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Maximize Your Practice with MaxDent Pro

October 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off

Computers should make our lives easier, but sometimes, they introduce a whole new set of complications. If you’re a Mac user, you know this all too well. You love the machine itself, but have become frustrated trying to find software options that fit your needs. Enter DDSMac, LLC. This group of dentists formed a business […]

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Tags: Administrative · Business of Dentistry · Managing Your Dental Team · Paperless Office · Patient Privacy/HIPPA · Practice Management · Uncategorized

Smile Reminder at AACD

May 6th, 2010 · Comments Off

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Tags: Administrative · Paperless Office

Paperless Digital Charting

November 26th, 2007 · Comments Off

Good charting software has many features. One of the most important is that is eliminates all paper. That means the software must accommodate all the bits of paper data we stuff in a chart and it must have a method of importing virtually anything either with a scanner or file import function. If some bit of paper possibly a lab slip or patient letter must be stored in a folder then you have lost one of the primary benefits of an electronic chart.
Another important feature is full integration. That means that each item is entered one time and then transfers to where ever else it is needed electronically. For example a procedure will progress from diagnosis to charting to treatment planning to scheduling to treatment to insurance to payment. This is called single entry. If the user has to re-enter information such as procedure codes, tooth numbers or fees at any stage then the software is not fully integrated.
Good charting software must accommodate all the information we used to record on paper. That includes existing restorations, conditions, diagnostic findings, treatment plans, periodontal probings and tissue conditions, tooth surfaces, materials and procedure notes.
Charting software must be easy to use. Every mouse click or keystroke slows down the process and makes the program harder to use, which means it doesn’t get used. The more the user can customize the chart the easier it is to use. That means the user can create shortcuts, eliminate features they don’t use and designate functions for each button.
Data entry needs to be fast and easy. The standard is still mouse clicks and keystrokes however faster more intuitive entry methods are available. Like voice; we’d all like to talk to our computer just like Star Trek. Some charting programs allow users to speak in clinical findings like pocket depths, tooth conditions and restorations. Another alternative entry is touch, instead of clicking a mouse the user touches the screen. Another option available on Tablet PCs is “Ink” a special function that allows users to write or draw on the chart just as if it was a piece of paper.

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Tags: Paperless Office · Software

Great Video

November 26th, 2007 · Comments Off

Kodak Practice Works [1].

[1] http://kodak.cnpg.com/dental/videos/practiceworks/

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Eliminating Dead Tree Charts

November 11th, 2007 · Comments Off

It has become fashionable on the Internet to refer to traditional newspapers as “dead tree” media. This of course refers to the many thousands of trees that are cut down every day and used to make paper. If you are using traditional paper charts then you are using “dead tree” charts. There is a better way.
It is possible to turn dead tree (paper) information into electronic digital information. There are four ways to create digital information.
Enter itCapture itScan itImport it
Enter it: What this refers to is the process of directly typing or clicking in information.
Capture it: Digital capture refers to a process that creates or captures information (usually images) into an electronic format. In dentistry the best examples would be digital photographs and digital radiographs.
Scan it: A scanner is a hardware device that converts hard copy papers into soft copy digital information.
Import it:  Data import does not create new digital information. It is a function that allows users to add already existing digital information to a patient record. The difference between scanning and importing is that scanning starts with a piece of paper. Importing never goes through a paper phase.

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Tags: Administrative · Paperless Office