by Mary Kay Miller
As of the first week in August 2015, almost every local search on Google for any business or service, including orthodontics, will return a result with a new 3-pack. The term Snack Pack is also being used in reference to Google’s new Maps area with three results instead of the old 7-Pack with alphabetical rankings of A through G.
Topics: technology, Mary Kay Miller, google, online marketing, search results, maps
by Andrea L. Cook
Many of you will be attending the 115th annual session of the American Association of Orthodontists in San Francisco. After visiting the exhibitors, many of you will also bring home new products, technology, and other ideas aimed at improving your practice.
Topics: technology, Andrea Cook, Orthodontic, AAO Tech Talk, AAO
This year marked my very first AAO. Not only that but my first time in New Orleans, and what an experience it was. It was great to meet everyone and work alongside some people I haven’t worked with before. The convention center was massive, and it was interesting to see the various orthodontic offerings from all over the world. There was so much interesting technology on display, and coupled with the spectacle of the booths it was fun just to be there.
Topics: orthodontic practice management, technology, practice management, Ortho2, cloud computing, AAO Tech Talk
by Lowell Davis
By now you’ve probably read or heard the news that Microsoft will be ending support for Windows XP in April of 2014. While many offices have moved on to a more modern operating system there are still a significant number taking the “if it ain’t broke….” approach and have stayed with the tried and true software that originally became available in 2001.
If you are among those still using Windows XP you’re probably asking why you need to make the jump to a new version of Windows. There are several answers to that question.
- Think of what things were like “way back” in 2001 when XP was released. Many people were still using dial-up Internet. The first smartphones had just become available. There were an estimated 50 million Internet users who could access 40 million websites. Today it is projected that 1 billion smartphones will be sold in 2013. There are 2.7 billion Internet users accessing 640 million websites. With these changes to the cyber landscape the need for security has increased tremendously. More modern versions of the Windows operating system have significantly more robust security controls to protect you.
- Even if things are working fine today, when Microsoft terminates their support for XP it will mean no new patches or critical security updates will be released. This will leave your network open to hackers and malware. New driver releases for hardware will no longer be issued which means getting new printers, video cards, etc. may not work with your existing computers. New applications and software from everywhere in the world of technology will not be tested to be compatible with XP.
- Perhaps most importantly your practice is required to comply with HIPAA and, if you accept payment by credit cards, you must also comply with PCI standards. PCI Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) 6.1 require you to “ensure all system components and software have the latest vendor-supplied security patches installed. Deploy critical patches within a month of release”. Obviously once Microsoft stops releasing patches and updates you will be unable to do this. HIPAA regulations are similar to the PCI standards in this area. HIPAA Security Rule section 164.308(a)(5)(ii)(B) states that you must implement “procedures for guarding against, detecting, and reporting malicious software”. Once again, if you can’t update your computer against malicious software it is impossible to be in compliance with this security rule specification.
Topics: orthodontic practice management, technology
by Dan Sargent
The Cloud is fantastic for accessibility and reducing cost and complexity for the user. But from a design standpoint it presents unique challenges as well. One example is dealing with very large files, like high-quality X-ray images. Even with a fast Internet connection, they just take some time to upload and download.
Topics: technology, orthodontics, cloud computing, imaging, local image cache
Somedays other people say it better than you could have said it yourself. So today, we wanted to be sure you caught this great post from the AAO's Tech Talk Blog about the options that exist for transmitting large files when e-mail just won't cut it. Thanks, Dr. Palomo, for digging into this topic.
Topics: technology, orthodontics, AAO Tech Talk
by Paulette Johnson
I live in California – the Bay Area to be exact. Recently, legislation passed banning plastic grocery bags. Reusable grocery bags are ecofriendly, good marketing tools, more efficient, and – except for the remembering part – just an all-around good idea. Then I had a conversation with a very intelligent man I know who pointed me to an article about the unintended consequences of reusable grocery bags, including the spreading of e-coli bacteria. Yikes…bubble burst!
But that conversation got me thinking about unintended consequences versus unintentional benefits. Like going paperless in a practice. No paper, no piles, no filing. What could be wrong with that? The reaction you get from many offices when you discuss the paperless office is fear. Genuine fear about losing control, losing patients, losing appointments…losing. The thought of no paper, while exciting, can also be frightening. How will I know what each patient needs?
Topics: orthodontic practice management, technology, orthodontic trends, Paulette Johnson, paperless
Last week Ortho2 released
, a new addition to the Edge management, imaging, and communication platform that provides smartphone and tablet access to Edge practice data.
It's free and immediately available
for all Edge clients with Android and iOS devices. Simply search for "Ortho2" in the
store and install Edge Mobile.
Setting up Edge Mobile is pretty quick. Follow these four steps and you'll be up and running in no time.
Topics: orthodontic practice management, technology, practice management, Ortho2, Edge Mobile
Our friends at Orchestrate Orthodontic Technologies are celebrating their 5th birthday! Check out the message below from President and co-founder Dr. Todd Ehrler.
Topics: technology, Orchestrate, orchestrate orthodontic technologies, Ortho2 partners, Todd Ehrler