Someone just hacked into your Server and is holding your Practice’s data for ransom. This is no joke. Want to learn how to prevent it?
In October 2012 Microsoft released their latest version of their operating system – Windows 8. The dilemma that arises for the Dental Practice is about whether it’s appropriate to start using it. Early adopters are generally all fired up to try it out, and the conservatives amongst us aren’t interested at all. What factors are there to consider in the decision?
If you’ve bought a PC lately, you may have been confronted with the decision of whether to get your system with Windows 32-bit or 64-bit. What the heck does that mean anyways?
One problem I see all the time is people (or practices) purchasing a new computer with the wrong version of Microsoft Windows 7. You might not be aware of how big a problem this can be. [Update – Thinking of Windows 8? See my other article]
The last time you bought a PC, did you really spend any time deciding what processor to get with it? I bet not much if any.
The processor is one part of your PC that is impractible to upgrade in a PC today, the solution is just to get another PC.
I’m often asked if someone’s 4 year old PC will work well enough to run the latest Practice Management application or CBCT imaging app. Often my answer is “It will work, but it won’t be the same as on a newer PC”. “But it’s only 4 years old!” is the usual comment they plead in reply.
Remember how cool it was when you got your first USB Thumb Drive. “Wow, I can have 2GB of storage on that tiny key stuffed in my pocket!” This was a great leap forward from having to ‘Burn a CD’ the previous cool thing.
There are some disadvantages to USB keys:
You can lose them. This is a real concern as far as HIPPA security concerns. If you have anything patient related on that key when it is lost (and it is not encrypted), you have a HIPPA violation.
You can forget them. Who hasn’t wanted to get something from or copy something to their USB key, only to realize they don’t have it with them.
They cost money. Not much money though, a 2GB key only costs about $10 today.
Well, the next Cool thing is here to replace the USB Key. Enter the one of the first really useful Cloud apps. Online personal storage is a folder you keep up in the Cloud. No more USB Key in your pocket, your Data lives up in the Cloud (somewhere) and you sync it down (via the Internet) to as many of your personal devices as you like.
If we think about the process of taking digital photos in the modern Practice, we waste a lot of time and effort transferring the photos from the camera to the PC.
I call it the Records 14-Step:
- Take the digital photos
Turn off the camera
Open the camera door (don’t break it)
‘House Music’ is a part of many Dental specialty practices. It helps the day go by, and makes the office feel more homey.
There are a wide variety of solutions I have seen implemented over the years
A simple FM radio receiver tuned to a local station. These can be problematic with getting a clean signal, and then there are the commercials to deal with.