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Enrich your education and advance your career with dental sleep medicine

Perhaps you’ve heard about dental sleep medicine, but aren’t sure what it’s all about. It’s a fast-growing field – pioneered by dentists – that uses oral appliance therapy to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In fact, more dentists are needed to meet the high demand for dental sleep medicine – making now the opportune time to start preparing to enter the field.

How to Keep Text Messaging HIPAA Compliant

The use of cell phones and other wireless technology in patient care is a big trend in dentistry. Many dental providers find text messaging provides quick access to the information they need to make decisions. But dental providers and staff need to keep in mind privacy and security concerns when texting. Whether the devices are organization owned or personally owned, dental organizations that use mobile devices to text health information should comply with HIPAA regulations.

My journalism degree actually prepared me for dental school

You may be thinking, “How could skills with a pen translate to skills with a perio probe?” It may sound tongue-in-cheek, but journalism had me convincing people to open their mouths years before dentistry. Hear me out. The central focus for both dentistry and writing is people. There is no story without a person, nor is there a procedure without a patient. Yes, that can be said for anything from business to baseball, but what dentistry and writing share is unique.

Is income-based repayment right for you?

If you are about to graduate, the biggest financial decision ahead of you – will be what to do about your student loans.
Before you settle on a loan repayment program, you’ll need to understand if you operate at a cash surplus or deficit, This requires understanding all of your monthly expenses.  Once you know that, you’ll be able to plug in the potential loan payments and see what will work best for your specific situation.

Lightning Strikes, Ransomware, and Electronic HIPAA Violations

It’s not a matter of if…but when. These are the words that any healthcare professional is bound to hear throughout their career in regards to cyber-attacks, ransomware, and electronic HIPAA violations. Malicious or criminal attacks account for 48% of data breaches in the United States which includes hacking, viruses and malware, phishing, spear phishing and network intrusion. Additionally, no matter what state you decide to practice in, 47 out of 50 states require breach notifications. As a dental student, you need to understand cyber risks, ransomware and how dental malpractice insurance can protect you.

How to be a good leader

Whether in school or after in a practice setting, achieving your goals will usually come down to one thing: being a good leader. Leaders in a dental practice are the backbone of an operation; a good leader can inspire an inexperienced team to do things that a team that has been together for 10+ years but with no leadership cannot. Because a successful leader is invaluable to any team, at Heartland Dental, we invest in leadership development for supported doctors. While a leader needs to be many things to be successful, here are just a few of the most important traits to have.