Friday, October 24, 2014

Huge fake dental equipment haul


More than 12,000 pieces of illegal dental equipment have been seized in the UK in the past six months.
The products, ranging from drills to X-rays, were counterfeit copies of major brands or sub-standard with fake documentation.
Some products appeared to have official safety CE marks, but importers said it meant "Chinese export".
The regulator said that dentists could be prosecuted if they knowingly bought equipment that put patients at risk.
The items were discovered during an investigation by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which is responsible for making sure that dental equipment in the UK meets safety standards.
Among the items seized on arrival in the UK were poorly made dentist power drills and handheld X-ray machines with dangerous wiring.

Read the rest here on the BBC website

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Carestream Dental Signs Integration Agreement with Sesame Communications


Relationship enhances automated online marketing and communications for dentists and specialists using Carestream Dental practice management software
ATLANTA – Carestream Dental, a worldwide provider of industry-leading imaging, CAD/CAM, software and practice management solutions for dental and oral health professionals, today announced an integration agreement with Sesame Communications, the leading provider of cloud-based solutions to help dental care providers accelerate new patient acquisition and build patient loyalty.
Under the terms of the agreement, Carestream Dental will develop bidirectional integration for Sesame services in its CS PracticeWorks, CS SoftDent, CS OrthoTrac and CS WinOMS practice management software products. In addition, Carestream Dental will provide technical assistance to Sesame Communications for their existing practice management software integrations with Carestream Dental practice management software products.
“We are very excited to add Sesame Communications as an Integrated Partner as we continue to expand our partnership channel in the patient communications and practice marketing arena to better serve our customers,” Alistair Bruce, general manager, global dental practice management solutions business, Carestream Dental, said. “The agreement will ensure the stability of Sesame’s existing integrations with Carestream Dental practice management software products and allow for the development of enhanced functionality between Sesame services and our practice management software products to provide even more benefit to our mutual customers.”
“Automated appointment reminders are critical to improve efficiency and increase production within dental practices, and is a core component of Dental Sesame,” Diana P. Friedman, president and CEO, Sesame Communications, said. “We are honored to be working with Carestream Dental within its Integrated Partner program and are excited about the tremendous benefits this new cross-system functionality offers our valued dental care provider members.”
For more information on Carestream Dental’s innovative solutions, call 800.944.6365 or visit www.carestreamdental.com.
For more information on Sesame and its service offerings, call 866.437.5384 or visit www.sesamecommunications.com.
About Sesame Communications
Sesame Communications helps dental care providers harness the power of the Internet to accelerate new patient acquisition and transform the patient experience. The company supports thousands of practices in their efforts to grow and increase profitability in the digital age. The Sesame 24-7 platform provides an end-to-end, HIPAA-compliant system tailored to the unique and specific needs of dentistry. An Inc. 500|5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ company, Sesame is recognized as one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. For more information about Sesame, visit sesamecommunications.com.
About Carestream Dental
Carestream Dental provides industry-leading imaging, CAD/CAM, software and practice management solutions for dental and oral health professionals. With more than 100 years of industry experience, Carestream Dental products are used by seven out of 10 practitioners globally and deliver more precise diagnoses, improved workflows and superior patient care. For more information or to contact a Carestream Dental representative, call 800.944.6365 or visit www.carestreamdental.com.

About Carestream Health
Carestream is a worldwide provider of dental and medical imaging systems and IT solutions; X-ray imaging systems for non-destructive testing and advanced materials for the precision films and electronics markets. For more information about the company’s broad portfolio of products, solutions and services, please contact your Carestream representative, call 888.777.2072 or visit www.carestream.com.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Genetic Risk Assessment for Periodontal Disease Highlighted during American Dental Association Annual Meeting



Dr. Kenneth S. Kornman of Interleukin Genetics Presents the Value and Use of Genetic Testing in Clinical Dentistry. 

Interleukin’s Genetic Risk Test, PerioPredict® Awarded “Best New Hygienist Product” by DrBicuspid

WALTHAM, Mass., – October 13, 2014 – Interleukin Genetics, Inc. is pleased to announce that the topic of genetics in relation to periodontal disease was a focus at the 2014 American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Meeting.

During a Saturday morning continuing education course titled, “Introduce Scientific Advances Into Your Clinical Practice”, Interleukin’s Chief Executive Officer Kenneth S. Kornman, DDS, PhD presented on the topic of genetic testing as part of risk stratification for preventive dental care.

Heightened interest in the subject results from the landmark research published in the Journal of Dental Research (June 2013). The University of Michigan Personalized Prevention Study provided important new insights into the prevention of periodontal disease and the significant opportunity to improve oral health through a personalized approach to preventive care that includes genetics. Last month, the study’s authors received the 2014 Clinical Research Award from the American Academy of Periodontology demonstrating the impact of this research on clinical dentistry.

During the ADA annual meeting Dr. Kornman was also presented with a 2014 DrBicuspid Dental Excellence Award, naming PerioPredict® “Best New Hygienist Product”. The Dental Excellence Awards recognize the very best people, products and services that are helping to improve dental health.  The votes are cast by members of the DrBicuspid.com professional community and DrBicuspid.com readers, and honor the best of what dentistry has to offer.

“We’re truly honored that PerioPredict® has been recognized with an award by the members of DrBicuspid.com. I am also pleased that the ADA has chosen to dedicate a CE session to the important topic of genetic testing, including the research that supports use of genetics as part of a personalized risk-based approach to preventive care” said Dr. Kornman. “The concept of personalized medicine is not new, but current tools, especially in genomics, now allow us to identify and stratify patients with greater precision. This research is opening new doors for the dental profession in terms of optimizing patient care and early identification and prevention of severe periodontitis in patients who are at increased risk.

About PerioPredict®

The PerioPredict® genetic test is quick, easy and painless and is performed by dentists during a routine exam or cleaning. PerioPredic® measures variations in genes for Interleukin-1 (IL-1), a key mediator of inflammation, and identifies individuals who are at increased risk for moderate to severe periodontal disease. The PerioPredict® test results provide essential information to the dental professional for assessing prevention and treatment options for their patients. PerioPredict® is run solely in the Interleukin Genetics CLIA-certified lab in Waltham, MA.  For more information, visit www.PerioPredict.com.

About Interleukin Genetics

Interleukin Genetics, Inc. (OTCQB: ILIU) develops and markets proprietary genetic tests for chronic diseases and health related conditions. The products empower individuals to prevent certain chronic conditions and manage their existing health and wellness through genetic-based insights with actionable guidance. Interleukin Genetics leverages its research, intellectual property and genetic panel development expertise in metabolism and inflammation to facilitate the emerging personalized healthcare market. The Company markets its tests through partnerships with health and wellness companies, healthcare professionals and other distribution channels. Interleukin Genetics’ flagship products include its proprietary PerioPredict® genetic risk panel for periodontal disease and tooth loss susceptibility sold through dentists, and the Inherent Health Weight Management Genetic Test that identifies the most effective diet and exercise program for an individual based on genetics. Interleukin Genetics is headquartered in Waltham, MA and operates an on-site, state-of-the-art DNA testing laboratory certified under the Clinical Laboratories Improvements Act (CLIA). For more information, please visit www.ilgenetics.com.

Certain statements contained herein are “forward-looking” statements. Because such statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those risks and uncertainties described in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company disclaims any obligation or intention to update these forward-looking statements.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. Enters into Unprecedented Agreement with Boston University to Enable it to Become Nation’s First All-Digital Dental School




Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Students to Learn about Complete Digital Workflow Process in Fully Equipped Operatories


Charlotte, NC (October 10, 2014) – Sirona Dental Systems, Inc., the company that pioneered digital dentistry, has recently entered into a unique digital dentistry agreement with Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) that will enable GSDM to become the first all-digital school of dentistry in the nation, providing dental students at GSDM the opportunity to learn about the current digital dentistry landscape in fully equipped operatories.

Specifically, all dental students will have ready access to the latest digital equipment purchased from Sirona in order to experience a full digital dentistry workflow, including both dental and laboratory techniques and applications. The GSDM Patient Treatment Centers will now be furnished with equipment from Sirona’s CEREC®, Schick, GALILEOS and inLab® product lines.   

A digital dentistry task force was established to transform the dental school curriculum to a completely digital learning environment. The task force set out with a goal to provide students with all of the tools needed for comprehensive treatment plans and efficient delivery of the highest level of oral healthcare using digital dental technologies. It evaluated the necessary facilities, equipment and technical support required to create a seamless all-inclusive system. GSDM sought to make the digital conversion as user-friendly and seamless as possible. The findings of that task force led GSDM to enter into an agreement with Sirona that will enable GSDM to become the first all-digital school of dentistry in the nation. Sirona is able to offer an expansive leading product portfolio, strong technical support and seamless technology integration capabilities. Sirona’s digital technology is used as an educational tool as well as for hands-on clinical experience in the majority of dental schools.


“We are honored to enter into this first of its kind endeavor with Boston University,” remarked Jeffrey Slovin, President and CEO of Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. “Students will get to experience the true workings of a current dental practice environment and we commend the University for leading the way towards educating its students using digital dentistry techniques. We are pleased to collaborate with Boston University in setting the stage for the future of dental education.”

About Sirona Dental Systems, Inc.

Sirona, the dental technology leader, has served dealers and dentists worldwide for more than 130 years. Sirona develops, manufactures and markets a complete line of dental products, including CAD/CAM restoration systems (CEREC), digital intra-oral, panoramic and 3D imaging systems, dental treatment centers and handpieces. Visit www.sironausa.com for more information about Sirona and its products.

About Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Founded in 1963, the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine is the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral healthcare and community service to improve the overall health of the global population. With a faculty of more than 325 educators, clinicians, and researchers and more than 250 staff members, the School offers a full spectrum of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral specialty education programs and a complete range of graduate programs and degrees to more than 700 students.
For more information, please visit www.bu.edu/dental.  

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Monday, October 20, 2014

ADA Launches Benefit Plan Analyzer Powered by Sikka Software

Sikka Software Corporation, the leader in business intelligence software for the Dental industry, and the American Dental Association(ADA) are proud to announce the launch of the revolutionary Benefit Plan Analyzer application. The ADA Benefit Plan Analyzer is powered by Sikka Software’s unique cloud-based platform Sikka Platform Utility™ (SPU). SPU can be installed easily and in a matter of minutes with just a few clicks and is seamlessly compatible with most practice management systems in Dental, Animal Health, Hearing Care and Eye Care markets.
The ADA will add the Benefit Plan Analyzer as a new product offering via its Center for Professional Success (success.ada.org). By analyzing data from their practice management software, the ADA Benefit Plan Analyzer will be used by Dentists to make informed decisions about future practice insurance offerings. “Deciding which Dental benefit plan to participate in is an important business decision for many dentists,” said Dr. Andrew Vorrasi, chair of the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs, which came up with the idea to offer this benefit. “Dentists need to consider both the financial implications to their practice and the capacity issues that may arise as a result of the contract they’re being asked to sign. This new application makes those decisions easier, allowing the Dentists to compare plans and determine what best suits their practice needs.” This new offering is just one of the ADA Center for Professional Success’ innovative resources to help Dentists succeed both professionally and personally.
Sikka Software Corporation CEO, Vijay Sikka said, “The ADA is the gold standard in the Dental industry. The ADA Benefit Plan Analyzer, utilizing the Sikka Platform Utility™. has the potential to help over 70,000 Dental offices make better practice management decisions.” Sikka continued, “We are very pleased that ADA has chosen our SPU to assist their members.”
About Sikka Software
Sikka Software Corporation, a privately-held company, is headquartered in Milpitas, California. The company provides applications for Dental, Animal Health, Hearing Care, Eye Care and other small to medium sized businesses using a unique cloud-based integration platform, Sikka Platform Utility™ (SPU). SPU and over 26 applications manage business processes, such as: practice optimization, account receivable management, lab communication, new patients, patient rewards, insurance, revenue cycle, marketing and communication. With over 12,500 opt-in installations, the company supports a real-time optimization and information network with providers, patients, consultants, manufacturers and financial service providers.
For more information about Sikka Software and its products or to schedule a demo please contact us at 800.947.4552 or visit http://www.sikkasoftware.com.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Carestream Dental Launches CS PracticeWorks Cloud, Offers Live Demos on CAD/CAM Stage at ADA 2014


SAN ANTONIO—Carestream Dental announced today at ADA 2014, the annual meeting of the American Dental Association, the launch of CS PracticeWorks Cloud. Carestream Dental is also showcasing its computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing portfolio, CS Solutions, on the Live-Patient CAD/CAM Stage. Both CS PracticeWorks Cloud and CS Solutions represent Carestream Dental’s continued commitment to workflow integration, humanized technology and diagnostic excellence in the field of dentistry.
CS PracticeWorks Cloud is Carestream Dental’s fourth cloud offering, joining CS SoftDent Cloud, CS Orthotrac Cloud and CS WinOMS Cloud. The platform gives practices the tools they need to work smarter, including a comprehensive set of scheduling, charting and financial features that can be accessed anytime, anywhere on a device with Internet capabilities. The cloud version of CS PracticeWorks also includes several features to enhance practices’ workflow such as the Patient Attachments and Doctor's Work Queue functionality; the eReminders module; and 2015 CDT codes, to name just a few features. ICD-10 codes for CS PracticeWorks Cloud will also be available in 2015.
Workflow has been greatly improved with Patient Attachments and Doctor's Work Queue, which gives practices the ability to attach any kind of document to a patient record; easy labeling and categorization features also makes searching for these attachments more efficient. This feature allows users to flag a patient attachment as "requiring doctor's review," which will move it into a queue for the doctor to review and acknowledge.
Studies have shown that using appointment reminders can reduce no-shows by up to 30 percent. The eReminders module allows practices to connect with their patients through text messages, emails or voicemails. Users simply select a contact message and specify a timeframe and frequency and messages are sent automatically; no user intervention is required.
“One of the unique features of using CS PracticeWorks on a cloud platform is that, as we continue to enhance the product, all upgrades are made automatically,” Matt Ackerman, senior product line manager, CS PracticeWorks, said. “Practices will always be using the most up-to-date version of CS PracticeWorks because Carestream Dental takes care of upgrading practices remotely. Other benefits include secure, HIPPA-compliant storage of patient files, automatic backups and even fewer physical paper files around the office.”  
Also at ADA 2014, Daniel Delrose, D.D.S., is presenting live 30-minute demonstrations of CS Solutions, Carestream Dental’s CAD/CAM portfolio, at the Live-Patient CAD/CAM Stage. Attendees can see how CS Solutions keeps the entire process within a practice to provide more control, save time and keep patients happier. Delrose will perform procedures step-by-step and take questions from the audience in this interactive session. Demonstrations are held twice a day, Thursday, Oct. 9 through Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
CS Solutions, made available for the first time at ADA 2013, is an open CAD/CAM system that allows users to opt for the workflow that is best for their practice, such as handling the entire restoration process in-house or capturing scans and sharing files with one of hundreds of preferred labs around the country. Tools in the CS Solution portfolio include the CS 3500 intraoral scanner, CS Restore software and the CS 3000 milling machine.
ADA 2014 takes place Oct. 9-14, San Antonio, Texas, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Carestream Dental is exhibiting all of its latest products in booth #2300, Oct. 9-11.
For more information on Carestream Dental’s innovative solutions, please call 800.944.6365 or visit www.carestreamdental.com.
About Carestream Dental
Carestream Dental provides industry-leading imaging, CAD/CAM, software and practice management solutions for dental and oral health professionals. With more than 100 years of industry experience, Carestream Dental products are used by seven out of 10 practitioners globally and deliver more precise diagnoses, improved workflows and superior patient care. For more information or to contact a Carestream Dental representative, call 800.944.6365 or visit www.carestreamdental.com.

About Carestream Health
Carestream is a worldwide provider of dental and medical imaging systems and IT solutions; X-ray imaging systems for non-destructive testing and advanced materials for the precision films and electronics markets. For more information about the company’s broad portfolio of products, solutions and services, please contact your Carestream representative, call 888.777.2072 or visit www.carestream.com.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Guidance to Dental Professionals on the Ebola Virus from the ADA


A person infected with Ebola is not considered contagious until symptoms appear. Due to the virulent nature of the disease, it is highly unlikely that someone with Ebola symptoms will seek dental care when they are severely ill. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the ADA Division of Science, dental professionals are advised to take a medical history, including a travel history from their patients with symptoms in which a viral infection is suspected.
Any person within 21 days of returning from the West African countries Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea may be at risk of having contacted persons infected with Ebola and may not exhibit symptoms. If this is the case, dental professionals are advised to delay routine dental care of the patient until 21 days have elapsed from their trip. Palliative care for serious oral health conditions, dental infections and pain can be provided if necessary after consulting with the patient’s physician and conforming to standard precautions and physical barriers.
An elevated temperature (fever) is often a consequence of infection, but Ebola is not the only infection that may have similar signs and symptoms. The most common signs and symptoms of Ebola infection are:
  • fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F) and severe headache
  • muscle pain
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • stomach pain or unexplained bleeding or bruising
You are advised not to treat dental patients if they have these signs and symptoms for Ebola. If a patient is feeling feverish and their travel history indicates they may be at risk of Ebola, dental professionals and staff in contact with the patient should:
  • immediately protect themselves by using standard precautions with physical barriers (gowns, masks, face protection, and gloves)
  • immediately call 911 on behalf of the patient
  • notify the appropriate state or local health department authorities
  • ask the health department to provide you and your staff with the most up-to-date guidance on removing and disposing of potentially contaminated materials and equipment, including the physical barriers. 
The Ebola virus is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with blood and body fluids (urine, feces, saliva, vomit and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola, or with objects (like needles) that have been contaminated with the virus. Ebola is not spread through the air or by water or, in general, by food. Again, there is no reported risk of transmission of Ebola from asymptomatic infected patients.
Information and resources on Ebola are posted on the CDC’s website at cdc.gov. A checklist for healthcare providers (PDF) specific to Ebola is included on the site.
Please visit ADA.org/ebola for continued updates on this important public health issue.