While at the MidWinter meeting, I had a chance to meet with Matt Dorey, the founder of Curve Dental and take a look at some of the things they've been doing with the program.
In case you haven't heard, Curve is a web based practice software. This means you only need a web browser to make it run. It works on the same principle as online banking. They store your data and you access it via the web.
Curve has been making inroads into dentistry for about 18 months now, and the company has improved their product in many ways since I first saw it. However, what I saw in Chicago was truly amazing...
In order to become a complete system, Curve has had to battle the "imaging problem". While data is easy to upload & store, practices are also taking radiographs, intraoral, extraoral, and digital caries detection images. All of which need to be stored & retrieved. The big question, until now, was how can Curve handle this? What I saw was something I'd never seen before in any industry. Curve has developed a way to take a digital x-ray sensor and run it through a browser! That's right, they can connect a sensor, have it recognized by the computer, and send the images to the Cloud without any type of third party acquisition software. Personally I've never seen anything like it before.
Now granted, what I saw was a demo with preloaded images. The reason for that being laws prohibit the use of x-radiation. However, if this all works as advertised, Curve has overcome one of the big things that they needed to overcome to be able to go mainstream. Stay tuned!