Entries from December 2005
December 31st, 2005 · No Comments
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December 30th, 2005 · No Comments
It’s that time of the year. In case you need some help, following are seven new years resolutions you need to consider for 2006
Education and Training: Resolve to learn about something you may not know much about but you know it will help you be a better dentist. Like maybe using computer technology in the office. If that doesn’t work for you maybe learn about non metal restorations or using a diode laser.
Learn a new software application: This does not have to be dental. Learn how to use Word, or Excel or Quick Books or PhotoShop or Dreamweaver.
Treatment room Network: If you don’t have it yet make 2006 the year you put computers in the treatment rooms.
Add one major office function to the computer: This could be just about anything for example, charting work to be done, creating all progress notes in the computer chart instead of on paper, digital radiographs, online financing, e-calls. It is so easy to just get by with the status quo make a resolution just to do one thing then hopefully others will follow.
Back up and Security: Review and update your security systems as needed. That means network wide antivirus, with frequent updates, a network firewall, updated passwords and redundant off site backup of all critical data.
Check this blog several times a week! This should be self evident.
Loose weight: Why not it’s on everyones list anyway.
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December 27th, 2005 · No Comments
Dental Town has posted the winners of the 2005 Townie Choice Awards. Follow the link here Townie Choice Awards  for details.
Below are the winners in the Practice Management Category. I was very happy to see four of my favorite companies represented, that is; Sally McKenzie, Care Credit, Caesy and Dentrix. On the other hand I have very little respect for HPSC.
2005 Townie Choice Awards in Practice Management
Category Winner Dental Marketing – Dental Marketing New Patients, Inc. – New Patients, Inc.
Equipment Finance – Equipment Finance HPSC, Inc – HPSC, Inc
Patient Finance – Patient Finance CareCredit – CareCredit
Practice Management Consultants – Practice Management Consultants McKenzie Management – The McKenzie Company Software – Patient Education CAESY Education Systems – CAESY Multimedia Patient Education Software
Software – Perio Charting Dentrix Dental Systems – Dentrix Dictation
Software – Practice Management Dentrix Dental Systems
Check out results for: 2003 | 2004 | 2005
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December 24th, 2005 · No Comments
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December 21st, 2005 · No Comments
“Every few hundred years throughout Western history, a sharp transformation has occurred. In a matter of decades, society all together rearranges itself – its worldview, its basic values, its social and political structure, its arts, and its key institutions. Fifty years later a new world exists. And the people born into that world cannot even imagine the world in which their own grandparents were born. Our age is in such a period of transformation. If history is a guide the transformation will be complete in 2010 to 2020.”
December 20th, 2005 · No Comments
DPR announced they are sponsoring a second Digital Radiography Congress: May 11–12, 2006 in New York at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott. The inagural meeting in 2005 was a major event that some people saw as a turning point in the history of digital radiography. Mark your calendars now, more to come.
December 18th, 2005 · No Comments
From Ross Nash, I thought you might want to hear the history behind Acquamed Technologies, Inc. I have been working with Al Bevilacqua for about eight years. He first contacted me to consult with him on his desensitizer. He is the inventor of Acquaseal desensitizer. He retired for a couple of years, but about a […]
December 16th, 2005 · No Comments
Now is the time to decide on whether to raise your fee’s for 2006 and by how much. It is best to raise your fee’s yearly in small increments than to raise them significantly every few years. Most practice operating costs are rising at 4% per year, so if you don’t raise fee’s by at […]
December 15th, 2005 · No Comments
Francine Hardaway is a remarkable person with unusual insights into the developing hi tech business world. She writes a weekly e-column. the latest edition is here Stealthmode Partners: 
at some time in our lives wewill all be customers of the health care industry. And yes, much as we liketo think of nuns running hospitals and Marcus Welby making house calls,health care is an industry, becoming more so every day.
Read the whole article  for some interesting insights into the conflicting desires and expectations of people when it comes to healthcare; for example:
if you are a patient, somebody’s cost containment is your decreased access to care. Health care is an industry that is putting out a luxury, high end product very few of us are able to afford…Market discipline and market models applied to health care often conflict with the traditional mission of keeping everyone alive and well for as long as possible.
December 14th, 2005 · No Comments
I have decided to replace my old over the patient units with a state of the art DentalEz rear delivery system. However I have a BIG problem. All the plumbing connections, air, water, vacuum and electricity come up through the floor under the chair, In order to move the connections I will need to pull up all the flooring, saw and jack hammer out the concrete, lay new plumbing, re-pour the floor and re-carpet. And I will need to do it in six rooms.
What a nightmare, it will completely shut down the office for weeks and cost well over $1,000 per room. And that is just the beginning, I’ll need to move some walls, run some wires, move the electrical connections.
However just as there has been a revolution in dentistry and technology there is an ongoing revolution in office space construction. The revolution in interior space begins. with raised flooring as shown in the photo that puts voice, data, electric, plumbing, building management, fire, life and safety systems under your feet in 2.5″ of space. There is also a 4″ version. You can run connections anywhere and plug in anywhere over the entire floor plate. And when things change in the future it is an easy matter to move, add or change any of the connections.
The raised flooring partners with movable walls to reduce construction time by as much as 60%. And it allows complete flexibility.
In my office we will be able to make the change over in days instead of weeks at about half the cost of conventional construction. To see more go to the SMED website at www.smednet.com.  The name is now Nexus from Hayworth. However this link still gets you there.
Tags: Office Design