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Launch of instream, a new company offering specialized e-services for dental professionals and insurance carriers

OTTAWA, June 27, 2014 – Continovation Services Inc. (CSI), provider of the ITRANS suite of services, today announced the creation of instream, a specialized provider of secure online services for the dental community and insurers. instream’s primary mission is to reduce payment inefficiencies and improve communication between two primary groups – dental professionals and insurers. CSI, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Canadian Dental Association (CDA), currently provides secure real-time claim services exclusively to CDA members. These services will be licensed to instream, an independent privately owned company offering a broad range of new exchange services that are not part of CDA ...

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Using LED Lights in Your Office: Are Your Eyes at Risk?

By Dr. Richard Price In 2011 researchers at Dalhousie University highlighted the potential ocular damage to dental professionals from dental curing lights. ‘Evaluation of Ocular Hazards from 4 Types of Curing Lights
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Is it time to retire your office modem?

Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks at CDA, interviewed Geoff Valentine, Manager of Health Informatics at CDA, about emerging issues surrounding the use of modems in dental offices for the transmission of dental claims.

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What are the best practices for building high performance in human resource management?

In response to the survey on Stress points in the Dental Practice, we introduce a series of posts related to the topics identified in the survey responses. This post relates to human resources management. This summary is based on the article published in the Global Business and Organizational Excellence: best practices for building high performance in human resource management (January 2014) Context Human resource (HR) professionals have long realized the value of learning from leading organizations’ experiences that taking a best practices approach to the HR function can drive the high performance necessary to survive and thrive in a competitive market. An overview of ...

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Are you a leader in your practice?

This post is based on the article published in the Harvard Business Review: Be seen as a leader (December 2013) by Adam D. Galinsky and Gavin J. Kilduff Social scientists have spent decades studying how individuals achieve status within organizational groups—that is, how they gain respect, prominence, and influence in the eyes of others. Age, looks, position, expertise, competence as well as commitments matter. However, the old adage “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” is at least partially true. Numerous studies show that social hierarchies develop quickly and are generally stable: People who achieve high status early tend to retain it. All this to suggest that ...

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: an occupational hazard?

This summary is based on the article published in the International Dental Journal: Carpal tunnel syndrome – an occupational hazard facing dentistry (October 2013) Sagar Abichandani, Saquib Shaikh and Ramesh Nadiger Purpose of the Review Evaluate the comprehensive literature on carpal tunnel syndrome to discover work specific to carpal tunnel syndrome among dentists in order to determine whether there is any correlation with dentists having a higher prevalence of its occurrence. Key Messages The prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome is higher in dental professionals involved in various aspects of dental specialties. Abnormal postures, including muscle imbalances, muscle necrosis, trigger points, hypomobile joints, nerve compression ...

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