When the Cloud Seems Too Far Away

Posted by Shelby Kruse on Sep 12, 2013 3:40:00 PM

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.

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Topics: technology, orthodontics, cloud computing, imaging, local image cache

Send Big Files Using E-mail [from the AAO Tech Talk blog]

Posted by Shelby Kruse on Aug 29, 2013 3:22:00 PM

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.

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Topics: technology, orthodontics, AAO Tech Talk

Unintended Benefits

Posted by Shelby Kruse on Jul 26, 2013 10:01:00 AM

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? 

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Topics: orthodontic practice management, technology, orthodontic trends, Paulette Johnson, paperless

Edge Mobile - Take Your Practice Management Software with You

Posted by Shelby Kruse on Jul 17, 2013 11:42:00 AM

Last week Ortho2 released Edge Mobile, 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 Android Play or Apple App store and install Edge Mobile.

Setup

Setting up Edge Mobile is pretty quick.  Follow these four steps and you'll be up and running in no time. 

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Topics: orthodontic practice management, technology, practice management, Ortho2, Edge Mobile

Happy Birthday Orchestrate!

Posted by Shelby Kruse on Jul 10, 2013 2:06:00 PM

Our friends at Orchestrate Orthodontic Technologies are celebrating their 5th birthday! Check out the message below from President and co-founder Dr. Todd Ehrler.

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Topics: technology, Orchestrate, orchestrate orthodontic technologies, Ortho2 partners, Todd Ehrler

Time to Retire XP and Microsoft Office 2003

Posted by Shelby Kruse on Apr 11, 2013 10:52:00 AM

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Topics: orthodontic practice management, technology

Take Advantage of Year-End Prices

Posted by Michelle Haupt on Nov 12, 2012 11:01:00 AM

With the holidays coming up, we know how important it is to get a deal on the items we shop for. This is just as true for your office as it is for your home. The Section 179 Deduction makes this even easier by allowing you to write off the full amount of qualifying purchases made in 2012 (up to $139,000) and take advantage of a 50% bonus depreciation on any amount above the deduction limit.

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Topics: technology, reminders, Ortho2, orthodontists, orthodontics, tips, year-end pricing

Eight Myths About the Cloud Debunked

Posted by Michelle Haupt on Oct 25, 2012 10:52:00 AM

The cloud isn’t new, but many are just learning to understand how powerful it can be for offices. Read the facts about myths you may have been hearing about the cloud.

Myth 1: The cloud is a fad.

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Topics: technology, orthdontics, orthodontic trends, orthodontic education, Ortho2, tips, cloud computing, pros and cons

Enhance Treatment and Control Costs with Orchestrate

Posted by Shelby Kruse on Jul 30, 2012 10:45:00 AM


by Dr. Craig Scholz

In May, Ortho2 began an exclusive partnership with Orchestrate Orthodontic Technologies to market and sell their 3D orthodontic CAD software. This powerful system allows the orthodontist to easily define tooth movements to design digitally perfect, yet inexpensive clear aligners and retainers in office. What’s unique about Orchestrate is that it is the first orthodontic system that allows the doctor to scan, design and create appliances completely in house. Since the Orchestrate software system is not aligned with any specific brand or type of appliance, it can be used for a multitude of purposes. Many of the existing Orchestrate users refer to it as “Photoshop for appliance design” with its ability to utilize data from a variety of sources and then easily manipulate this data.

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Topics: technology, orthodontic trends, orthodontists, orthodontics, Craig Scholz, Orchestrate

Is Your Website Mobile Ready?

Posted by Shelby Kruse on May 9, 2012 3:25:00 PM


By Mary Kay Miller

In 2011 we saw iPads, Androids, and iPhones generate billions of dollars in new sales. On December 24th and 25th alone, more than seven million mobile devices were activated in the United States. Mobile is ramping up faster than any other technology we have seen in the past – eight times faster than desktop and laptop sales in the 1990s. By the end of 2012, it is predicted that 50% of the US population will have smartphones.

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Topics: orthodontic practice management, technology, Marketing, web design, Mary Kay Miller

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