Thursday, January 31, 2013

Firefox Releases Phone… But Only for Developers

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Tons of people use the Firefox browser as an alternative to Internet Explorer or Safari.  With flavors for both Windows & Mac, the browser has become the "go to" for lots of computer users.  There are even a mobile version for Android although Firefox did pull it's iOS version from the App Store a while back.
 
Now comes word of a true mobile operating system from Firefox.  The OS is already running a new type of smart phone, but alas even a diehard geek like me can't get my hands on one, although I'd love to see one in my hands… at least for a while.
 
The reason?  Firefox has created a limited number of these devcies and they are getting them to developers so that they can develop apps for the device.
 
If you like to read the entire announcement with all the details, it's available here.  Otherwise, here is some info from the website announcing the phone:
 

Firefox OS is a new mobile operating system built entirely using open web standards. In Firefox OS, HTML5 apps can do “phone things” – they can make the phone vibrate, make a phone call or send a text message.

This week we are announcing our new Firefox OS developer preview phones because we believe that developers will help bring the power of the web to mobile. These developer phones are being developed by Geeksphone in partnership with Telefonica. We are looking to make them available inFebruary.

Updated: Added the two phone models and their specifications below.

The Keon model

  • CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 1Ghz
  • UMTS 2100/1900/900 (3G HSPA)
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (2G EDGE)
  • Screen 3.5″ HVGA Multitouch
  • 3 MP Camera
  • 4GB ROM, 512 MB RAM
  • MicroSD, Wifi N, Light and proximity Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS, MicroUSB
  • 1580 mAh battery
  • Over the air updates
  • Unlocked, add your own SIM card

The Peak model

  • CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.2Ghz x2.
  • UMTS 2100/1900/900 (3G HSPA).
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (2G EDGE).
  • Screen 4.3″ qHD IPS Multitouch.
  • Camera 8 MP (back) + 2 MP (front).
  • 4 GB (ROM) and 512 (RAM).
  • MicroSD, Wifi N, Light and proximity Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS, MicroUSB, Flash (camera).
  • Battery 1800 mAh.

Developer preview phones will help make the mobile web more accessible to more people. Developers are critical to the web and to Mozilla’s mission to make the web accessible to everyone. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide use Firefox to discover, experience and connect to the Web. A web based on open standards and open technologies. We couldn’t have done this without web developers. Now we are working on bringing the power of the web to mobile, through Firefox OS, along with all the power of open standards and an open community, and once again, we’d like to invite web developers to join us.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Twitter Buys Vine - Video Sharing App

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Twitter has acquired Vine which is a video sharing app.  
 
The app allows users to easily create and share 6 second video clips which can be several small clips combined together.
 
I'm curious to see where this goes as a 6 second video doesn't' seem like much, but a 140 character Tweet didn't seem like much a few years ago either.
 
Here is the announcement from the Vine blog:
 

Posts on Vine are about abbreviation — the shortened form of something larger. They're little windows into the people, settings, ideas and objects that make up your life. They're quirky, and we think that's part of what makes them so special.

We're also happy to share the news that Vine has been acquired by Twitter. Our companies share similar values and goals; like Twitter, we want to make it easier for people to come together to share and discover what's happening in the world. We also believe constraint inspires creativity, whether it's through a 140-character Tweet or a six-second video.

Although we've joined Twitter, you don't need a Twitter account to use Vine (but signing up is a little quicker if you do!). We are thrilled to be part of Twitter, and look forward to the opportunities we can pursue together in the future.

Starting today, Vine is available for free, worldwide, on the iPhone and iPod touch.

Go make a scene. We think you'll love it.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Apple Adding 128Gb iPad to 4th Gen iPad Lineup

I was looking at the memory capacity on my now seemingly old 64Gb iPad 3 the other day and I was dismayed to see that I have over 50Gb of the memory taken.  Needless to say that's a bit depressing, but when you factor in all the apps that I use, the apps the family likes, movies, music, etc it just doesn't really take that much to start filling these things up.

 

That got me to thinking… if *I* can do that , what about others that are living and dying with these devices.  Some folks don't even have a notebook anymore.  They've opted instead to go with just an iPad as their primary device.

 

Well, to the rescue comes Apple with the announcement of the 128Gb 4th generation iPad.

 

It will be available on February 5th (next Tuesday) in black or white, starting at $799 for the WiFi-only model and $929 for the WiFi + Cellular version.


For those of you like me who keep managing to fill up every device you own, I'll see you in line at the store...

Monday, January 28, 2013

Google Creating New Wireless Network

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It seems that Google is working on creating a new type of Wifi at its Mountain View, California home.
 
The whole thing came to light when Google applied for an FCC experimental license recently.  The "experimental radio service" covers a 2 mile radius which will more than cover their entire corporate office.
 
The interesting thing is that current Wifi networks use either 2.4GHz or 5 GHz frequencies and the new Google network is utilizing a frequency of 2524 to 2625 megahertz.  However, many countries that are developing new wireless networks that are using these frequencies.
The speculation is that Google is working toward building hardware that will work with these systems and thus ensure a toehold in these markets.
As someone in the KC area, I find it interesting that the first building on the Google campus to use these frequencies will be the one that houses the Google Fiber team who have brought screaming fast Internet connections to the Kansas City area.  That couldn't be a coincidence or anything right?  I didn't think so either...

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Thanks to All at the Rocky Mountain Dental Conference

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I've just returned home from the Rocky Mountain Dental Conference in Denver.
 
The RMDC is a great meeting.  It's very well run and the Denver Convention Center is a really nice venue to have a meeting.
 
If  you ever get a chance to attend, this is a really great regional meeting.  Denver is a beautiful city, the people are friendly, and heck it was 65 degrees when I got there!  Add to that the fact that you are about 1 hour away from world class skiing and it makes it one of those "must get to" dental meetings.  I'll be back in 2014 and I think this time I'll plan on heading to Keystone for a few days on the slopes after I'm done!
 
i did 2 lectures there and had an absolute blast.  We discussed "Day to Day Technology to Improve Your Practice" and "Cone Beam Imagining and  How It Is Changing Dentistry".  The folks who attended had great questions and even managed to laugh at my jokes.  I love questions when I'm lecturing and these folks had some really good ones.  All in all it was a really great time.  I just wish I could've stayed longer.  Unfortunately, one hour after I was done, I was in a cab heading to the airport.  Such is the life on the road that I lead.
 
If you get a chance to make the RMDC, do it!  You won't be sorry!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Common Signs of Oral Cancer

I was reading a research paper written on oral cancer recently. As most of you probably know, I'm very passionate about the subject. We perform an oral cancer screening at every routine hygiene visit in my office. I also try to include information on screening & screening devices in many of my lectures.

What I read recently was a listing of things for patients to look for/be aware of and I wanted to pass them along:

Common signs of oral/pharyngeal cancer include:

A sore or lesion in the mouth that does not heal within two weeks
A lump or thickening in the cheek
A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsils or lining of the mouth
A sore throat or a feeling that something is caught in the throat
Difficulty chewing or swallowing
Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
Numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth
Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable
Chronic hoarseness

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, please visit a dentist and have it checked out. Better to be safe than sorry!


- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Friday, January 25, 2013

AMD LASERS’ Founder Recognized with 2012 Regents Technology Award

 

Indianapolis, IN – (January 23, 2013) – AMD LASERS, a global leader in dental lasers and dental laser education, announced that the company’s founder and president Alan Miller, has been awarded the 2012 Regents Technology Award from the International Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics for innovative developments that make the practice of those professions related to facial esthetics more effective, more efficient and more available.
 
“When we think of the single most significant advance in the dental profession over the past 5 years, we keep coming back to the popularization of the soft tissue laser.  This has been, simply put, a quantum leap in the amelioration of services to our patients,” said Dr. George Freedman, co-founder and regent for the International Academy of Facial Esthetics. “Chairside diode lasers expand the clinical horizons of every general practitioner and specialist, making patient treatment better, faster, and easier and more comfortable”. “Alan Miller’s conceptualization and development of the affordable dental diode laser, has single-handedly transformed the minor dental surgical experience for millions of patients throughout the world, and has improved dental practices forever,” added Freedman.

Alan Miller expressed the company's appreciation for the award. "I am truly honored to receive the Regent Award.  Picasso Lasers represent a fantastic tool that makes dentistry affordable and practical for every practice.  The real winners are the doctors and patients. I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to serve this wonderful profession and am surrounded by many talented and caring individuals at AMD LASERS who share a common goal, supplying a quality product with the best customer service possible. On behalf of the team members at AMD LASERS, thank you IADFE!” says Miller.

This most recent award joins a growing list of industry honors earned by the company including the most popular laser, 2012 CR Report, The MIRA award in innovation, DentalTown’s Townie Choice Award for 2012, 2011, and 2010, Dentistry Today’s Top 50 Technology Products for 2012, 2011, and 2010, Dental Products Report’s "Top 100" for 2011 and 2010, Dental Products Report’s "Editor's Choice" for 2011 and 2010, Dental Product Shopper Magazine’s "Best Product" for 2010 and 2009, the Dental Advisor's "Editor's Choice Award" for 2010 and 2009 and many others for innovation, design, technology and company growth.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Chicago MidWinter Meeting Announces Mobile App!!!

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I just love the Chicago MidWinter Meeting.  It's a great meeting run by a great group of individuals at the Chicago Dental Society.
 
Every February for as long as I can remember, I've headed to the "Windy City" to one of the best dental meetings on the planet!!!
 
Manufacturers usually announce lots of new products in Chicago, so the meeting is one of those  places where new product hounds like me just have to be.  There's also great lectures, tons of fun things to do, and plenty to see.
 
This year, I'll be giving 2 courses on Thursday, both are the same course, my 1/2 day version of "Day to Day Technology to Improve Your Practice".  It's one of my favorite talks as it is a constantly changing presentation featuring the latest cutting edge devcies and ideas that I've gotten my hands-on.
 
Along the lines of tech, the purpose of this post is to tell you that the Chicago Dental Society is making it even easier to stay organized for this year's meeting with a downloadable app from Crowd Compass.  Here is all the info you need:
 
The brand new mobile app  
All Midwinter Meeting info at your fingertips

Get the latest information about the 148th Chicago Dental Society

Midwinter Meeting delivered to your fingertips using our

free Midwinter Meeting app. 

Find information on courses, speakers and exhibitors simply by tapping your mobile device screen.   The Midwinter Meeting app is compatible with all major brands of mobile devices. 

Simply click here when using your mobile device or tablet to get started. You will be directed to a page that recognizes the device you are using and will automatically download the correct version of the app. (Blackberry users can use the shortlink to download the new CDS 2013 app).

Please note: If you downloaded the app from previous Midwinter Meetings, you will need to delete it and download the version for 2013.

Questions? If you need technical support or have any questions, please email support@crowdcompass.com.

Mobile Website
 
The new mobile website
While our full site is still available, CDS is making things easier by offering a mobile website. This website will load more quickly allowing you faster access to what's most important when you're on the go. 

Find information on:

  • The Midwinter Meeting
  • CDS news
  • Dental events
  • The CDS Foundation
  • Branch activities 
  • Classified ads 

From your smartphone or tablet, bookmark www.cds.org/m.  

 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Eco-Dentistry Association Will Hold Industry’s First Green Dentistry Conference™

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This spring, the Eco-Dentistry Association will hold its first conference at Sundance Resort in Utah.  I'll be speaking there along with my good friends Dr. Paul Feuerstein & Dr. Marty Jablow.
 
 
Sundance is an absolutely stunning  place.  Neither written descriptions or even photographs can begin to bring across the beauty of the property.  I've been there 2 or 3 times and I am just as thrilled each time I go as I was the first time I was there.  If you have the opportunity, come on out to the conference.  You'll be glad you did!  Here is all the info:
 

Ground-breaking event will focus on opportunities presented by high-tech, green, wellness based dentistry 

 

Berkeley, CA (January 22, 2013) The Eco-Dentistry Association® announces today that it will hold the industry’s first dental conference devoted exclusively to high-tech, environmentally sound dental practices.  The event will take place May 3 and 4, 2013, at the stunning, eco-friendly Robert Redford Conference Center in Sundance, Utah, part of the Sundance Resort. Continuing Education credits will be available and attendance is limited to the first 100 registrants. 

 

The 2013 Green Dentistry Conference will showcase the information and products dental professionals need to create and maintain state-of-the-art green practices. “A” List dental speakers include Gary Takacs of Takacs Learning Center, who will share the essentials of branding and marketing a green dental practice, as well as dental technology gurus Marty Jablow, DMD, Paul Feuerstein, DMD, and John Flucke, DDS who will talk about how dental technologies reduce waste and save energy, and boost the practice bottom line.  With a generous sponsorship from US Bank, Bill Roth, noted sustainability author and speaker, will lead a break out group called “Green Builds Business.”

 

The conference will offer panel discussions on everything from building and financing a high-tech, green dental practice to creating a successful green hygiene program. Unique, small group, hands-on opportunities with dental technology such as lasers and CAD/CAM systems will also be available.  

 

The 2013 Green Dentistry Conference will offer attendees something rarely found at dental conferences: promoting the overall health and wellbeing of the dental team. Optional morning yoga and meditation will be available for all attendees and there will be presentations focusing on the importance of work-life balance to support personal and professional success.   

 

On Sunday, May 5, attendees will have the option of hiking in the 6000 acres of pristine wilderness adjacent to the Sundance Resort, enjoying fly-fishing, golf or the spa.

 

Customizable sponsorship opportunities are available for companies offering green dental, green building, or wellness products and services.   

 

Discounted early bird registration opens Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 at www.ecodentistry.org/conference. Contact info@ecodentistry.org or call 510-841-1229 for additional details. 

 

 

 

About the EDA

The EDA offers dental professionals’ practical tips on incorporating eco-friendly dental methods and practices, and offers the public access to dental professionals that share their values of wellness and environmental stewardship. The organization was co-founded by Dr. Fred Pockrass, a dentist, and his entrepreneur wife, Ina Pockrass, who together created the model for eco-friendly dentistry, and operate their own award-winning dental practice in Berkeley, California, the first in the country to be certified as a green business. They formed the organization to stimulate a movement in the dental industry to employ environmentally-sound practices, like reducing waste and pollution, saving energy, water and money, incorporating wellness-based methods and the best technological advances in dentistry. 

More information can be found at www.ecodentistry.org

 

 

About Sundance Resort

The Sundance Resort has a rich history of environmental conservation and was created by long time conservationist Robert Redford. Nestled at the base of 12,000-foot Mt. Timpanogos, Sundance is a destination resort located on 6,000 acres of preserved wilderness. Sundance is dedicated to maintaining the balance of art, nature and community, and offers diverse mountain recreation experiences and encourages the cultivation of art and self-expression. Visit http://www.sundanceresort.com/ to learn more. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

CAO Gadgets Help You Track Your Stuff

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We all have limitations with our memories.  It seems that the faster our lives move, that the more information we are forced to process, that the more help we need remembering things.  It's a simple matter of storage.  The mind is like a bucket and the bucket has a limited capacity.  If you begin to fill it with water, at some point in becomes full and as you add more water the excess begins to spill over the sides and is lost.
 
It's pretty much the same with our brains & information.  The more you try and squeeze into it, the more is squeezed out & lost.  Because of that, many people are looking for car keys, phones, gadgets, pets, you name it.
 
To help with all the clutter of info in our lives, the CAO group is creating wireless sensor tags that can monitor lots of different things in your life within lots of different parameters.  These sensors can be attached to lots of different items and measure things like movement, temp, and angulation.  When these parameters change, to settings that you indicate, the devices contact you via your Android device or iOS device.  The parameters can be completely set by the user.
 
The little devices are only $15 each so cost isn't really an issue, which is always nice.  I could see these becoming fairly commonplace and handy.
 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Dr. Newton Fahl at the Center for Esthetic Excellence in 2013

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Dr. Newton Fahl has just announced that he will be joining the Center for Esthetic Excellence (CEE) faculty in 2013. Dr. Fahl’s course, “Artistic Direct Veneers: Far Beyond the Ordinary”, will be on October 7-8 in downtown Chicago. The CEE faculty for 2013 features many of the top educators in dentistry including Dr. Bud Mopper, Dr. Corky Willhite, Dr. Jason Smithson, Dr. Dennis Hartlieb and Dr. Daniele Larose. This world-renowned educational facility is a place for dentists to learn esthetic techniques in a small and nurturing class environment. The lecture and hands-on format is designed to enhance your clinical skills so you can immediately practice what you learn. To be a part of the CEE and its programs that are dedicated to the continuous advancement of esthetic dentistry, call us at 800-837-2321 or visit the CEE online at www.cosmedent.com.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Catching Up...

This has been a pretty crazy week for me.  I had to finish my article for the February issue of Dental Products Report and then prepare for 3 lectures and hit the road!

 

I just returned from the Southwest Dental Conference in Dallas, Texas where I lectured for  1 1/2 days.  If you follow me on Twitter (@jflucke) you may have seen a few tweets with the hashtag #SWDC2013 that dealt with the meeting.

 

I was *really* busy at the SWDC and that's the reason for the lack of blog posts.  I also have a pretty full plate today, but I'll be working on getting some good info up in the next day or so.  I've been cranking out a decent amount of research on some new things to tell you about, both dental and non-dental.

 

So enjoy your Saturday and check back in the next 24-48 hours as I backfill in some posts and get ready for the week ahead!

Friday, January 18, 2013

D4D Continues to Innovate

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While in Dallas attending the Southwest Dental Conference this week, I had a chance to have a meeting and then dinner last night with some of the smart folks at D4D Technologies.  They are the ones who created the E4D CAD/CAM system.
 
The meeting allowed me to see how D4D continues to do amazing things with their research & development.  I'm legally bound not to disclose what was discussed, but suffice it to say that this group of amazingly bright individuals continues to innovate and look at things with a uniquely "outside the box" perspective that I've developed a great deal of respect for.
 
A few years ago I got a chance to spend a couple of days with the management team, R&D folks, and customer support team while visiting their facility.  I was impressed then with the company and honestly that respect only continues to grow.
 
If you have ever wondered what it's like to see the heart & soul of what these people do, get in contact with their corporate office.  They are known to give tours to interested doctors & teams, so if you are thinking of owning a CAD/CAM system, give them a call.
 
For all the info on E4D, head on over to the company website.  

Thursday, January 17, 2013

American Dental Association Pleased With UNEP Treaty Outcomes

The American Dental Association (ADA) is very pleased by the agreed upon provisions related to dental amalgam included in the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) proposed mercury treaty.

No restrictions were placed on the use of dental amalgam. Patients around the world will continue to have access to this safe, durable, affordable treatment for tooth decay. Instead, the treaty called for a "phase down" approach to dental amalgam.

The FDI World Dental Federation, comprised of more than 200 national dental associations including the ADA and dental specialties, and the International Association for Dental Research have long supported a phase down approach to the use of dental amalgam to be accomplished by focusing on preventive strategies to reduce the disease that causes tooth decay. A reduction in tooth decay decreases the need for all cavity-filling and other restorative materials, including dental amalgam.

The American Dental Association issued a press statement from President Robert A. Faiella, DMD, MMSC and posted an ADA News story on the treaty developments.

This email has been distributed to all members of the American Dental Association.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

1-800-DENTIST Upgrades Their Services

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I received some info recently from 1-800-DENTIST.  As many of you know, for years the company has been a referral system for offices looking to increase their number of new patients.
 
In a nutshell, a patient calls 1-800-DENTIST and the customer service rep determines their geographic location and dental problem.  Based on these, and other, factors, the rep then pairs the caller with a dentist to help the caller with their problems/needs.
 
I received an email from the company recently to announce they are planning on doing even more.  Now the company is expanding to include the following services.  This info is directly from the email they sent me.
 
PatientProducer® our flagship product, continues to help grow your patient base with new patient leads. You choose how many leads you want, pay only for the leads we generate, and your production is 100% guaranteed.

PatientActivator® sends automated patient communications via email, text and live phone call (recorded in your voice). Our award-winning software is proven to increase production, reduce no-shows and support patient loyalty.

ReputationMonitor® displays all of your practice’s patient reviews, listings and social media mentions – from hundreds of major websites – all on a single screen, allowing you to track, repair and respond to them in real-time. It’s the easy, effective way to boost your online visibility and protect your reputation in just minutes a day.

WebDirector® is our newest product, and creates dynamic dental websites, dedicated mobile sites and matching pages on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – all at one low price. There are no hidden fees for customization, social media branding, or mobile-optimization, and we provide unlimited live support at no extra charge.
 
ReActivator® helps you reconnect with dormant patients, unlocking the hidden production in your patient files. Our highly trained team will call your inactive patients after hours to invite them back to the practice and get them back on the schedule. Your team saves valuable time while reclaiming recurring revenue.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

It Happens to All of Us...

Sometimes patients tend to think that those of us in the profession of dentistry have it a little bit easier when it comes to dental problems.

 

Often we hear comments about a staff member's perfect smile and how dentistry just seems to be saturated with beautiful white teeth, perfectly straight, zero defects.

 

I know it can appear that way, but trust me when I say that dental problems can happen to anyone.  Want a true story?  Good!

 

Today we were holding our morning staff organizational meeting.  Every morning, before seeing patients we go over the day's schedule and make sure that everything is set to ensure that things go according to plan, waits are minimized, instruments are in place, etc.  It's a nice 15 minutes that gives us a chance to help make sure that everyone seen that day has the best experience possible.

 

Today, during the organizational meeting, I was having a snack while we reviewed all the details.  Suddenly I noticed something a miss in my mouth.  It seems a piece of porcelain had sheared from my upper left second premolar.  The resulting sharp edge was no picnic and neither was not having a slot to put me  in today.  We ended up smoothing the rough spot to get me by and I'll have to have the porcelain removed & replaced in the not too distant future.

 

So don't despair as it happens to us all.  I only wish it didn't...

Monday, January 14, 2013

Project Shield May Just Push Handheld Gaming to New Levels...

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Here is a pretty cool idea courtesy of the smart minds at NVIDIA.  The device pictured above is called Project Shield.
 
It's a hand held gaming system that utilizes a controller that feels and plays in a way similar to a PS3 or Xbox controller.  The difference, of course, is that the device also has an attached 720p retinal multi-touch display.  That's high def in your hands, folks.
 
To run games it sports the world's fastest mobile processor which is the custom 72 core NVIDIA GeForce GPU Quad-core A15 CPU.
 
It can connect to Wireless N Wifi speeds and the whole thing is running Android's latest OS called Jellybean which basically allows it to run anything in the Google Play store.  That means games and any other app you care to put on it.
 
Oh, and there is one other teeny thing you might want to be aware of.  You can also use the device to wirelessly access your GeForce GTX powered computer as well.  That means you can play PC games on the Project Shield handheld as well as accessing games on Steam.
 
This might be the kind of thing an ortho or pediatric office would setup for patients to play.  I can see some definite dental uses for this one.
 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

DentalEZ® Group Redesigns its Corporate Website

Malvern, PA - (January 8, 2013) -DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, is pleased to start out 2013 by unveiling its recently redesigned corporate website, www.dentalez.com.   

 

The new website is now updated with a fresh new modern look and includes effortless navigation links and numerous new options for a more interactive and productive user experience. The site incorporates and details all of the company’s product brands including StarDental®, CustomAir®, RAMVAC®, DentalEZ® and NevinLabs.   

 

Each product in the DentalEZ family now has its own dedicated page that includes an image gallery plus an associated page with documents that further detail the product including literature, manuals, and photos.

 

A new Dealer Center was also added for quick and easy access to tools that dealers frequently use including product literature, order tracking, an expanded “How To” section that provides video demonstrations and technical manuals, and access to all monthly dealer mailing documents with the option to sign up for DentalEZ’s monthly eNewsletter dedicated exclusively to dealers.   

 

In addition, a new Connect section has been added that allows visitors many different avenues to contact the company and interact with appropriate DentalEZ staff and executives including a dealer/rep search, eNewsletter sign-up, literature request, office locations, demonstration request forms, warranty registration, and convenient customer service access for all DentalEZ brands, government agencies and those in need of international support.   

 

Visitors can now also access and view the DrPractice by DentalEZ® blog directly from the main website to read up on the latest DentalEZ product information and offerings, current events and industry news.

 

“We wanted to provide all professionals who are interested in DentalEZ products and services a more useful and productive experience,” remarked VP of Marketing for DentalEZ Randy Arner.  “With the new website, our current customers and dealers are now equipped with truly advantageous tools to learn more about our products and our many expanding services and capabilities, and to get in touch with us more often. I think the new DentalEZ site better showcases our unique company culture, quality-focused business philosophy and offers a more interactive experience.”  

 

The new DentalEZ.com is intended to be a regular destination for clients, prospects, business partners and journalists who are interested in the latest dental product and equipment news.  

 

For more information and a tour of the new website, please visit www.dentalez.com.  

 

Friday, January 11, 2013

ADA Scientific Study Finds Surgical Midlevel Providers Do Not Reduce Overall Rates of Dental Decay

There has been ongoing debate for the last couple of years (maybe longer) about the need or not of some type of "midlevel" dental provider.

 

The ADA has done a study on this and is now releasing its findings.  Here is a press release from the ADA with links:

 

A report published today in the Journal of the American Dental Association details a nearly year-long systematic review of scientific papers about the use of midlevel dental providers to perform such irreversible surgical procedures as restorations and extractions.

In addition to the report, entitled "A systematic review of oral health outcomes produced by dental teams incorporating mid-level providers," JADA also published commentaries by ADA President Dr. Robert Faiella and the study's principal author, Dr. J. Timothy Wright. The report and commentaries are available at the following links:

The analysis shows that the use of mid-level providers who provide surgical treatment does not result in reduced rates of dental caries in the population and that oral health disparities exist regardless of the provider workforce model.

The study's researchers followed the ADA systematic review process, adhering strictly to the Association's criteria for evidence-based dentistry. The workgroup called for "well-designed prospective cohort studies" to better evaluate the impact of midlevel providers on incidence and treatment of dental caries.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Battles Against iPhone 5

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The war between Android and Apple continues.  Apple has the rabid fan base, but Android definitely has a larger installed user base.
 
To that end, Samsung, the largest mobile phone maker on the planet showed quarterly profit rise 89% in the last 3 months of 2012.
 
While Apple has the fan base, Samsung continues to woo customers and gain market share with their Galaxy line of smartphones.  The new Galaxy S3 has been a hot product ever since it was released.
 
Why is Samsung so successful?  It's speculation, but bright minds in the industry are thinking that the Apple Maps fiasco may have cost more than a few iPhone 5 sales which were less than the industry expected.
 
Whatever the reason, Samsung continues to impress… in a big way.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Seagate Announces Wireless Plus Mobile Device

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It's amazing how much data we are utilizing these days.  The other day I looked at my 64GB iPad to discover I only have 11GB of storage left.  Now granted I have quote a bit of music on the device and more than a couple of movies, but still I didn't think I had *that* much stuff on there!
 
We've entered the age of the "Digital Packrat" where we just don't throw anything away… mainly because we don't have to.  Our hard drive capacities are so high now that it doesn't really behoove me to spend a bunch of my valuable time going through and getting rid of stuff that I have plenty of room to store.
 
Of course the problem comes when you've got mobile devices that just don't have the capacity you need.  What do you do?
 
Well, Seagate has a solution called the Wireless Plus Mobile Device that provides for storage that can be easily accessed from a Wifi compatible device.  The device has enough capacity for 500 HD Movies and can connect and stream this content to up to 8 tablets or smartphones via its own built-in Wifi.  The device is a 1TB hard drive that has a built-in battery capable of 10 hours of battery life.  That should last most flights, don't you think?
 
The device is accessed via an app that Seagate has created for Apple, Android, and Kindle Fire HD devices.  That pretty much runs the gamut of what you might be carrying at any one time.  Oh and the price is… are you sitting down?  $199
 
When can I get one?  Look for them in March.
 
Here are all the details from Seagate themselves...
 

LAS VEGAS, NV -- Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) today announced the next evolution of the company’s wireless storage category, Seagate® Wireless Plus mobile device storage at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. Designed to wirelessly stream content for up to eight smartphones or tablets with enough space for up to 500 high-definition movies, this new wireless hard drive, will extend the limits of today’s mobile lifestyle. The new Seagate Wireless Plus now also includes a 10-hour battery life to match that of most tablets and smart phones. With the integrated 1TB drive you’ll have all you need to be entertained anywhere including long road trips or flights – without an Internet connection.

Seagate Wireless Plus mobile device storage, now you really can take it all with you

Seagate Wireless Plus mobile device storage is accessed through the mobile Seagate Media app for Apple iOS, Android and Kindle Fire HD devices. The Seagate Media app has been developed for all major mobile devices, including Android, Kindle Fire HD, Apple iOS and will also work with just about any device that can connect to a Wi-Fi network. Additionally, you can use Wireless Plus to enjoy video, photos, music and even documents on the big screen via Apple Airplay, DLNA or an app designed specifically for Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray players.

Seagate created this new category of wireless storage devices in 2011 to address consumers’ desire to enjoy more content than tablets and smartphones can hold with their limited storage. A CES 2013 Best of Innovations Award Winner, the new Seagate Wireless Plus includes a new option to save content and files to the drive wirelessly through the new Seagate Media app. For the first time, consumers will be able to enjoy capturing a great HD video on their iPhone and then wirelessly uploading it, in full resolution, to Wireless Plus with its 1TB of storage. 

“Smartphones and tablets offer amazing new opportunities for Seagate to provide new consumer storage solutions in an increasingly mobile world,” said Scott Horn, vice president of marketing at Seagate. “Seagate developed the concept of wireless storage to consumers with the freedom to enjoy their documents, movies, photos and music anywhere in the world, especially when they can’t connect to the Internet. Seagate Wireless Plus builds on the success of our first-generation product and takes it even further.”

The new 1TB wireless drive comes with a removable SuperSpeed USB3.0 adapter for quick loading of photos, video, music and even documents. Fill it up and go, for true anywhere access of all your favorite entertainment or much needed work-related files anywhere. Because the Wireless Plus creates its own Wi-Fi network, there is no need to stream or download your content from the Internet or to spend money on a data plan. Everything is with you, where you want it, when you need it with a secure and wireless connection.

“Less than half of U.S. mobile phone users are highly satisfied with the storage of their mobile phone, and almost 20% are dissatisfied with their mobile storage capacity,” said Brett Sappington, Director of Research at Parks Associates. “As consumption of video on smartphones and tablets continues to grow, consumers will seek the best ways to get content to their mobile device without eating up all of the data in their monthly service plan.”

Pricing and Availability: Seagate Wireless Plus mobile storage is currently available from Amazon and BestBuy.com, for an MSRP of $199.99.  

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Athenahealth Acquires Electronic Medical/Drug Database Provider ePocrates

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Since the early days of the Palm Pilot (remember that?) ePocrates has been working to provide handheld and immediate access to medicine info for healthcare professionals.
 
ePocrates has expanded its offerings since then and is now available on every mobile platform out there.  The company has made a huge contribution to the concept of chartless and paperless in both dentistry and even more so in medicine.  The ePocrates info is geared toward healthcare providers who are looking for quick access to all types of clinical & pharmacological information.
 
Read on for the press release:
 
ATHENAHEALTH TO ACQUIRE MOBILE HEALTH LEADER EPOCRATES

Acquisition will accelerate athenahealth’s vision to build the nation’s health information backbone; companies will combine forces to redefine physician mobile experience and point-of-care toolset

WATERTOWN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 7, 2013-- athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordinationservices to medical groups and health systems, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Epocrates, Inc. a mobile health pioneer widely recognized for developing the most-widely adopted point-of-care medical application among U.S. physicians.

The board of directors of each of athenahealth and Epocrates has agreed to a price of $11.75 per share, in cash, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $293 million. The purchase price represents a 22 percent premium over the closing price per share of Epocrates on NASDAQ on Friday, January 4, 2013. This is an all-cash offer for all outstanding shares of Epocrates’ common stock, and athenahealth intends to finance this acquisition using available cash and funds available from its existing credit facility. The closing of the transaction is subject to the approval of Epocrates shareholders and other customary closing conditions and is currently expected to occur early in the second quarter of 2013. Epocrates shareholders representing approximately 17.5% of the outstanding common stock have agreed to vote their shares in favor of the transaction.

Over the past 15 years, athenahealth has been evolving industry-leading, Best in KLAS* cloud-based services that help medical caregivers do well doing the right thing—keeping them focused on patient care. With the acquisition of Epocrates, which is used and trusted by more than 330,000 physicians, athenahealth believes it will be able to better serve an expanded network of providers. athenahealth plans to build upon Epocrates’ success to date in transforming the way physicians access and engage with clinical information, with each other, and with their patients.

“I have been an admirer of Epocrates since it first emerged and have watched the company grow consistently, one app download at a time, as it has cemented itself into the consciousness of America’s physicians,” saidJonathan Bush, President, Chairman, and CEO of athenahealth. “No other company has been able to replicate the brand awareness, familiarity, and trust that Epocrates has across the clinical mobile user base. We are confident that we can provide Epocrates with the stewardship and resources it needs to grow and develop within health care, and that Epocrates' capabilities are going to mesh exceptionally well with athenahealth’s cloud-based physician and patient services. Together, we’re excited by the opportunity to redefine the mobile toolset for care givers.”

The Epocrates acquisition will enable athenahealth to realize its vision in a number of key ways:

  • Better Information Access for Health Organizations — By combining Epocrates’ mobile expertise with knowledge and data from athenahealth’s cloud-based network, the combined company will be uniquely positioned to introduce new mobile applications that deliver high-value information to the clinical community when, where, and how they want it.
  • Advanced Mobile Workflows — the combined company will seek to pioneer new mobile workflows to improve provider efficiency and support care delivery outcomes; initial efforts will focus on care coordination, provider-to-provider communication, and patient engagement tools.
  • Accelerated Awareness and Growth Across the Physician Market — athenahealth would expand its current provider base of 38,000 to include the more than one million health care professionals on theEpocrates network, allowing athenahealth to build upon the highly favored Epocrates brand, recognized today by approximately 90 percent of practicing U.S. physicians.

“Epocrates and athenahealth are two strong and progressive brands dedicated to helping clinicians deliver high quality care more efficiently through continued innovation and a keen understanding of physicians’ workflows,” said Andrew Hurd, President, CEO, and interim CFO of Epocrates. “By combining the companies’ unique expertise in mobile and cloud-based services, we are setting out to dramatically improve the accessibility of information and redefine the dynamics within health care.”

Piper Jaffray & Co. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Epocrates in connection with the transaction.Goodwin Procter LLP served as athenahealth’s legal counsel and Cooley LLP served as counsel to Epocrates.

* As of September 30, 2012.

Monday, January 7, 2013

I've Been Selected as 1Dental.com's 2013 Top Dentist in Social Media

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1Dental.com is a website that "aims to keep people up to dateon dental and health news and helps readers learn about saving money on oral care".
 
The company provides blog posts on a fairly regular basis about topics that are of interest to patients and folks that have an interest in dentistry.  It is geared for those looking for information that is written for lay people without the more formal language of sites (like mine) that are more geared toward individuals involved in the clinical practice of dentistry.
 
They also monitor lots of different blogs and social media feeds from those of us in the profession.  This puts them in the unique position of being able to keep track of the most active in the profession when it comes to social media.
 
Because of this, every year for the past several years, the folks at 1Dental.com puts together a list of the "Top Dentists in Social Media".  They take a look at many factors to determine quantity, quality, etc of posts as well as what sites the individuals are active on.
 
This year, I am extremely  honored  to announce to you that I have been selected as the #1 Dentist in Social Media by 1Dental!!!

Here is what they had to say:
 
1. Dr. John Flucke. Starting off our list at #1 this year, Dr. Flucke returns as an active Twitter user. He continues to frequently update his Dental Technology Blog, on which he posts about the latest in both dental technology and general technology. Dr. Flucke appeals to a wide audience that consists of more than just dentists, and stays caught up with his patients and others by actively responding to them on Twitter and elsewhere. For these reasons, we have chosen to keep Dr. Flucke on the list for the third consecutive year.
 
Needless to say, that as a tech lover and somebody who spends a fair amount of their time in the social media realm, that I am flattered, stunned, honored, proud, etc to receive this ranking.  In previous years I was fortunate enough to always be included in the Top 10 List, and I always thought that was just the coolest thing ever.  I never, in my wildest dreams expected that I might one day achieve the number one ranking.  It is definitely something that surprised me more than I can articulate here.
 
Most of the other members of the Top 10 List are people that I have come to know over the years, and knowing many of those individuals like I do, I never expected to be able to top them in a "best of" poll.  I'm just darn near too stunned for words.
 
 
I'd like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the folks at 1Dental.com for selecting me #1.  I am truly grateful for such an honor!!!