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Brasseler USA Launches New E-Commerce Experience: Shop.BrasselerUSA.com PDF Print E-mail
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Brasseler USA, a leading provider of dental instrumentation, launched today a new e-commerce experience: Shop.BrasselerUSA.com. The all new, mobile-friendly Shop.BrasselerUSA.com introduces a completely refreshed shopping experience with enhanced search features, expanded product information, and an easy-to-navigate interface.

 

Brasseler USA’s new e-commerce platform further embodies the Company’s ‘By Your Side’ commitment by satisfying the constantly evolving needs of dental professionals and their desire to access our wide range of dental instrumentation whenever and wherever,” says Marc Gordon, Vice President and General Manager.

 

Enhanced search features allow dental professionals to find what they need, quickly and easily. Shoppers can search for a product by name, product number, category or even a specific product attribute. What’s more, type-ahead search results complete with product images makes searching simple, and choosing the right product is now easier than ever with a new product comparison tool.

 

In addition, richer product information on the new site provides details such as size, shape, grit and procedure, along with enhanced descriptions, supporting documentation, and videos. Everything shoppers need is all in one place—dental professionals no longer have to filter through multiple websites to obtain the information they want. 

 

Shop.BrasselerUSA.com’s new, responsive design is ready for use on digital devices of all shapes and sizes, including phones and tablets. Dental professionals can order what they need, when they need it, whether at the office, at home, or on the go.  A modern design and straightforward navigation make the site familiar and easy to use.

 

“We focused our efforts to develop a site based upon user feedback in order to exceed expectations,” remarked Ryan Dew, Brasseler USA’s Director of Administration. “We believe Shop.BrasselerUSA.com delivers not only a superior experience over other e-commerce sites in the dental industry, it’s actually comparable to the e-commerce giants we as consumers buy from regularly.” 

 

For more information about Brasseler USA’s new e-commerce site, visit Shop.BrasselerUSA.com.

 
Danville Materials Announces Cem EZ PDF Print E-mail
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It’s always nice to see companies continue to innovate.  Zest Dental Solutions acquired Danville Materials in February 2016.  At the time, Danville was a small company with some very good products.  However, it seemed they sometimes liked the funding to provide for R&D and sometimes laced adequate distribution for their products.  Danville always made good products and usually their users were rabid fans.  That’s the reason I saw a bright future for Danville when Zest came along and acquired them.  They now had some money to spend to expand their product selection as well as helping with sales.
 
Now we are beginning to see how this will all shake out as Danville begins to bring more innovation to the industry.  Their latest product is called Cem EZ and I’m proud to say that I was part of a think tank group that met and helped them with some product names.
 
Here is the whole explanation of cam EZ that Danville recently sent out:
 

Since Zest Dental Solutions’ acquisition of Danville Materials in February 2016, we have embarked upon several significant endeavors, including:

-          The addition of multiple personnel in key areas throughout the business to better support our growth both internally and externally

-          Facility consolidation that included integration of manufacturing and shipping from San Ramon, California to the Zest Dental Solutions global headquarters in Carlsbad, California

-          New branding architecture that now positions Danville Materials as a portfolio of products under the Zest Dental Solutions Business

 

While all this has taken place, the Zest Dental Solutions Team has been hard at work in developing the next product in our IntelliTek™ line of products. The first product to carry this innovative curing technology, Bulk EZ™, has experienced phenomenal growth (200+%) in the past 12 months on a sell-out basis. We could not be more proud to see the market responding so favorably to our unique dual-cure bulk-fill composite that finally addresses the remaining challenges plaguing posterior composite placement.

 

Now, we are proud to announce the launch of Cem EZ™, the next IntelliTek innovation from Zest Dental Solutions. Cem EZ is an adhesive resin cement that is designed for the esthetic and permanent cementation of nearly all of today’s indirect restorative materials. With IntelliTek at work, this cement will provide outstanding color stability over time, and widespread compatibility with today’s modern adhesive systems. Additionally, Cem EZ provides:

 

-          High bond strength to a variety of materials including Porcelain, Lithium Disilicate, and Zirconia

-          Excellent protection from microleakage, supported by 3rd party research conducted at the University of Alabama

-          Ideal working viscosity for placement, and trouble-free cleanup after tack curing

-          Simplified technique (no additional primer needed for zirconia)

-          Only three ideal shades to do it all: Translucent, Warm, White Opaque

 

Cem EZ is truly representative of the core values long associated with the Danville Product Portfolio: great performance at a great value.

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FDA Recalls Nearly 500,000 Pacemakers Due to Fear of Their Cyber Security PDF Print E-mail

 

 

Cybersecurity in healthcare is now starting to really gain some main stream attention.  I’ve been following this trend for the last 2 years or so and I’ve been waiting for an event like this to transpire.  It usually takes having money involved/stolen/moved/lost or spent to bring attention to some type of hack or hackable system (BTW the term “hackable system” is an oxymoron the shame from which I must bear as its inventor).  

Now, however, we’ve seen the focus shift to the healthcare sector due to a threat on human life.  That’s right, lives are at stake due to hacking and I’m talking about one life at a time.  Obviously, things like hacking the power grid could cause loss of life, but the real and present danger of this situation is that someone could hack an implanted pacemaker, making it brick itself or increasing the heart rate to a dangerous/fatal level.

When the concept of these devices was first conceived, the prevailing thought was how convenient and safe it would be that a doctor could adjust a pacemaker in their office with no physical contact with the patient.  Safe, sterile, fast seemed to make this the Holy Grail of pacemaker monitoring and communication.  Unfortunately we cannot count on human beings to do the right things.  Just like the old adage of “make an idiot proof system and they just make better idiots”, we’ve now entered the realm of “making something hackable and someone will hack it”.  We thought Ransomware of our data was a scourge, imagine what someone holding your pacemaker hostage would be like.

The problem I’m seeing here is that, unfortunately, this is just the tip of a very, very big healthcare IT security iceberg.  There are lots of legacy systems out there right now running on Windows XP (and we all know he secure that has to be at this point).  Those systems could easily be hacked and reprogrammed, bricked, etc.  What happens to the patients dependent on those systems?

Lately there has been a heavy duty hue and cry over security in the Internet of Things (IoT).  For those of you unaware, that term applies to things like thermostats, cameras, appliances, etc that are connected to the Internet via WiFi.  While I’ll agree that having your connected home hacked could be a major hassle, it pales in comparison to what could happen with an appliance inside your body is taken over.

Let me be sure to tell you that there is no recorded incident of someone tinkering with pacemakers, but the potential certainly exists and MUST be dealt with in this and every other medical device that is potentially subject to compromise.

If you or a loved one is dealing with this pacemaker problem, here is some good info from the FDA:

 

Firmware Update to Address Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Identified in Abbott's (formerly St. Jude Medical's) Implantable Cardiac Pacemakers: FDA Safety Communication

 

Audience

 

  • Patients with a radio frequency (RF)-enabled St. Jude Medical implantable pacemaker
  • Caregivers of patients with an RF-enabled St. Jude Medical implantable cardiac pacemaker
  • Cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and primary care physicians treating patients with heart failure or heart rhythm problems using an RF-enabled St. Jude Medical implantable cardiac pacemaker

 

Medical Specialties

 

Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Failure

 

Devices

 

Abbott's (formerly St. Jude Medical's) implantable cardiac pacemakers, including cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker (CRT-P) devices, provide pacing for slow or irregular heart rhythms. These devices are implanted under the skin in the upper chest area and have connecting insulated wires called "leads" that go into the heart. A patient may need an implantable cardiac pacemaker if their heartbeat is too slow (bradycardia) or needs resynchronization to treat heart failure.

 

The devices addressed in this communication are the following St. Jude Medical pacemaker and CRT-P devices:

 

  • Accent
  • Anthem
  • Accent MRI
  • Accent ST
  • Assurity
  • Allure

 

This communication does NOT apply to any implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) or to cardiac resynchronization ICDs (CRT-Ds).

For the full statement and information from the FDA, here is the link.  

 
Dentsply Sirona World 2017 is SOLD OUT- but registration for 2018 is open! PDF Print E-mail
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Well, Will Smith lovers I hate to tell you this, but your chance to Get Jiggy With It has passed you by.  Dentsply Sirona World is now officially sold out for 2017.  However, plans are already being made for next year’s event in Orlando
 
 

This year’s event in Las Vegas is sold out, but registration is available for Dentsply Sirona World 2018 in Orlando

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 31, 2017) – If you missed the chance to attend this year’s Ultimate Dental Meeting in Las Vegas, register now for Dentsply Sirona World 2018 in Orlando, Florida, so as not to make the same mistake twice!

Dentsply Sirona World is heading back to the Sunshine State for next year’s event. Hosted at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort from Sept. 13- 15 in the heart of Orlando, this educational festival will yet again offer the crème de la crème of clinical and business speakers, and entertainment. Attendees can earn continuing education while broadening their scope of knowledge and expanding their professional network.

Per tradition, the Ultimate Dental Meeting provides education for all dental professionals, including specialists. Currently, tracks include*:

  • Business & Practice Management

  • CAD/CAM

  • Endodontics

  • Imaging

  • Implantology

  • Office Design

  • Orthodontics

  • Preventive

  • Prosthetics & Lab

  • Restorative

  • Special Markets & Topics

    SIROWORLD 2016, the first annual Ultimate Dental Meeting, was located at the Rosen Shingle Creek and was met with substantial success and rave reviews by those within the dental community. Breaking Dentsply Sirona records, SIROWORLD set the precedent for future meetings like Dentsply Sirona World 2017, which is anticipated to transcend all events previously hosted, and 2018 will have even more surprises in store. To learn more about Dentsply Sirona World 2018, visit www.dentsplysironaworld.com.

    To register for Dentsply Sirona World 2018, visit www.dentsplysironaworld.com. For any event questions, please contact the help desk by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 844.462.7476.

 

 

 
Dental Practice Pro Allows for Data Mining on All Major Dental Software Platforms PDF Print E-mail
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One of the big things that is hitting the management side of dentistry is third party data mining applications.  While it looks like most of the large dental software companies are not really working on ground breaking improvements, there are several smaller companies that are entering into that realm.
 
Dental Practice Pro is one of those companies.  They are a cloud based business enterprise software solution for several different software companies, but it appears their major push currently is for Dentrix users.
 
The software pulls a ton of data from your database and displays it on a dashboard for quick and easy reference.  When we are in dental school, students get only a minimal dose of business education if we receive any at all.  Because of that, many dental practices are in desperate need of ways to view data in a format that makes sense and allows them to make good decisions.
 
Companies like DPP are making that possible.  For all the info on DDP, click here.  
 
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