Office to Office Communication in the Dental World-Update

A few months ago I wrote about the problems with office to office communication in our field. You can find that post here.  So, with the help of my Periodontist I began using Basecamp from which I wrote about here.

We have been testing this setup for collaboration between my office and our periodontists office for 2 1/2 months. I am hooked, it is by far the simplest way to keep track of cases, create a full and complete diagnosis and begin treatment. The Docs know what is going on, the appropriate team members know what’s going on and the patients know what’s going on. What I really like is that it works just like any regular internet application, no real bells and whistles, just simple communication that everybody is hooked into. It works from Macs, PC’s, iPhones and Blackberry’s. If are interested in how this works or the details, leave a comment below or find me on twitter @dougsandquist.

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  • rvmesq Dec 31, 2009 @ 15:46

    Is the diagnostic quality of digital x-rays the same as x-rays taken on film? What
    if you have the unfortunate experience of being sued for malpractice and the quality of the film you sent to the specialist is called into question? If the specialist relied on your film you will have to defend the accuracy and diagnostic value if it is called into question. I think the practice you outline above is good. However you need to protect the patient and yourself by making sure the image is of diagnostic quality.

    • Doug S Jan 1, 2010 @ 23:44

      We currently collaborate with the same full res files I use for diagnostic purposes. I know personally, I will retake images if necessary to see what I need before I ever rely on another offices images. I can’t speak for other offices, but it’s probably true with the specialists I currently work with…