Sunday, October 7, 2012

"The Most Important New Technology Since the Smart Phone Arrives December 2012"

I'm so excited about this new technology.  It really will help the health care industry by streamlining the access to the digital record and being able to educate the patient quickly and efficiently.  It is called Leap Motion. It is a small device, that costs $70 and plugs into your USB port.  You are now ready to play Tom Cruise in the Minority Report movie. The implications for Dentrix are limitless.  Please read on:

The website is for more information.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Call me...Maybe

Call me.... definitely with a VOIP cloud-based phone system!  Yeah! It's about time.

If you have not noticed lately, the phone in your pocket and the systems being sold to businesses now are computers or computer-based.  If your phone system is as old as a 20-year-old leaking amalgam, then now is the time to update.  You will see integration with your practice management system eventually. A likely example will be when the phone rings, you will have a pop-up window on your computer with the current patient’s information, their ledger, family members due for an appointment, etc.  You will be able to customize what you see.  You will also be able to see a categorized call log of all inbound and outbound calls.  You will just connect your phones to your computer network. 
Cost: Moving to the cloud gives you an easy-to-use phone system for a predictable monthly fee—with no capital expense.
Save the date: August 23rd Phone system free webinar, Click to register.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Electronic Rx through Dentrix...around the corner G5 PP1

To me this is the most anticipated feature in awhile.  E-prescriptions will be here hopefully before year's end.  Just think about it.  You never have to take your gloves off and sign a prescription while you're working.  You just turn to your treatment room pc and with a couple of mouse clicks the patient's rx from Room 5 is already sent to the pharmacy.  I can't wait.
  • Reduce Costs
  • Improve Patient Safety
  • Save Time

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Sign Language...The e-Assistant for your Reception Room

This the only employee in your office that never asks for a raise, always shows up for work, and is engaging your patients and their friends 100% of the time they are in your office.  It is called the e-Assistant form the Digital Clinic .  You can now order it through Henry Schein.  Ask your sales representative for details.  You can also schedule for a web demo by requesting it from their website.

It is a 42 inch LCD screen that hangs on the wall in your reception area.  It is connected to the web for real time updates.  It engages your patients with information about your practice such as staff bios, services, new equipment, etc.


1.  Facebook Integration
2.  Posts weather
3.  QR codes that connect to your website
4.  Customized messaging that informs your patients about the latest news in your office
5.  Inform your patients about your work in the community, ie TeamSmile, GKAS, etc. 

Call me 816-668-5576 or e-mail me for questions.  We have been using it for 4 months now and love it!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Notezilla-The best way to rid of paper sticky notes

No matter what I do to let the front office know that we are papreless they would still use sticky notes and stick them to their monitor. Until now.  They use Notezilla. Desktop Sticky Notes. Notezilla lets you quickly create sticky notes on Windows desktop.

Sticky notes on desktop allow you to write memos, reminders or a tasks with least effort. Just click, write and go! This is a very productive way of jotting down what's on your mind without getting distracted.

Features Highlighted:

  • Desktop sticky notes
  • Password-protected sticky notes
  • Checklist based sticky notes
  • Website hyperlinks inside sticky notes
  • Formatted & transparent sticky notes
The best part is you can link it to Dentrix Modules ex. Chart, Ledger, etc. and the note only shows when you open those modules.

You can download it for free at

Friday, April 27, 2012

iBarrier by Crosstex

If you use ipads in the reception room for patient registration and updating existing patients or in the treatment rooms, congratulation's!  Your making the world a greener place.  But we need to keep it a safe place also.  Introducing the iBarrier from Crosstex.

iBarrier is a disposable barrier sleeve for tablet computers, so that these frequently touched surfaces don't present a risk for cross-contamination within your office.

-Touch-sensitive material does not impede operation of the tablet.
-Fits all size tablets.
-Adhesive strip provides tight fit.
-FDA approved material.
-Made in the USA.
-Latex free.

Give them a try.  You can purchase through Henry Schein. 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

4G For Your Mobile Devices...Is Worth it!

I recently upgraded my phone to the 4G Droid Razr.  I thought that I would not see much of an improvement in speed.  Boy, was I wrong.  This is smokin fast, not as fast a G5 for Dentrix though, just kidding they are about the same.  Combine the 4G service with the Dentrix Mobile Solution available free from Dentrix when your on a service contract. Dentrix Mobile

The Dentrix mobile is optimized for the i-pad and the Motorola Xoom ( I use the Xoom).  I bought a car attachment for the Xoom and I have it right next to me if I need to check my schedule, call a patient, add a note to the patient's appointment, check the patients prescriptions etc.  Using the tablet is nicer because you can see the whole appointment book and it is easier to see.

The way to save money if you have Verizon or any of the other carriers, is to sign up for the wireless Hotspot that most all 4G phones offer.  It is a service that costs me $20/month extra on my phone bill but once I get in the car with my phone, my tablet connects to it automatically so they share the web connection.  This way you don't have to pay a monthly fee for your phone and your tablet.  You can connect up to 5 devices to it anytime your out.  So I guess you could share with your family when your on vacation and so forth.

if you want to hear an informative broadcast on what 4G really is listen to this NPR broadcast What does 4G really mean anyway?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Spring Cleaning in Dentrix

Over the next couple of posts I'm going to give a few ways to help organize things in Dentrix that has been useful in my practice.

The first one is to create a "Cosmetic" Category in the Procedure Code Category area in the Dentrix Office Manager.  If you do Whitening, Enamel Recontouring, White strips, etc.

Go to the Office manager/maintenance/practice setup/practice definitions/definition type/procedure code categories.  Then click on new and add "Cosmetic" or maybe "Dental Products" for saleable items.

Then go back to all the procedure codes you have set up in the past that fall into these categories and re-categorize them for easy finding from the chart or ledger when posting.  Make sure you select the "show in chart" button in the procedure code screen.

The new Category will show up in the patient Chart in the procedure code area, for easy access!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Microsoft has a new Mouse......Win 7 touch mouse!

If you want to try something pretty cool, the new Microsoft Win 7 touch mouse is a definite look.  It works great with the mutiple windows within Dentrix that you like to have open.The Microsoft Touch Mouse offers intuitive touch-based navigation that complements standard mousing in Windows 7.  Its like the gestures that the Apple mouse has but better.  I love it when I'm doing treatment plans because I can navigate quickly between the Perio Chart, Restorative Chart, CBCT, DEXIS, etc.
Check out the tutorial:  Win 7 touch mouse tutorial  Give it a try and get Moving!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Dentrix Mobile Gets Bigger, Literally...

I don't know about you, but my eyes have gone from 20/20 to 20 something because I hit 48 years old.  Wow that went fast.  I guess that's what happens.  Well, Dentrix to the rescue!

Viewing your smart phone for appointment information when your out of the office was difficult because of the small screens that smartphones have. So, now Henry Schein has announced it has enhanced it's Dentrix mobile app to take advantage of the large displays and resolution of the Apple iPad and Microsoft Xoom tablets. Not only do you get to see everything without squinting, but it has enhanced features which allows you to add any member of your staff to use it on their devise, and schedule changes on the fly and appointments for your patients (great if you have a call forwarded to a staff member on your day off, but still want someone to answer and schedule patients). It also lets users add notes to the appointment book or confirm appointments -- anytime, anywhere.

I personally use the Motorola Xoom because when cruising the web I can view ALL web content, unllike the iPad, which doesn't work with Adobe Flash.  But, if you can get past that flaw, which most iPad users have, the iPad works great with Dentrix Mobile. For more information go to:

Dentrix Mobile is free if you are on a Dentrix customer support plan. Also make sure you have Dentrix Support help you update your DxWeb tool bar with the new software.  They just remoted into my workstation yesterday and had it set up in minutes.

Tip:  I use my WiFi HotSpot connection from my Droid Razr in the car to connect to my Xoom. This way I don't have to pay another monthly fee for another devise connected to the web.

So to get started:

1.     Renew support plan if you have not yet
2.     Have Dentrix Support help you update your workstation with the latest Dx Web tool bar

Friday, February 10, 2012

When Referring Out...

There is a feature in Dentrix that I never knew was there. That sounds very familiar.  Thus the reason for this Blog.

The feature allows you to select multiple procedures and teeth all at the same time and refer them with one mouse click. When I treatment plan the patient's case, I used to select each procedure one at a time and then select the referring doctor.  What waste of time!

Here's how you use it.
Open the patient's chart:
1.  Select File/ Set Related Referral.
2.  Select and post the procedures to refer.
3. Now all those procedures are marked referred and assigned to the referring provider.
4. Go back to File/Set Related Referral/ select remove (Don't forget to do this)
5. Then go back to treatment planning.

Thanks to Jason McKnight, my Dentrix Profitability Coach, I have a new way to save time!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Spread the Word! Dentrix Goes Big in 2012!

If you have not updated to G4 get going because G5 is right around the corner. Renew your support plan and get the update for free. We have it been using it for a month. All I can say is  Smoking Fast...let me say it again Smoking fast!  Literally smoke coming out.  Just kidding.

I can't give you all the details, but I believe in my opinion this will be the biggest year for Dentrix Users ever.  The new improvements, updates, training, coaching and more. It's time to retool your office with the latest in technology.

Stay tuned.  Dentrix is going to separate themselves from the pack of other software programs this year.  You all have picked the right one.  Tell your friends its time to switch for sure.  Get Moving!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New Year's Resolution...Get A Coach...Really...

I have been practicing for over 22 years and I thought I knew Dentrix inside and out, until I meet the Dentrix Profitability Coach.  It is a monthly coaching system that Dentrix sets up with you to get your database accurate, your numbers correct, and you being able to read the reports that you can rely on.  It is the best investment I have ever made in Dentrix!  You want your monies worth, well this is where you start.  What's different about this is that the Coach really knows Dentrix inside and out. Believe me! For $875 the whole program, are you kidding me?  What a steal.

Expert advice. Higher profits. Superior results.

Profitability Coaching can turn your Dentrix practice management solution into an even bigger and more effective profitability engine—by helping you strengthen the connections between your Dentrix system and your bottom line. With Dentrix Profitability Coaching, you work directly with an expert coach who understands good business practices, has an in-depth knowledge of Dentrix technology, and knows how to bring the two together to make your practice even more profitable and productive.  

Make this one of your New Year's Resolution I guarantee you won't be disappointed!  Get Moving!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Want to go fast? Here you go... Eye-fi SD card for your camera!

This is the most amazing photo storage device I have ever seen.  It is an SD card with wireless capability built in. You can use it in any camera that accepts SD cards and takes seconds to set up. Combine this with your Image Software(I use DexImage), and you will save 4-5 minutes of time taking the card out, putting it in the computer, opening the folder, selecting the images, saving, etc. And remember people forgetting to put that SD card back in the camera when their done. That only happens in my office, Ha  In my office we have even lost some cards over time because they are so small.  Whats great about the Eye-Fi card is it never has to leave the camera.  The photos fly through the air to a common folder on the network and everyone can see them in real time as they are taken.  It will really speed up, Invisalign new patient records, new patient exams, etc.
It all started with a very simple idea: what if photos could just fly to where you want them to be? That’s how a memory card with antenna and magical superpowers was born.

During the quick set-up, you customize where you want your memories sent. The Eye-Fi card will only send them to the computer and to the sharing site you choose.
Now is the time to add speed, ease and efficiency to your exam process.  Go Eye-Fi! and get Moving!