobile devices into their everyday lives. We check our email, interact with social media, talk on our digital phones, listen to music, surf the internet, conduct banking, make dinner reservations, order merchandise and who-knows-what-else, on our mobile devices. To say that those mobile devices such as phones and tablets are attached Read More >>

Web-Based Dental Software Upgrade Easier

Imagine that the dental office is running perfectly. The software is great; the staff is happy with an office that runs smoothly. There comes a time, probably more often than expected, that the offices practice management (PM), electronic health records (EHRs), and other software programs will need to be upgraded. Upgrades can be dreadful, time-consuming, Read More >>

XLDent: Cloud Service Practice Management Systems

This video is a demonstration of Burkhart Dental Supply’s practice management software called XLDent. This practice management software (PM) offers many features that allow the dental professional to focus on the care of patients rather than spending time with administration. Some of them are online forms and electronic check-in, alert systems, electronic communication to all Read More >>

New Technology Hinges on Practice Management Software

While new technology is exciting, if it does not integrate with your current practice software, you may not see an adequate return on investment. New technologies all build upon well-developed practice management software. You might be considering becoming a paperless practice with check-in kiosks, or you may just want to utilize social media marketing and Read More >>

An Overview of Dental Office Systems

For dentists wearing a multitude of management and clinical hats, dental office software has the potential to alleviate many tedious daily tasks. Yet, many practitioners are not using systems they already have to their full potential. Often work that could be automated is still being performed manually. This article provides an overview of dental office Read More >>

Dental EHRs: Hardware and Software Task-Oriented Integration for Optimal Performance

Most, if not all, dental offices use many technologies and associated software: digital radiography, intraoral imaging, computers, paper-based and electronic health records (EHRs), and practice management software, just to name a few. Dental specialists may use all of these and more depending on the specialty. While all of this is great for patients and providers, 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 >>

A Prototype Touch-Screen Dental EHR

This video is a demonstration of a touch-screen dental electronic health record (EHR). It was designed by master’s degree students as a Human-Computer Interaction Capstone project at Carnegie Mellon University located at Pittsburg, PA. “The project is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Center for Dental Informatics (CDI), part of University of Pittsburgh School of Read More >>

Technology’s Role in Support of General Dentistry EHR

In this qualitative study conducted by Irwin, et. al., “A preliminary model of work during initial examination and treatment planning appoints,” the authors discuss their findings of how technology has assisted and/or hindered the dental practices’ ability to provide effective and efficient patient care. Researchers observed several general dentistry offices in discovery of workflow issues 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 >>

Web-Based EHR Benefits Oral Surgery Practice

Dr. Bruce Bohannan is a private practice oral and maxillofacial surgeon with two offices in Burlingame and San Jose, California. In this video interview, he shares the benefits his practice, staff, and patients have in using Recordlinc,  a web-based electronic health record (EHR) for dentistry. Lessons learned: • Receive information such as referrals, xrays, written Read More >>

EHR Models: Traditional Licensing or SAAS?

Deployment of an EHR boils down to essentially two models: traditional licensing and software-as-a-service, or SAAS. Each has its benefits and drawbacks. While they share many similarities, their differences could be the deciding factor in choosing one over the other. Regardless of the model or system, negotiating the contract is primary to developing a successful 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 >>

Dental Cloud EHR and HIPAA Security

As with any entity that uses and maintains protected health information (PHI), breaching HIPAA can mean extensive disciplinary fines that could potentially terminate a small private dental practice. “The HIPAA Security Rule state that any entity that creates, receives, maintains, and transmits protected health information (PHI) is required to ensure confidentiality, integrity, availability of the 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 >>

Dental: Ensure Solid Cloud Cover

Healthcare organizations are increasingly viewing cloud computing as a viable way to use electronic health records (EHRs). Software-as-a-service, or SAAS, has shown, in many respects to be successful as an economical method to make electronic records available among the incentive driven health system. “Cloud computing makes a compelling case for healthcare providers. After all, the Read More >>

A Dental Office Without Electricity

“Today’s office without Information Technology is like yesterday’s office without Electricity…  Today’s Practice without an Electronic Oral Health Record is like yesterday’s office without a Copy Machine.” When Farren Hurwitz stated this at the 2012 CPCA HIT Summit, it made waves. Health Choice Network has invested in electronic records, as the inevitable wave of the Read More >>

Your Dental Patient Data and Cloud Based Services

Cloud-based services can offer great advantages providing a reduction in the need for on-site tech support and guaranteed backups. However, the contract for cloud-based EHRs deserves careful consideration. Who owns your patient data, when it is hosted by a different organization? Does the contract allow the data hoster to anonymize, search, and/or share your patient data? 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 >>

Transition to Paperless Dentistry

The Hudson River HealthCare dental clinics serve teeny mouths: children. So when they decided to take on electronic records, they had to consider how it would impact the many still-growing patients in their region. They decided on Dentrix G2, and have many practical recommendations in the slideshow below, which chronicles their adventures until they were Read More >>

Transition to Dental EHRs Step by Step

The decision to transition to dental EHRs will benefit the practice as well as the patients. As with any major process, the planning stage is crucial to success, followed by incremental milestones to keep the momentum going. The following steps can serve guidelines when tailoring a program to implement electronic health records in the dental Read More >>

Dental System All Smiles with EHR

Kool Smiles provides dental services to underserved communities in many areas throughout the United States. So when they were able to implement an electronic health record (EHR) system utilizing thin-client computing applications that would be efficient as well as cost-effective, they were all smiles. “With its superior virtual client infrastructure, as well as workflow, and Read More >>

What do dentists want in a dental EHR?

The information needs of dentists are distinct from other health professionals. The clinical and workflow interaction demands close analysis to understand how EDRs should be built and can be used most effectively. With that in mind, Song et al. interviewed 18 dentists in Pittsburgh. In particular, the dentists reported that “the needs for better visual Read More >>

EHRs and Dental Coding

To take on and effectively use an EHR, dentists have to become renaissance men. Running a small practice requires marketing, accounting and other skills, but now it also demands knowledge of metadata management and data storage. The ADA’s SNODENT’s terms for EHRs will assist in managing the data to meet the expected standard of care, Read More >>

Web-Based Solutions for Dental EHRs

Web-based management software for electronic health records (EHRs) and practice management systems is a viable option primarily for smaller and private dental and medical practices. These solutions are becoming more popular and may trend towards larger organizations as technology innovations advance. They are a practical, cost effective and secure way to manage the practice’s administrative tasks Read More >>