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Dr Lavine: People are joining us right now but we are already a few minutes after 5:00. So thank you, welcome everyone. A pleasure to have everyone here on the webinar. As of this morning we had 276 people register for this webinar and close to half of you are already here so thank you very much for the confidence you have given me throughout the years . It’s great to have some many people joining me this evening.
A little house keeping here I’m going to be speak for about 45- 55 minutes or so. I want to leave as much time as possible to answer questions. Every one of you should have a little box on your go to webinar control panel where you can ask the questions. So feel free to ask them throughout the webinar as you think about them but I won’t be able to get to any of the questions until after I’m done speaking. By tomorrow I will be sending you all a number of things. You will get a short survey ask soon as you log out of this webinar and please indicate on that survey if you want my office to arrange a personalised call with your office . I don’t charge for my time to speak to practises and give you one to one help.
You are also going to get email with links to download the lecture notes from this evening which is basically a copy of all the slides that I’m going to show you . So do not worry if you have to take a phone call, if the kids are screaming or whatever. You are not going to miss anything. I will also have Amanda from my office email everyone who attend this evening the CV form that is good for an hour and half of CV reference.
So most of you already know who I am and what I do. I did practise as a periodontist for 10 years and over the last 8 years I have been exclusively workign with office to help them basically get into 21 set century as far as technology is concerned. I travelled all over North America to give offices individualised help , we work with offices to get their computers up and running, digital X-rays, cameras, basically try to help you avoid making any types of mistakes and you go through this process. If you want to keep up with the latest in technology I do have a blog .It’s digitaldentist.blogspot.com. I will put something on their every single day. I’ve done this for a little over 5 years actually. We would love to have as many people as you want. You can’t see on the screen here but there actually a place towards the bottom where you can sign up to the blog. So rather than you going to the blog every day it comes to you. There no charge for tat.
We have about 1000 people who subscribe and about another 200 or 300 who will come on a daily basis. I do write a tech guide every year. The latest one the 2011 guide is little bit delayed. We are negotiating with another company to publish it so that will be coming probably sometime by the Chicago Mid-Winter Medium, which is probably in February. So keep your eyes open for that. This webinar is actually the first of a series of webinars that we are we going to be doing. They are all going to be about 5 or 6 weeks apart. We are going to spend some time in October looking at infrastructure, computers and networks and important things like that. Another hot topic that was in December the 2nd there will be image management, digital x-rays to radiography and the final one of the series which to me so probably the most important and really kicks up a lot of practises is data backup and data protection .
All of you will get notification of that, this whole series will be free so we are more than happy to have as many people here as possible. One thing that is somewhat unique to this webinar series is that typically I lecture in Canada or the WE and I will normally adjust my presentation based on whatever country I am in at that time. What I really wanted to do for this webinar is to try to create a series that has value to the dental offices in both countries at the same time since many of the products and services are really readily available in both countries. You see the stakes here in 2014 and it’s certainly and in this county, in the states, not so much for Canada yet. Canadians still need to be aware of what’s going on out there. My understanding is there has been an exceptional [Inaudible] from the federal government which relates to allowing eligible computer software purchases to be 100% written off in the first year that it’s available for use. Very similar to what we into country on the schedule 179 reduction. So it really doesn’t make a difference if you’re in Canada or the USA. As far has going chartless and paperless I think there is ma lot of reason to pitch the move forward with that . Why in 2014 important besides the fact that according to the Mayans world we all would have been dead for 2 years already at that point.
The reason why it’s important and many of you may heard about this is that according to the federal government and be aware that it’s not a law , it’s not a regulation . There is unfortunately some sales rep out there that will tell you that it’s mandatory. I think it’s going to happen on way or the other whether it’s through the government , whether an insurance companies saying we are no longer taking paper claims or film or just peer pressure but then eventually we are all going to be at this point where all patient records both medical and dental are supposed to be electronic by the end of the year 2014 . This is actually a federal mandate again its not a law, not a regulation but my whole premise his behind this is that you don’t necessarily want to wait till the middle of 201 to decide to do something about it .
This was first propose by president Bush as a younger version in 2004 , president Obama , the American dental association is a 100% behind it’s well. One of the thing to keep in mind is that really right now and if you have practise management software you are aware of this there really are not standards of being able to share information among multiple offices. You look at maybe what happen in the midterm elections and that may delay thing and hefty the government maybe just don’t know. As I said really my premise in presenting this information to you is that you really don’t want to necessarily guess wrong on this one. In my experience of going chartless, going paperless it’s a fairly long process. Most of the practices that we have worked with its anywhere from about a 12- 18 month process. Again you don’t want to wait till the middle of 2014 and find that the federal government saying I got to do this in the next 6 months because you are really going to be scrambling . If you don’t believe me on this there is ton of websites that you can get more information about it. If you just google EHR which stands for electronic health record or EMR, electric medical record or EDR for dental record in year 2014 your will get dozens and dozens of hits that you can read more abut . Since you are all going to get a copy of the slides you can just go through the links and it will show you here as well.
So the federal government in all their represent recent states, in all their wisdom said we have the way that we can try to encourage people to move forward with this. We can give them the carrot, not necessarily the carrot but a carrot or the stick. What is that carrot? In the states many of you may have heard this. It’s called the steamers bill, the steamers package. It’s all a bunch of terms that you may have not heard about. The ARRA, the high tech act, the CC hit which is the body that licenses software as well. What you may be hearing about the fact is that there may be anywhere from $45, 000 – $44,000 per office available for offices that have gone paperless, staring the year 2011. That is true as long as you are not a dentist. CC hit which is pretty much the licensing body had pretty much said that dental is not on their radar any point in the near future. The key in all of this is that the software has to be certified in order for you the be eligible for the funds. There’s a lot of other factors that comes into play as well. The key factors are that it has to be meaning full and certified and really there are very few programs out there that are going to fall for something, certainly in the dental realm. It does start in the States in 2011 and right now there each on dental software that is certified and I would be choked if anything happens in dentist in the next few years. More are going paperless because you are expecting to get this $44,000 don’t hold your breath , don’t blame me if you don’t get it , don’t call me upon and send me a bill because I don’t have it but be aware that there are a number of things that are being done out there to try and encourage people to go paperless one way or the other. Again there is plenty of in formation out there that if you go to any type of website, do google search on this you can find a lot that’s out there.
When I’m working with offices or when I am lecturing on technology I’ve always felt that I don’t have to be necessarily entertaining for the entire process. If i can get a few nuggets or pearls wisdom that is going to help me in making my decision then it was worth wild. So instead of making you wait towards the end I will give it to you know and that way if you I can’t make it to the end then don’t worry about it, you’ve got the important stuff here. This is a very common question that I get from a lot of offices . I’m looking a practise madman software. I’ve seen your lectures or I’ve seen some of your articles but don’t go through the whole process with me. Just tell me what the best one is. The problem is that there really is no right or wrong decision or best. It what’s its best for your individual practise but there is a lot of factors that can go into that. We are looking for software for example. The one that has the most feature. The one that’s the easiest to do for you and your staff. One that’s the least expensive, the one that integrates best with your image management program. What I do as a consultant is to work with an office that says we don’t know what we want but here’s what is important to us and then I can help you to narrow down the choice.