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  • Infographic: Fixing the world of disconnected payments in healthcare

    Brian Wallace Oral & Dental Healthcare

    Healthcare payments can be a big headache for clinics and patients alike. In fact, 25% of unnecessary spending in healthcare goes toward payment processing, totaling $190 billion every year. Patients and clinics alike are unsure of what insurance will cover. As high-deductible health plans grow more popular, uncertainty about out-of-pocket costs is on the rise. This uncertainty can lead patients to ignore bills or even avoid treatment altogether. Learn how technology is streamlining healthcare payments using contactless check-in with this infographic.

  • The delicate balance of supply and demand for COVID-19 vaccines

    Bambi Majumdar Oral & Dental Healthcare

    President Joe Biden rolled out strategies to combat and control the coronavirus pandemic on his first day in the Oval Office. A national vaccination campaign aims to administer 100 million shots to cover 50 million Americans in his first 100 days in office. Led by Dr. Anthony Fauci and other medical experts, pandemic control actions will ramp up, such as travel restrictions, mandatory mask rules, increased testing, and more personal protective equipment. Along with orders to boost supplies for vaccination, the team will also focus on developing therapeutics to treat COVID-19.

  • Is telemedicine for dentists?

    Lloyd Park Oral & Dental Healthcare

    COVID-19 has been a major catalyst for telemedicine adoption. In response to lockdowns and closures, clinicians adjusted their practices to offer treatment in a pandemic-safe manner, and many implemented telemedicine technology. This resulted in a sizable population of patients becoming familiar with telemedicine. In fact, Medical Economics found that 83% of patients expect to use telemedicine after the pandemic resolves. However, for dental practices, telemedicine adoption continues to lag behind other medical fields. In this article, we offer an overview of teledentistry. We discuss the primary benefits of teledentistry, and cover some of the pain points inhibiting its growth.

  • 5 reasons to build a healthcare brand for millennials

    Alexa Lemzy Oral & Dental Healthcare

    The millennial generation consists of people born between 1981 and 1996, making members of this group between the ages of 25 and 40 in 2021. As the demographic approaches middle age, their need for healthcare is increasing. As the largest generational group, this creates a huge market for healthcare brands ready to cater to their preferences. As a demographic, millennials differ from previous generations significantly in the way they choose services and respond to marketing. As a result, healthcare brands need to be built to meet these new demands.

  • Should your dental practice offer membership plans?

    Lloyd Park Oral & Dental Healthcare

    According to Kaiser Family Foundation, 37 million Americans do not have dental insurance. As a result, dental practices have begun offering their own personalized and affordable dental membership plans to patients. In total, less than 20% of dental practices currently have memberships. However, this figure is growing rapidly due to the adoption of dental membership plan software. But how do these plans work? And are they a worthwhile investment for dental practices? Dental practices should weigh the costs and benefits of membership plans and become familiar with the software tools that enable them.

  • Infographic: What new tech means for nursing homes of the future

    Brian Wallace Oral & Dental Healthcare

    The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for quality nursing home care. While 25% of COVID-19 deaths come from nursing homes, the quality of the nursing home affects results: 4- to 5-star nursing homes had 94% lower risk than their 1-star peers. When the pandemic is over, those disparities will remain. As the population of America ages, nursing homes will house more people than ever in the coming years.

  • The meaning of the healthcare podcast revolution

    Keith Carlson Oral & Dental Healthcare

    When podcasts began appearing around 2004, capitalizing on the presence of MP3 players like the iPod, little did we know that they would eventually become a driving force in the wider culture, let alone in healthcare, nursing, medicine, and related fields. Podcasts have emerged as a leading technology for disseminating opinion, entertainment, and information. Through the expanding podcast sphere, laypeople and professionals are leveraging the power of digital audio to create content covering most every aspect of human endeavor.

  • How common oral and nasal rinses might reduce COVID risk in the dental…

    R.V. Scheide Oral & Dental Healthcare

    The results of two recent peer-reviewed studies that found Listerine and an array of cosmetic and therapeutic mouthwashes kill the novel coronavirus in the laboratory should be approached cautiously. The studies are in vitro, in glass, in the test tube, in the petri dish, and we won’t know if these compounds work on actual living organisms, in this case human beings, until in vivo studies are done. Nevertheless, for dentists, dental hygienists and other dental healthcare providers, there’s plenty to celebrate in the studies, since they both validate some practices already put in place by dental offices when the pandemic took off in the United States last March and point the way forward for future research.

  • Study: A substantial number of patients have deferred care during the COVID-19…

    Scott E. Rupp Oral & Dental Healthcare

    Routine patient care received a devastating blow earlier this year as the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged healthcare facilities, countless communities across the country and shut down elective procedures. According to a new study on patient care's impact during the pandemic, almost half of all U.S. employees deferred care because of the pandemic, Willis Towers Watson said. The global advisory firm surveyed a statistically valid 4,898 workers reporting that as many as 44% deferred medical care at some point during the pandemic.

  • Fiction and fact: The undermining of science and society

    Keith Carlson Oral & Dental Healthcare

    In these days of a tumultuous and politically divided country and a raging pandemic taking scores of lives each day, research is a cornerstone of the bedrock of public health, evidence-based science, and healthcare delivery. However, when determined efforts are made to undermine the importance of the truth of scientific inquiry and discovery, our society itself is lamentably and powerfully undermined. The very notion of how we as humans accept or reject the concept of facts has changed remarkably in the course of the first two decades of the 21st century.

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