Tuesday, 28 April 2015 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
Being able to capture digital images directly to the cloud (meaning images are not stored locally and then at some point uploaded to the cloud) is an amazing accomplishment--and a patented one, too! The sooner your x-rays and other digital images are safely and securely stored on the cloud the better. But our work is never done. The speed at which images are captured to the cloud is dependent upon a number of different factors, all of which are not necessarily within our control or your control. So we asked ourselves how we could increase capture speeds. And after some coffee, a game of foosball, and an afternoon nap we had a wonderful idea. After spending some time under the Curve Imaging hood, images now display immediately at the same time it is being uploaded to the cloud. This tweak circumvents all of the environmental factors that can’t be controlled (internet connection, hardware, etc.), allowing the image to appear immediately while the uploading process continues in the background. In most cases the image will appear and the upload process will be completed pretty much at the same time. Some of our customers will notice an increase in capture speed while others may not. Whether or not the image is in the process of being uploaded is indicated by an icon in the top left of the image (Img.1 below). This icon will disappear once the image has been uploaded. A warning message will appear if there is a technical issue with the upload (Img.2 below). If the upload is being monitored on more than one computer, the computers that are not responsible for the capture will see an indication that the images are being uploaded and will be notified as well if there are any failures in the upload. Frankly, we’re really pleased with what we’ve done. We think our customers will be, too. We look forward to bringing more features in the future. It’s amazing what an afternoon nap can accomplish. Enjoy! Images will now display an indicator while uploading. An office will be notified if there is any problem with the images being uploaded.
Thursday, 23 April 2015 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
Text messages are wonderful ways to communicate with other people. But they do have a dark side. Some text messages, especially the automated ones, are like carrier pigeons with a bad memory. They’ll get the message to the right person, but a reply may never get back to the right person. You’ll most likely find your message in a park somewhere pecking at breadcrumbs. Similarly, appointment reminders sent through Curve Connex by text message are not designed to accept a reply but some of your patients may have assumed they could reply. That expectation caused some drama for one or two of our customers. In order to alleviate confusion we changed the text in the text message to better inform your patients that a reply won’t work.
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 by Andy Jensen, CMO
The facts are quite clear, my friends. The more time and energy you and your team spend on things that matter, the better your practice becomes. So, what matters? Here's some ideas: Attention to patient care and service Continuing education Attention to processes that put the patient first Happy people and smiling faces What about making sure the server gets backed up? Nope. Backups are just as out of date and out of touch as X-ray film. What about installing software upgrades? Nope. Having to install upgrades is a practice killer, not a path to a killer practice. Don't get those two confused. When you move your practice to the cloud you'll never worry about backups and never hassle with upgrades. Think of the oodles of time saved if you don't have to run a backup or install upgrades. Now, take all that time and imagine what you could do with that time to make your patients feel like rockstars. Get the picture? Hear that guitar scream? Call and chat with one of our dental software experts to learn more.
Thursday, 16 April 2015 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
I can’t read my dentist’s handwriting. It may just be results from a polygraph, for all I know, or random scribbling. I find it curious that illegibility is common from one doctor to another. For years, paper prescriptions have crossed over the pharmacy counter sometimes looking like hieroglyphics made by chickens. This is how terrible mistakes happen. But there is another more legible solution. E-prescriptions have been becoming more and more accepted as a means of transmitting a patient’s varying needs for medication between the provider and the pharmacy. This can include both new prescriptions as well as renewals of current medications, which can save time, be more convenient for both providers and patients, and become a completely automated process. Working with our new partner, DrFirst, we have successfully integrated their e-prescription management software, Rcopia, into our own beloved Curve Hero. Once set up with Rcopia, offices will have the ability to launch Rcopia’s portal from Hero (see image below) and deal with their individual patient’s prescription needs, with basic patient information synced in from Hero to eliminate the need for adding it in again. We are excited to be offering this to our customers in such changing times and look forward to additional features involving Rcopia and Hero in the future. To learn more, contact Tina Cook, our resident E-prescription expert at 888-910-4376 x2004. Click HERE for Press Release Rcopia is launched through a link in our prescriptions module. Example of the Rcopia interface once launched
Wednesday, 1 April 2015 by Andy Jensen, CMO
Not long ago, Dr. Lorne Lavine, a long-time acquaintance whom I respect for his knowledge of dental technology, hosted a webinar focused on Microsoft's discontinued support of WindowsXP. Many doctors were and still are using older computers with WindowsXP, which are susceptible to security breaches. Dr. Lavine does a great job in outlining the problems with WindowsXP, which is important; however, he also shows you how your practice can benefit from this challenge, which may be more important. The webinar is short and fun, lasting no more than 45 minutes. It's certainly worth your time--especially if your practice still has computers running WindowsXP. Enjoy!
Thursday, 19 March 2015 by Andy Jensen, CMO
Raul Nemes, Director of Product We are super excited to introduce you to a new member of our management team. To expand our leadership role in providing doctors with a unique user experience we created a new director-level position and hired Raul Nemes to fill that position. Raul is the perfect man to broaden and further our "coolness". And he'll be able to do that for a number of different reasons: First: Raul's experience in bringing to market really cool stuff goes back nearly two decades. He's been involved in radiology, education, communications, and even defense. He's the type of guy that likes to get his hands dirty, rub shoulders with customers while they're working and get a really good feel for what's up. Second, Raul is a very creative guy. In his younger years he was a DJ featured by MTV. So he knows his tunes and he can put together a beat to get the team motating, our customers grooving, and the industry moving to the cloud. Third, Raul lives life large. When he puts his mind to something he's all in. Picture that scene in Casino Royale where our hero, James Bond, bets it all... and wins, duh! That's our Mr. Nemes. He has vision and he'll help us go where no dental software has gone before. You can learn more about Raul by reading the official press release , but also expect to see him posting on this blog from time to time. Welcome, Raul!
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Not only is it used on an “idiot’s” luggage (thank you, Spaceballs) but is also one of the most widely used passwords on the internet. This has caused many websites to institute mandatory password policies with their applications in order to combat weak passwords. Unfortunately, when we try to create more sophisticated passwords we can get into trouble, too: For example: $P@C38A!!SRUL3$M is not very user friendly and even less memorable. This, in turn, creates a need for us to have an automated way to reset passwords from time to time when they escape our memory. It may come as a shock, but the team at Curve Dental is not perfect either and may, from time to time, forget a password and need to reset it. And if we forget then anybody can forget. Hence, we have now added a handy new feature to Hero that will allow you to reset your password, thereby bypassing the need to place a call to our customer service team to reset the password. That’s a business in which we’d rather not be! Here’s how it works: When you attempt to log into Hero, you will now notice a new link on the login page that allows you to access the new forgotten password feature. Once you submit your username, you will be sent a link that will take you to a page where you will have the ability to reset the password on your account. You will then be taken back to the login so that you may continue on with your use of Hero. An emailed notification will also be sent during this period to ensure that you are alerted to the change; if someone else changes your password you’ll know about it and can then contact your administrator accordingly. Please checkout the community for more information. Unassisted password management has been a long time coming and we are excited to introduce this feature. This new feature truly impacts Curve Hero’s usability score in a big way. Forgot Password link now appears on the Hero login Page. User can now reset the password on his/her account.
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 by Andy Jensen, CMO
The things people will say! Just recently a doctor forwarded to us a note he received from a client-server sales rep talking about the cloud. The three key messages were primeval! So, allow me to focus on each backward-thinking thought one at a time. Today's topic: Cloud-based software is "outrageously" expensive. Ack! That's simply not true. "Outrageous" is how our competitor describes it. When you compare apples to apples (which our competitors never do) you can really see the value cloud-based software brings to the table. "Outrageous" is how I'd describe their assertion! To compare apples to apples, you need to view your technology footprint holistically. The price you pay for management software is more than just the user license fee. Do some quick, back-of-the-envelope math and add up what you're really paying for management software on a monthly basis: End User License Fee (take this number and amortize it over three or four years. Don't forget to include training and conversion costs) Imaging Software License Fee (take this number and amortize it over three or four years) Customer Support and Upgrades (figure what you pay per month for both your management software and your imaging software and add it to the previous amount) Data Backup (add your monthly cost to the bucket--and there's a cost whether you pay for a service or do it yourself) IT Services (figure out what you pay annually and divide that number by 12 and then add the resulting number to your bucket) Hardware Costs (every IT pro says you should be replacing your computers and your server every three to four years. Amortize all of your HW costs over three or four years and add that number to your bucket) eServices (what are you paying every month for electronic claims, elegibilities, and ERA? Add that number to the bucket) Installing Upgrades (figure out how much time you spend every year installing upgrades and multiply by what you think you're worth; add that number to your bucket) Patient Communication (if you're paying for automated appointment reminders add that number to the bucket) Remote Access (how much does it cost you to access your patient data remotely; factor in the time you spent in purchasing, installing, and on-going configuring to make it work) Now, add up all the numbers in your bucket. The typical practice is going to be between $400 to $600: That's what you're paying for management software on a monthly basis. (If your number is lower you're most likely not properly maintaining your technology footprint with upgrades, proper maintenance, etc. and chances are you'll face larger one-time investments in technology at some point; being stuck with XP computers is a prime example.) Compare that number to Curve Dental's monthly subscription (call us to get a number specific to your practice's needs and review our ROI guidelines). If we're lower, then we're a bargain. If we're the same, then you're getting better software for the same price. If we're higher, then you have to ask yourself if you're willing to pay a little bit more every month for all the advantages of the cloud. I think paying for $400 to $600 per month for old, tired, out-dated software is outrageous. It's 2015: Don't you think it's time to bury the server?
Thursday, 12 March 2015 by Andy Jensen, CMO
Dental software on the cloud, like Curve Dental, is software sold on a subscription basis (or SaaS, Software as a Service). Rather than pay a humongous chuck of change ONLY for the licensing fees, cloud-based dental software requires only a small upfront fee and then a monthly subscription that usually covers all the services your practice may need. Once upon a time I had the opportunity to vacation in Playa Del Carmen just south of Cancun, Mexico. I stayed at a fancy all-inclusive resort right on the beach. It was awesome! The beverages in the minibar fridge in my room were there for my taking: No extra charge. The breakfast buffet: No charge. Lunch brought to my cabana on the beach: No charge. Fresh catch dinner next to the pool: No charge. Late-night chocolate cake dessert brought to my room (which only went to my waist): No charge! That's the type of experience Curve Dental aims to provide its customers. Frequent upgrades: No charge. Exceptional customer service by phone: No charge. Keystroke-by-keystroke data backup: No charge. Any where, anytime data access: No charge. On-demand video training: No charge. Use of the world's sexiest odontogram: No charge! It's amazing what a small, monthly subscription can deliver to your practice: Comprehensive set of practice management tools (from back office to front office), digital imaging, automated appointment reminders, data backup, technical support, remote access, patient portal, and more. Learn more about Curve Dental's pricing or chat with one of our dental software experts at 888-910-4376.
Tuesday, 3 March 2015 by Andy Jensen, CMO
I speak with doctors every day who are looking for new software. Some are actively looking to move their practice to the cloud. Some are a little hesitant, but after chatting are ready to go. And some seem to wear blinders. One doctor explained to me that their practice was moving from DENTRIX to Eaglesoft and they were quite excited by their decision. After speaking with them they readily agreed that with Eaglesoft they would gain some new features not available with DENTRIX but also they would lose some functionality they currently use in DENTRIX. Switching from one system to another is not a walk through the park; it's quite disruptive to any practice, but by all means quite possible--doctors are switching all the time. If you're going to go through the exercise of switching software you best be sure you're making one that is moving your practice forward, not sideways. Switching from one client-server system to another is very much a sideways move. You may gain new functionality in the new system but you're also most likely losing something on the other side. More importantly, you're keeping your practice chained to out-dated technology and a pesky server. Backups are still a problem to address. Upgrades will still cost you time and money. A move to the cloud, on the other hand, means you move your practice forward to the current technology standard. You free yourself from a server. You never hassle with upgrades. You never worry about backups. You can access your patient information from anywhere at any time. Moving forward requires thinking outside the box; it requires a paradigm shift and moving your practice to the cloud is clear step forward. We've built quite a library of whitepapers and case studies to make my point very clear: The cloud makes more sense for your practice. Additionally, you might enjoy perusing our YouTube channel to learn more about what makes us tick.
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 by Andy Jensen, CMO
Dr. Melissa Santilli's Honey Dental had been in operation for less than a few months when disaster struck. She left the office at 6:30 pm on a brisk Tuesday evening. She hadn't been home long when she received a phone call from her security company. "At first they told there had been a break in at the office," she says. "On my way back to the practice they called me again to say the fire department was there to shut off water because my office was completely flooded. I naively thought there may be a few inches of water in one or two rooms, but when I got there I was shocked." Dr. Santilli arrived at her practice to find water running out of both her front and back doors. "There was three inches of water throughout the practice. My computers were destroyed. My chairs were damaged and probably no longer under warranty. My pano, vac, and compressor were also bathed in water." By the time Dr. Santilli reached her office and took stock of the situation, it was nearing 10:00 pm. She had patients coming into the office and she needed to contact them before the hour got any later. Fortunately, Dr. Santilli manages her office using a cloud-based management system. She assembled her team and using their laptops and Starbucks' wifi to access their patient data, they used their cell phones to reschedule patients. The Honey Dental team making calls from Starbucks. "Our cloud-based dental software allowed me to stay accountable to my patients," Dr. Santilli explained. "Because we could access our schedule from anywhere we were able to see who was scheduled and notify them of the situation. And in this situation, their personal information was not lost to flood. I can't imagine opening an office any other way. I would have violated my patients' trust if I had lost their data. Protecting their information is part of my responsibility as a healthcare professional." Honey Dental has a long road to recovery. Contractors say she's at least a month away from having her suite repaired. Her insurance company, lacking a full year of operation history, is balking on providing any type of reimbursement for lost production. Dr. Santilli appreciates your help. Curve Dental has written an interesting whitepaper touching on how the cloud can help your practice rebound from misfortune. Click Here to download your own copy today.
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 by Andy Jensen, CMO
With Curve Dental you don't pay a humongous, up-front licensing fee. With DENTRIX and Eaglesoft, as just an example, you'll pay thousands and thousands (you have to write a hefy check just to get your hands on a bunch of CD's--and then you have to pay yourself or someone else to install the software!). For any doctor, that upfront fee can be hard to swallow--especially for new practices that are cash-strapped. With Curve Dental you pay a small, monthly subscription. How small? The actual amount depends upon how many doctors are in your practice and what other additional services your practice needs, such as digital imaging. But, in most cases the subscription is less than $25 per working day (assuming your practice is open 16 days per month). Every day use of Curve Dental is going to help you increase productivity by more than $25, so the software pays for itself. The treatment planning and patient education features are going to help you improve case acceptance ratios and increase productivity. Curve Dental's scheduling features alone will help you make more efficient use of your time--and time is money. Curve Dental's data backup features are included in that small subscription, and I'm guessing you'll see a lot of value there alone. The point here is that Curve Dental provides a ROI every single day. There's another way to look at a subscription model, which isn't as exciting, but just as enlightening. For only $25 per day Curve Dental provides you with all of the management tools you need to build and manage the killer practice. You're probably sold on your office manager and other team members as bringing value to your practice: You probably gladly sign their paychecks. The same can be said for Curve Dental: You'll gladly pay $25 per day for the value and power the software delivers all day every day. You can learn more about dental software ROI on our website or by chatting with one of our dental software consultants at 888-910-4376. Call today to learn more.
Monday, 9 February 2015 by Andy Jensen, CMO
I'm excited to announce that Curve Dental has partnered with DrFirst, the leading provider of e-medication management technology, to offer customers an integrated electronic prescription capability. The integration provides Curve Dental customers with the ability to securely send prescriptions to any pharmacy while complying with all state laws. The integration includes ePrescibe capabilities for both legend drugs and controlled substances. You can read the official press release here. For our New York customers, the announcement of this integration comes well in advance of legislative deadlines that require all prescriptions to be filed electronically. The integration will be completed before the deadline in March, but any doctor can use the service in a standalone mode immediately. The most exciting part of this integration is two fold: First, you can write a prescription and have it sent to any pharmacy in a matter of clicks (which is a big convenience for you and your patients); and second, you never have to worry about complying with your state's prescription laws (as long as you send your prescriptions electronically). The integration will be accessed through the existing Prescriptions Module in Curve Hero and, when completed, all prescription history for any given patient will be displayed there as well. The service, because it is provided through DrFirst, requires a monthly fee per provider. Introductory pricing is available: The service is complimentary until May 1, 2015--the sooner you sign up the more you save. Call Tina Cook at 888-910-4376 ext 2004 to learn more.
Monday, 9 February 2015 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
One of the many benefits of managing your practice with Curve Dental is that our digital imaging features are just as native to our software as scheduling or charting. With Curve you can capture your images directly to the cloud. Just plug in a compatible digital x-ray sensor or camera and you’re ready to capture images. That’s cool. And it’s also a patented process. But I digress… The point of this post is to let you know that we’ve added a new Sharpen tool that will help you work with less-than-perfect images with substandard definition. You can add a measure of clarity to those images to help you get a better picture of what’s going on with a particular tooth. A handy slider lets you apply a sharp filter to the image in real time; as you move the slider from left to right the images becomes increasingly sharper. This new sharpen tool joins a growing list of other image modification tools: Invert, Flip, Gamma, Brightness and Contrast, Rotate, and a new Sharpen. Curve’s imaging features include a Magic capability. With Magic you can record a series of modifications you might do for one image and then apply the same series to another image with just one click. That saves you time (and you can also claim that the secret to your success is a lot of magic). Until next time, stay sharp! Illustrating the before and after use of the sharpen tool
Tuesday, 3 February 2015 by Andy Jensen, CMO
The title for this video is meant to be "Tongue in Cheek." We're using the words "multiple," "mirrored," and "repeated." It's all redundant, don't you think? So if it wasn't clear already today, I'm talking about keeping your patient data safe through the proper use of redundancy. I've often said that a convincing argument can be made that your patient data on a cloud is much safer than your patient data on a server sitting underneath your desk or sitting in a broom closet in your practice. Extreme Physical and Digital Data Protection On the cloud, the data is physically and digitally protected in a professionally managed data center: Physically, the data center is protected by perimeter fencing, 24/7 video surveillance, and even biometric access in some cases. Your practice may have an alarm system and may have video surveillance, but that won't stop a thief from breaking in and getting out before the authorities arrive. Digitally, the data center is protected by industrial-level firewalls and monitoring schemes to thwart and detect unauthorized snooping. We use the same security technology used by banks and other secure sites. In your practice, you may be using a router and firewall purchased at Walmart. In order for your practice to duplicate the same security we have in place, you'd spend millions. I suppose if you wanted to get into the data management business, you would have skipped out on dental school. But you didn't—and here we are. So let the data pros manage your data. The Insane Efforts We Make to Back Up Your Data But let's get back to redundancy. Inside that data center, your patient data resides on multiple servers. Hardware will fail—that's why the data is replicated across multiple servers. If one goes down, the other one picks up where it left off. But that's not good enough. Your data needs to reside in multiple geographical locations as well. If one of the data centers goes down, well, the other data center simply picks up where the other one left off. And finally, in the unlikely event that multiple servers and multiple data centers fail, your patient data is backed up and encrypted on another server in a different location. And if that's not enough, you can always download your patient data to a thumb drive and put it under your mattress for safekeeping. So redundancy you'll definitely find on the cloud. Call and speak to one of our dental software consultants at 888-910-4376 and learn more about what we're doing to keep your data safe and secure on the cloud. You may also find our Data Backup webpage to offer more information.
Monday, 2 February 2015 by Andy Jensen, CMO
The Curve Dental hallmark is providing our customers with software that makes sense and is simple to use from any perspective—which includes EHR. Our competitors have partnered with third-party EHR applications that result in a disjointed and less-than-favorable user experience. Further, in our opinion, a bridge to a third-party system is short sighted and a disservice to the practice who is eligible for Meaningful Use incentives. That’s just not our style. “Some dental software vendors are utilizing a ‘smoke and mirrors’ strategy utilizing this program to help them sell their software,” writes Mike Uretz, a nationally recognized dental software and EHR expert, founder of dentalsoftwareadvisor.com and dental software editor for Dental Products Report. “A number of dental vendors have chosen, instead of building ‘certified EHR’ features into their dental software—which takes time and money—to offer a certified medical EHR along with their dental software... The question is will you realistically use your dental software to run your operations on a day-to-day basis, and then turnaround and enter all the criteria that is needed for Meaningful Use in your ‘certified medial EHR’ system? “Innovative dental vendors will do the right thing and invest resources and money in developing Meaningful Use features within their dental software. So using the EHR to capture and report on data for EHR incentive money is part of your daily patient care workflow.” (You can read the full article at www.dentalsoftwareadvisor.com) Curve Dental is investing the resources and money to create an EHR solution that will be a natural “part of your daily patient care workflow”, which empowers eligible practices to capture up to 100% of all Meaningful Use incentives. Our long-term, do-it-right-from-the-start strategy will provide our customers with an enjoyable user experience. We aim to offer our customers a certified EHR solution in 2015. To learn more chat with us at 888-910-4376.
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
Being unique is great. You stand out amongst the crowd. You get noticed. No one confuses you for someone else. Like they say, you’re unique because everyone else is already taken. On that note, let’s talk about you. In preparation for upcoming features that require you to have a unique email address, Curve Hero will NOT allow you to enter duplicate email addresses among your team members. So, there it is. The cat’s out of the bag. The chickens have flown the coop. Dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria. etc. Just let me say, “Stay calm. Don’t worry.” To make the transition painless, whenever a team member’s email address is changed and happens to be the same as another team member’s email address, the team member whose email is being changed will be notified as to what other team members are in question. Then, they can make the appropriate edits and resolve the situation in a timely manner. Empty email addresses are also out of bounds, bad karma, and a major no-no. Every team member must have a unique email address. You will not be able to enter a new team member without also entering a unique email address. We look forward to introducing offices to new and interesting features coming on the heels of this change, but that is another story.
Friday, 23 January 2015 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
It’s helpful when previewing changes on an image can be viewed in real-time. Up until now, the sliders on our inspect and modify tools lacked the zip that we originally envisioned. So we fixed that. Now when you modify an image, the sliders on the modify and inspect tools will change the image as you move the slider, allowing better judgement of the scope of those changes. That small change improves efficiency and adds the zip we were looking for--kind of like sprinkling habanero sauce into the chili when no one’s looking. We hope you enjoy the kick! Sliders used in the modify tool now how real-time changes. Sliders used in the inspect tool now show real-time changes.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 by Andy Jensen, CMO
Since January 2014 the number of practices using Curve Dental to help them build and manage the killer practice has grown significantly. "We saw strong, healthy growth in the last 12 months," says Curve Dental President and COO Ian Zipursky. "To make sure we can accommodate this continued growth into 2015 we made substantial improvements to our infrastructure." The engineers at Curve Dental modified key components of the database structure. "On the surface these modifications seem nondescript," says development VP Steven Hines. "However, during peak periods between 6:00 am and 11:00 MT we see marked improvements in performance. That's when you see the added horsepower kick in. It's really quite impressive." Adding a turbocharger is the first in a series of improvements that will be made in the coming weeks and months. "Our list of customers is growing, which is all very exciting," Steven says. "The changes we've already made have increased our capacity to handle this growth; however, we're interested in building a system for the present and the future, one that will handle anything that's thrown at it--which is why we're currently working on additional modifications. And we'll share all the details as they are completed."
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
Let’s be honest. Double clicking your mouse is common. We double click all the time using a computer, even when we may not mean to as a reflex. This can cause issues with some applications that have been designed to only have a single click applied for an action. This can sometimes cause duplicate submissions from a form which may not have been intended. We have seen this problem in our ticketing system in Hero when submitting a ticket and have patched it up. Instead of allowing the ticket to be duplicated in Hero, we are only allowing a single click when submitting a ticket. This means the control will be disabled while the request is processing (as seen below). If there is a failure for any reason, you’ll have the ability to try the submission again. As a result, our ticketing will be cleaner and less confusing and we can focus more of our attention on resolving the issues at hand. Once the ticket has been submitted, the controls will be disabled so that duplicate submissions cannot be allowed.
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
For some time now, offices have needed a way to compile and summarize data connected to their outstanding claims on patients. Searching through Hero to find out who to collect money from can take an unnecessary amount of time and is not an efficient way to run an office. Here at Curve, when we see a need for a new tool that will aid offices in saving both their time and money, we take advantage of that opportunity to aid in that endeavour while expanding on our feature set at the same time. We are pleased to announce that we now have a new canned report available in Hero called the Outstanding Claims Report. Housed in the Insurance Reports section in Hero Reporting (as seen below), this report summarizes the most pertinent information needed to aid in collections, such as the carrier’s phone number, claim amount, number of days outstanding, and much, much more. We’ve had plenty of offices request this report and we are pleased to give them another tool to help them become more productive. Enjoy! The new Outstanding Claims report helps offices make collections in a more timely manner.
Thursday, 8 January 2015 by Andy Jensen, CMO
As of late, our engineers have been tinkering with our database processes. Our objective has been to find ways to streamline the way in which requests for data are handled. We aim to improve both the speed in which data is delivered and increase the number of requests that can be handled at any given time. Just this week the team took a closer look at the way some types of recurring appointments are handled by the database, specifically appointment blocks. After some deep analysis, the team found that with a few technical changes to the code they were able to improve the efficiency of the query. As a customer you won't see any changes in the software but you may notice faster response in some circumstances when working with recurring appointments. While that increase in performance may be appreciated by you, the greater benefit is the improved efficiency in which data requests can be handled for all Curve Dental customers. "Hats off to our infrastructure and development team," says Steven Hines, Director of Development. "Their work thus far increased our data processing capabilities, specific to speed and load. It's a great start to this project. I expect their work will result in more improvements in the next week or so making our data processing capabilities even more robust and powerful. It's all very exciting, really." I'll keep you posted on what other fun progress the team makes in the next week.
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
I don’t know about you, but my basement is a disaster zone. I’m just waiting for the governor to declare it an emergency so I can use federal funds to clean it up. The funny thing is I’ve cleaned out my basement several times. But over time, it just fills back up with stuff. It’s not junk! All my stuff has value, mind you. In a sense, software has a similar problem. Over time, as features are added, code has a way of becoming inefficient. Periodically software engineers tighten things up and clean out the basement, so to speak. Well, recently we took the scheduler to task and we’re quite proud to say, “The basement has been cleaned!” As a result of our tidying things up, we fixed a few things that have been nagging us for quite some time: The provider booking interface has been redesigned to resemble the design used by block bookings. Not a big deal, but you’ll appreciate the attention to detail. You’ll now be warned when booking a provider that is unavailable through a provider booking. Appointments that are moved into production bookings with a conflicting tag are now moved back to the original slot when the move is cancelled. Another time saver there! The exploding effect has been removed when cancelling or deleting appointments. Why? For two reasons: 1) It was difficult to integrate it with our upcoming scheduler refresh feature; and 2) Generally speaking explosions are loud and dusty. Results from the available time search may now be dragged and dropped onto the scheduler to successfully create an appointment. You’re gonna love that one! Appointments now have a toaster message of “Created” and “Saved” when they are added and updated respectively. You’ll appreciate the confirmation. One more big improvement to the scheduler remains, one that will really make our customers sing and dance. If you were able to join us at the Orange Summit you got a sneak peak. Stay tuned! We’re quite pleased with the job we did to the scheduler. And we’re quite sure our customers will be tickled pink with these improvements, too. So, we’re off now; the garage needs some attention.
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
When you need to contact an insurance carrier, the last thing you should have to do is spend an unnecessary amount of time hunting through Curve Hero to find their number--a big time waster for everyone! We stuck it to this time waster by adding the insurance carrier’s phone number to both the patient’s insurance plan information in the Sidekick as well as the main window of the insurance module. We think this will be a small but valuable change for every customer. Enjoy! Insurance Carrier’s phone number is now available in the Sidekick. Insurance Carrier’s phone number is now available in the main Insurance module window listed in all available plans.
Friday, 12 December 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
Since introducing Bluefin payments into Curve Hero we’ve made payment processing much more efficient. Payments can be made with a quick swipe of the card while payment information is automatically recorded. But progress sometimes creates wrinkles that need a little ironing. In this case, if a practice had to provide a payment refund to a voided statement, it simply wasn’t possible (for a number of reasons and I won’t bore you with an explanation). Since you could not void a transaction with a Bluefin payment attached, the patient’s account sometimes showed a negative balance when an overpayment was voided along with the rest of the invoice actions. The effort to correct this issue required a phone call to Curve Dental. But not anymore! You can now add a payment refund to a voided invoice to show a zero balance. When you right-click on the invoice, a new option appears allowing you to “Add Payment Refund”. Of course, this new enhancement is already being used by customers all over the country. Whenever you log into Curve Hero you’re always using the latest and greatest. You can now add a payment refund to a voiced invoice. Yea!
Thursday, 4 December 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
For all CareCredit customers, we have a new addition that we’re proud to announce: the Payment Calculator for CareCredit. For offices using this system, they will now notice some changes to the CareCredit areas in Charting and Billing. We have added a link that takes you to CareCredit’s Payment Calculator. We’ve also expanded the former application link from the CareCredit logo to make the selections less confusing (see images below). Depending on which section of Hero you’re in, the link to the Payment Calculator will pre-populate the calculation form based on the following criteria: Billing: The total portion outstanding from the selected patient’s RP will be sent to the Calculator. Charting: The total patient portion on the selected treatment plan will be sent to the Calculator. Payment Calculator available in Billing Payment Calculator available in Charting
Monday, 24 November 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
Tuesday, December 2nd Presented by Macey Bernards In this fast and furious webinar, veteran dental software consultant, Macey Bernards, will present ten compelling reasons why managing your practice from the cloud makes more sense. What You’ll learn: · How our online habits today makes it super easy to move your practice to the cloud ·What makes the cloud so much more flexible than what you’re using now ·Who benefits the most from the cloud ·Why the argument for the cloud is so strong ·How to move to the cloud Get a FREE Gift Card All webinar attendees will receive a free Starbucks gift card as a thank you. Register Today. Seating is Limited. About Your Presenter Macey Bernards is an experienced office manager and having spent time in the trenches bring a unique perspective to dental software. Now, working with Curve Dental, shes helped hundreds of doctors move their practice to the cloud.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
Keeping track of your patient information with paper and pen would be impractical and expensive. Instead, you rely upon your dental software to keep track of it for you. But relying upon computers to care for your data also comes with a few extra tasks, such as creating backup policies and implementing security measures. The type of dental software you choose can also affect how easy it is to access your data. At Curve Dental, we think you should be able to access your data as easily as possible and be able to focus more on the patient behind the data. Consider these five ways that our cloud-based software simplifies data access. 1. Just an Internet Connection Instead of a server with expansive hard drive space, cloud-based dental software only requires a computer and an Internet connection. Given those two, simple requirements, you can log in and access your data from anywhere, including digital images, insurance claims, charts, and other patient information. How? Just as you can access your e-mail, Facebook, or online banking account from anywhere, you can access your patient information just as easily. 2. Storage, Speed, and Compatibility Being on the cloud also means that you no longer have to worry about expanding your data storage capabilities as your dental practice grows. The same goes for your processing speed. As long as you have enough processing power to access the cloud, no hardware updates are necessary. In addition, you no longer need to worry about types of computers and their software either. Have a PC in the office, but a MacBook at home? Under web-based dental software, either can be used to view your patient data without the worry of software compatibility. 3. Patient Access Your patients can join in the cloud fun, too. Cloud-based software makes it easy for your website to include a patient portal where your patients can securely access relevant information. With Curve Dental's web-based software, for example, your patients can view account information, next appointments, make a payment, view patient education videos, and morel. 4. Your Data Is Your Data A concern you may have in regards to your data and cloud-based dental software is ownership. Your data is still yours under the cloud, and you can download all of your data to a local drive at any time from anywhere. Try doing that with your current client-server software! 5. Data Safety Of course, you may have a question or two about safety. Curve Dental utilizes the same security employed by banks and other on-line merchants to thwart unauthorized access. Moreover, your data is stored in a physically secure, professionally managed data center. Usually surrounded by perimeter fencing and 24/7 video surveillance, nobody gets into the data center without proper clearance. The data center places your patient information on multiple servers; if one fails another steps in. Additionally, your data is stored in multiple data centers as well. If one is destroyed by flood or fire the other steps in. Data redundancy on the cloud means you never worry about data backup. Gone are the days of copying your data to a thumb drive and throwing it in your purse or pocket. With the cloud, data backup and data recovery is a piece of cake. For any practice that has lost their data to a crashed server and then discovered their backup would not restore, the benefits of the cloud as it pertains to backup is reason enough to switch today. The cloud provides the perfect disaster recovery and business continuity plan for your practice. Your practice is at risk due to flood, fire, theft, hurricane, tornado and whatever else Mother Nature may throw your way. Because your data doesn't reside in your practice, regardless of what may happen to your physical practice, your data is unaffected and available from any other location. Worried about HIPAA? Cloud-based software covers that too. In fact, most dental practices on their own cover maybe 4 to 6 of the 19 HIPAA requirements concerning patient data. Cloud-based software companies have the ability to provide all 19 requirements. In the end, Curve Dental software can grant you access to any and all of your data practically anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection. In addition to also providing more patient and specialist interactions, this also gives you a chance to have less concern about backups, security, and hardware capabilities.
Friday, 14 November 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
Register Today. Seating is Limited. In this fast and furious webinar, veteran dental software consultant, Jeff Cook, will explore what seven key advantages progressive doctors use to build the killer practice and live the dream: Accessibility. What it really means to have access to your practice from anywhere at any time and how it contributes to differentiating your practice from the competition. Successability. A review of the Five Key Lifestyle Attributes and how they help you live the dream. Affordability. Jeff will show you, point by point, how managing your practice on the cloud is a much more savvy business decision. Business Continuity. It seems that every year a major storm wreaks havoc in some part of the country. Whether it’s flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, or wild fires, you can bet that some doctor some place just lost their practice. Jeff explains how killer practices don’t let Mother Nature shatter their dreams. Scalability. Killer practices grow and grow. With your practice on the cloud more doctors, more staff, or more locations don’t slow you down. The cloud was built for growth! Dependability. If you’re beginning to catch a vision of what the cloud can do for your practice, there’s more to consider. Jeff will tell you what to look for in cloud-based dental software. Sellability. Jeff will explain how “sellability” is a different way of asking “how well can you market your practice?” Differentiating you practice from the practice across the street is key to building the killer practice, and Jeff will show you how the cloud instantly sets your practice apart for the crowd. Register Today. Seating is Limited. About Your Presenter Jeff Cook is an experienced business management lecturer and speaker. Now working with Curve Dental, Jeff has helped hundred of doctors move their practices to the cloud. Jeff moves quickly and is passionate about this topic.
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
For our Canadian customers, manual claims processed through the Pacific Blue Cross network are now required to be submitted with both the 9-digit provider ID as well as the 4-digit office billing number. In order to make this situation more user-friendly, we have added the billing number underneath the unique provider ID in the Unique No. field on the claim form. As a result, the number does not have to be added in manually after printing. One less thing to worry about! Both the Unique Provider ID and Billing Number are now displayed for Pactific Blue Cross manual claims.
Sunday, 2 November 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
Our customers are the best source for tips in our quest to create a super awesome user experience with Curve Dental. So, this next tip came from a number of our VIP customers who found the user experience to be somewhat frustrating specific to viewing claims through the Claim Module--and remember: All of our customers are VIP customers. With this quick change to the code the list of claims you see when you first open the Claims Module from the More Menu will default to a view of all patients. Prior to this change the view defaulted to only those claims for the current patient, which at the time we created that feature seemed to be the most logical step. But our customers thought differently, so we made this change, which will make the user experience even that much better. The Claims Module accessed through the Sidekick will still show by default the current patient’s claims. Remember: With Curve Dental whenever we make an improvement or add a new feature to the software it’s immediately available to all of our customers. Generally speaking, we can make improvements to the software on the fly; our customers don’t have to install software or suffer any type of interruption. That’s what makes cloud-based software really shine: You’re always using the latest and greatest. Enjoy!
Thursday, 30 October 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
Curve Dental offers cloud-based dental software to help improve your dental practice, from the administrative tasks to the patient experience. Even billing has been streamlined with this helpful software. Curve Dental is a comprehensive solution, providing a range of practice management and billing options to choose from. Easy to Use and Learn A universal truth about the web is that it does not require training to learn how to get around. Anybody that can read, move a mouse and type masters the web in a matter of minutes. Moreover, if you’re banking online or shopping online you don’t require an hour of training from your bank or retailer to learn how to use their website. You just sort of figure it out in a matter of minutes. Web-based software leverages the simplicity of the web, making for a much improved user experience. You’ll find Curve Dental easy to learn and use because it has a familiar look and feel. And when it comes to training Curve Dental is packed with a variety of instructional videos and self-learning tools to help staff members pick up the software quickly. Of course, friendly and knowledgeable technicians are only a phone call or e-mail away waiting to help anyway they can. Save Time and Money Dental software in general saves you time and money. Think how difficult it would be to manage recall, billing, and scheduling if you didn’t have dental software—that’s a nasty mental image! Cloud-based dental software will help you save even more time and money. Here’s how: Specific to Time, your team will learn the software faster, requiring less training hours and maximizing the software’s features sooner. And, because the software is web-based and more intuitive, there is an argument that it requires less clicks to accomplish repetitive, everyday tasks. Specific to money, cloud-based dental software requires a small up-front implementation fee and a small, monthly subscription. On average, you may spend as little as $20 per working day to manage your practice with exceptional software. A hefty investment is not required like it is for traditional client-server software. Better Security The number one cause for dental practice data breaches within the United States is theft. Your practice represents a rich target environment for the petty crook, who knows little stand in the way between them and the computers and drugs in your practice. With your data on the cloud, the security and safety of your patient data is uncompromised. Regardless of what happens to your physical practice, your data is always accessible. And it’s always backed up to the last change made to the data. Managing Data Across Multiple Offices Cloud-based dental software makes it easy to access and manage your practice from any computer, laptop, or mobile device. As more dental practices are expanding to multiple offices, having this streamlined software has allowed them to easily treat patients at different locations. Administrators also appreciate the ability to view reports from any location at any time for any place. Better User Experience Today, most dental professionals spend a significant amount of time on the Internet. They’re socializing, shopping, managing their finances, planning their next vacation, and catching up on the news on the web. That online behavior explains why you’ll find cloud-based dental software to have a familiar look and feel. You’ll instantly understand how to navigate through the software. Familiarity breeds a certain amount of comfort and satisfaction, which is much better than being frustrated by software that seems disjointed and confusing to use. Take a Closer Look It’s easy to talk about how great our software is. It’s easier to see how great it is. Schedule a demonstration with one of our attractive dental software consultants or watch a quick video. Or read another one of my blog posts to learn more about the cloud. Change requires action, my friend. If you want to change your practice, then change your software, which is the life blood of your practice.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
Automated appointment reminders are like a home run when it comes to reducing no-shows. Getting an appointment confirmation makes that home run a grand slam. And that’s what we’ve done to Curve Connex. Your patients now have the ability to confirm their appointments by simply clicking on a link in the reminder they receive via email or text. When the link is clicked, the patient will see a confirmation message. On the practice side, Curve Hero will display the confirmation in the appointment block. Confirmations mean a lot less work for you by significantly reducing the number of calls you have to make. More importantly, confirmations also means you should see a further reduction in costly no-show’s. Automated confirmations through Curve Connex will help you save time and money. Now, your patients have the ability to confirm their appointments with one click of the mouse! Curve Connex now includes confirmations! A successful confirmation message will be displayed to the patient upon clicking the confirmation link. If the link is clicked a second time or the appointment has already been confirmed in Hero, then the patient will see a message indicating that they have already confirmed this appointment.. If there is a problem with confirming an appointment in Hero or it has been moved, the patient will see a general message indicating a problem.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
A smart practice makes sure every team member logging into Curve Hero has a unique e-mail address associated with their login. Here's why: Less Administrative Hassle Soon, you'll be able to manage your own passwords and not have to bother the practice admin with password issues. If you or a team member forget your password you can reset the password yourself--but only if you have your own unique e-mail address. Be Yourself by Starting Now In the near future Curve Hero will not allow duplicate e-mail addresses for team members. You can avoid future hassles by letting each team member be themselves now. Take just a minute to have each member of your team provide a unique e-mail address. If you have any questions, please chat with one of our handsome customer service experts at 888-910-4376 option 3. And a big "Thank-you!" for choosing Curve Dental to help you manage your practice.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
We recently made a change to our native digital imaging features that have resulted in faster performance and better image management. Wahoo! And I should also note that we’ve made some additional breakthroughs that promise to significantly dial up image quality as well. They’ll be available soon. But, back to what we just completed… When you modify an image Curve Hero will ask if you want to save the modifications. If you save the modification, and any subsequent modifications, you’ll be able to step through the image’s history, see whatever changes were made, and actually undo any saved modification, resulting in better image management. Better image management is only half the story. The other half is that by saving various renditions of the image we’ve significantly increased the download speed. Bottom line: You should be able to access images faster than ever before. The technical explanation for increased download speed isn’t near as exciting, but you may be interested (or may be looking for a new sleeping aid). Up until now, when you viewed an image that had been modified in the past, Curve Hero applied the modifications when you clicked on the image to view it. That extra processing took a bit more time. Now, the modifications are saved and that modified image is actually saved on the cloud. As a result, when you click on the image to view it no additional processing time is required. Is there a downside to this change? You must click on the “Save and Close” button or “Close” button once you modify an image, which is not that big of a deal. Like I said, this change is a performance enhancement that will make Curve Hero more efficient when it comes to digital imaging. We think you’ll like it. When modifications are now made on an image, Hero will prompt you to save any changes if they have not already done so.
Monday, 27 October 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
Curve Hero integrates quite well with a number of third-party patient communication services, like Solutionreach and Demandforce. We’re also actively working on another integration which we hope to announce soon. If your practice is using one of these third-party services to confirm appointments, up until now Hero did not really record who confirmed the appointment. Well, that’s not entirely accurate: In the Correspondence module Hero recorded the date and time when the appointment was confirmed, but not the who or the name of the third-party service. Curve Hero left that information blank. But that’s all history. Now, Curve Hero will record the name of the third-party service that confirmed the appointment. So, if you’re using Solutionreach you’ll see “Solutionreach” next to those appointments confirmed through their service. For auditing purposes, that last bit of information can be very helpful.
Monday, 27 October 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
Never has a mouse click frustrated an individual more than when information is unintentionally deleted. Creating an invoice from scratch because the wrong option was clicked is never a fun way to spend your afternoon. In order to combat unintentional clicks, we have added a confirmation to Hero when voiding an invoice. Now when you attempt to void an invoice you will receive a warning allowing you to confirm that you really, really want to void a particular invoice. Hero now confirms the choice to void an invoice.
Monday, 20 October 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
Dread is that feeling you have whenever you’ve spent a significant portion of time setting up a project or document just to have it be deleted by accident. That icky feeling makes you want to instinctively scream “NOOOOOOO!!!!!” and force your team to judge your sanity. At Curve Dental we frown on feelings of dread. We strive to keep your workday dread-free. One way we are doing this is by making sure that the treatment plan you have spent careful time creating does not accidentally disappear into the digital abyss. Now, when an office attempts to delete a treatment plan, they will be presented with a confirmation so it cannot be deleted with a simple misplaced click of the mouse. Deleting a treatment plan requires a confirmation, which contributes to a dread-free workday.
Friday, 10 October 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
Vatech manufacturers an intraoral sensor that some say is easy to use and provides outstanding image quality. Now, Vatach sensors have one more accolade to add to their reputation: You can plug and play their sensors with Curve Image. Vatech’s EZSensor and EZSensor P intraoral sensors now join the ranks of many other industry leaders with regards to being supported by Curve Hero Imaging. Wahoo! Visit our website to view the entire dance card. Vatech's EzSensor Vatech's EzSensor P
Wednesday, 8 October 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
We are super excited to announce another arrival to our lineup of supported integrated sensors for use with Curve Hero Imaging, the QuickRay Direct USB sensor (didn’t we just announce another addition?). With its smooth integration into Curve Image the QuickRay sensor provides doctors with another choice when it comes to digital x-ray sensors. The folks at QuickRay say their sensors are known for durability, speed and image quality and you’re more than welcome to learn more about them. QuickRay is now quick to the cloud with its integration with Curve Image.
Thursday, 2 October 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
Curve Dental is proud to be a sponsor of Dental Software Awareness Month, which begins October 1, 2014 and celebrates the contributions and progress practice management software has brought to the dental profession. Activities and events planned for Dental Software Awareness Month include a webinar series, a conference, and live interviews with key industry players. Since the early 1980’s computerization has played a significant part in helping the dental practice become more efficient and productive. Computerization has also improved the quality of care by providing clinicians with better organization and access to notes, charts and medical history. Curve Dental is excited to be the general sponsor of this effort to spotlight achievements and contributions in October, which is Dental Software Awareness Month. A unique webinar series will showcase the history of dental software by bringing together key individuals who helped shape the current landscape within the profession. The Orange Summit, a conference for Curve Dental customers, will also dedicate time to recognize the computer’s impact on modern dentistry. Interviews with current market leaders will also be broadcast on the Web. A calendar of events, articles, infographics, and more sponsor information can be found at the official website: www.dentalsoftwareawareness.com. Dental Software Awareness Month Webinar Schedule My Switch to the Cloud: The Easiest Decision My Staff Ever Made for Me Tuesday, October 7th, 6:00 pm MT Dr. Hyman's flourishing practice was at a critical point. Their existing software was not keeping up with growth. Something had to give. In this fun and enlightening webinar Dr. Hyman shows you how his team took action to find the best new solution for their practice and how it's impacted his practice. Click to Register --- Ten Reasons Why the Web Makes More Sense for Your Practice Thursday, October 16th, 6:00 pm MT Dental software consultant, Macey Bernards, shares her years of experience as an office manager and as a software consultant. Macey will show you both the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to dental software and how you can avoid common mistakes and misconceptions. Click to Register --- Digital Imaging on the Cloud: Live! Thursday, October 23rd, 6:00 pm MT They say it can't be done. But in this one-of-a-kind demonstration from a busy dental practice, dental software consultant Kristen Smith demonstrates how fast and easy it can be to capture digital x-rays directly to the cloud. Demonstrated Live! from a working dental practice. Click to Register --- The 6 Biggest Challenges to HIPAA Security Rules Compliance... And How You Can Beat Them Thursday, October 30th, 6:00 pm MT Information and technology guru, Dr. Lorne Lavine, walks you through the toughest parts of the HIPAA Security Rule, why they represent a monster challenge for dental practices. Then he'll show you how you can become compliant by pulling one trigger.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
OMG! Text messaging is now available as a preferred contact method! With the world moving ever increasingly towards using text messaging as a communication tool to organize daily lives, we feel it’s necessary to acknowledge this and allow patients to be contacted primarily by text messaging if they so choose. Offices will now see this as an additional option when selecting a preferred contact method. You can now mark “Text Message” as a preferred contact method in Curve Hero.
Monday, 22 September 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
Curve Dental and SolutionReach (formerly known as SmileReminder) have enjoyed a very long and happy partnership. In fact, SolutionReach was the first patient communication company to have an integration with Curve Dental nearly five years ago. We appreciate their support of the cloud. We’ve recently improved the sharing of information between Curve Hero and SolutionReach. When a patient confirms an appointment using the SolutionReach software that confirmation is still displayed in the Curve Hero scheduler. However, the sharing of information is now more frequent. As a result, the information displayed in Curve Hero, relative to activity completed in SolutionReach, is more accurate. SolutionReach will be in touch with offices to help them switch from the old integration to the new one. You can also give SolutionReach a call at 866-605-6867 to arrange a time to switch to the new integration. At Curve Dental, we’re pleased with the improvements we’ve made to the integration between Curve Hero and SolutionReach. We think our customers will be impressed by the changes we’ve made, too, resulting in a better user experience. A number of other planned integrations are in the works and we’re excited by what the future will bring.
Monday, 15 September 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
In April 2014 Microsoft discontinued support of Windows XP, a version of Windows older than old. Seriously, there's a chance you were still in high school with Microsoft released WindowsXP 12 years ago--that's ancient in technology years. So what does that mean for you if your practice is stilling using XP? Quite simply, it means you need to update your computers and that can get expensive. Your existing XP machines probably can't handle the latest from Microsoft, Windows 8. Chrome, which is Curve Dental's preferred choice when it comes to browsers, will continue to work with XP until April 2015. So, there is time for you to move your practice to the latest version of Windows, computer by computer over the course of several months, which should be easier on your budget. However, work closely with your IT pro in planning and maintaining your computers. Explore all your options. At Curve Dental We do NOT test our software on Windows XP and we do not recommend it. Microsoft does not provide security updates for XP that would keep your computer safe from malware. The sooner you can move away from Windows XP, the better. XP is a huge target for viruses and hackers. And, like your gums, you should never neglect your hardware.
Monday, 8 September 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
Let's talk about servers. Thousands of years ago in America's Four Corners region, the land was populated by a cliff-dwelling people called the Anasazi. One thing the ancient Anasazi did not ever have to say was "My server is down. Can you call back later?". I'm sure that the lack of a server within their cliff dwelling--the technology being just as old as their time--contributed to their peaceful existence in the red rock canyons. (See me reporting from the land of the ancient Anasazi by clicking here.) But I digress. Those that upgrade to web-based dental software don't have to worry about servers, either, If you think about it, how many times have you made that comment that "your server is down"? Until you can track down your IT pro and have them come in to reboot the server you can't do much to help your patients. Because we are a web-based application we can guarantee that your patient data will be accessible from any where at anytime 99.95% of the time. Our actual performance is much, much better than that, which is quite remarkable. Our target percentage is equivalent to one server crash in a year--we're talking about minutes, if that. Call and chat with one of our dental software consultants to learn more: 888-910-4376.
Monday, 25 August 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
If you're in the market for dental software, and you've done even a little homework, you're certainly aware that the cloud is the current technology standard. Yes, that's right: The cloud is in; the server is out. Regardless of that fact, you may not know exactly why you should or shouldn't choose a cloud-based application, like Curve Dental. Well, you may know one of the why's: Because everything else is old and outdated. I would venture to say that's not enough to go on. It's a good start, but there are many other reasons why the cloud must be a part of your practice today. You can start by perusing our website. We've put together a wonderful list of reasons why the cloud makes more sense for your practice. Here we'll lay out the general differences between the cloud and traditional fossil-fuel software. You'll learn how the technology benefits your practice, features that will save you time and money, and how the cloud delivers unmatched technical service. Whatever level your knowledge of the digital realm may be a chat with one of our dental software consultants will be very helpful to you. They'll speak in a language you can understand and give you a better idea of how cloud-based dental software can help you manage your practice like a rock star.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
My friends, let's talk about darts and arrows. Many years ago, when I first started working in the dental profession for Dentrix Dental Systems, I had the distinct pleasure to work under Larry Gibson, the founder of the company. One thing he said about darts and arrows that I'll always remember is "A leader always takes arrows in the back." Curve Dental is definitely a leader when it comes to the cloud. So we do get our share of darts and arrows from mean people. In response, I'm presenting the top ten silly things mean people say about the cloud. The first one: Your IT pro says it's a bad idea. I love the IT pros who work specifically in dental. They are the sharpest bunch and I have great respect for them and their association, the Dental Integrators Association. They're working very hard to continually raise the bar with regard to customer service. When I hear an IT pro pooh-pooh the cloud it's usually because they're unfamiliar with us. Here's what we hear: First, they feel your moving to the cloud is a threat to their business because you don't need a server, you don't need help installing upgrades, and you don't need help managing backups. That cuts into their pocketbook a bit. But, like I said, many IT companies have embraced the cloud; it makes their job easier. Once your IT pro does some soul searching I'm sure they'll come that realization, too. Second, some IT pros think your data isn't safe on the cloud. This objection is based on the fact that your IT pro doesn't know us, and it's a fair concern. We invite your IT pro to call us, visit with us, learn more about how we're setup with multiple redundant servers in multiple geographical locations and they'll actually get pretty excited by what we've accomplished. Third, some IT pros don't think the cloud can handle your imaging needs. The very first thing they'll say is the cloud can't handle 3D imaging. And they're right. So, for those few docs who actually have a 3D system, you're going to keep your images local. But, for bitewings and pan's, we got you covered. Let's not make the mistake of losing track of what makes the practice productive: It's all those bitewings you're taking every day. If you can upload full-color photographs to Facebook in an instance, surely you can capture a black and white bitewing to the cloud just as fast. So don't get panicked by 3D images. Let's stay focused on the bread and butter. My experience has been that when an IT pro gets to know us they become less argumentative and more supportive of what we're doing. And we're happy to speak to your IT pro any time.
Monday, 11 August 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
The Suniray 2 digital x-ray sensor is Suni’s new and improved sensor which sports maximum durability, excellent image quality, minimal radiation exposure, and is designed for patient comfort. Although, let’s not forget one of the most important features: It’s now compatible with Curve Hero Imaging. Thanks to Suni’s open architecture design, your practice can have the newest and the best from Suni integrated directly into Curve Hero for maximum efficiency and quality during daily imaging sessions. Many other sensors and cameras are compatible with Curve’s native imaging features, too. We are constantly striving to add leading edge integrations into Curve Hero’s imaging capability, so keep an eye out here for new developments.
CareCredit Integration: Helping Your Patient Find a Way to Pay for Much Needed Treatment Now Only a Click Away
Friday, 20 June 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
For US practices, the CareCredit credit card is a popular option for patients to pay for medical and dental procedures. We are super excited to announce that our US customers can now access the CareCredit credit application through a handy link inside Curve Hero. This new link provides our customers with an easy and convenient way to start the credit application. If you have a CareCredit Merchant ID, you’ll want to enter it in the Practice Setup area of Hero, along with your practice’s zip code. (If you’re not a CareCredit customer, please call them and see how they can help you improve your production numbers.) This information will be used to access and begin CareCredit’s application process. How do we do this? Once you’ve added your Merchant ID into Hero, you will now notice a change to the billing ledger and treatment planning sections. A “CareCredit Apply Now” icon will be visible, which when clicked, will take you to a CareCredit application form. This form will be pre-populated with the active patient’s available profile information. This information will include: • First Name • Middle Initial • Last Name • Date of Birth • Social Security Number • Address • Home Phone Number • Work Phone Number Submit the form and that’s it! We said this was easy, right?
Friday, 20 June 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
As you know, there are many advantages to moving your practice to the cloud. Among these is usability. A cloud-based application that is designed from the ground up to be used within a web-browser--like Curve Dental--provides a user experience that is all thumbs up. If you spend any amount of time on the Internet you'll find the user interface familiar and easy to use. It's just like moving from one website to another: You don't need training to learn how to use your bank's online banking system or how to order from Amazon. Cloud-based dental software is just like that; you don't need much training to figure out how to use it. Don't misunderstand me: Managing a dental practice is complicated. You will need training but you'll catch on real fast. Catching on real fast is great for newbies on your team. Joining an established team can be intimidating and frustrating: New team members to learn to know, new processes to learn, and getting a feel for the practice and working hard to prove yourself to the team. And a new hire can be taxing on the practice as well. But with dental software on the cloud, like Curve Dental, that's one less thing to worry about. If your newbie is comfortable with browsing the web they'll be just as comfortable with cloud-based dental software. That familiarity will help them get up to speed faster, prove themselves quicker, and make them more productive sooner. The fact that you're reading this blog on the Web means you're already somewhat qualified to start managing your practice on the cloud. Software that's been developed 100% for the cloud is super easy to learn and fun to use.
Friday, 13 June 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
If you have been using Microsoft XP to run your dental practice software, you are undoubtedly concerned about Microsoft's announcement that they will no longer be supporting Microsoft XP. What does this mean for the day-to-day operations of your dental practice? Discontinued Updates Microsoft has provided updates for Windows XP for the past 12 years, but as of April 8, 2014, they are no longer providing those updates. Your computer will continue to run with this operating system, but will not receive updates to that address security, bug, and new features. Discontinued Security Support Microsoft will no longer provide security support for Windows XP. This means that your computer is vulnerable to threats and attacks from viruses and hackers. Decreased Compatibility Since Microsoft is no longer updating their system the number of other applications that are compatible with XP will shrink. How Cloud-Based Dental Software Will Work for You The cloud has been around for awhile, and now is the time for you to take advantage of the cloud's accessibility, flexibility, and convenience. More advantages of the cloud would be: The cloud reduces IT expenses If you use cloud-based dental software in your office it is possible to boot your server altogether. And with no server you'll spend less on maintenance. You may also find the cloud offers other business software solutions that are available at no cost, which can save you even more. The cloud secures your data and programs Your data on the cloud is safer than your data on a server in a broom closet in your practice. With the cloud your data is physically secured in a data center with perimeter fencing, 24/7 security and surveillance, and restricted access. Your data is also digitally secured by dedicated professionals who monitor server performance and provide up-to-the-minute data backup in multiple geographical locations. No worry over servers Since all of your information is stored online, you do not need to worry about finicky servers or limited access to your data.
Friday, 13 June 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
Everyone’s doing it. And unlike what your mother said, just because everyone is doing it DOES make it right. We’re all cloud computing. Every time you pop open your laptop or turn on your tablet you’re undoubtedly socializing online, or shopping online, or getting your news online, or banking online. Here are four arguments for moving cloud computing into the dental practice: Instantaneous Backup Backing up data used to be a hassle, and while backing up must still occur; you do not need to be the one to worry about it. With cloud-based software, your data is backed up instantaneously, without any help from you. Let Curve Dental make sure that your important dental and billing records are secure and backed up from multiple locations. Access to Data from any Location or Device Need to work from home? Tired of snail's pace programs that frustrates and paralyzes your operations? With cloud-based dental software, you have access to your data at a moment's notice, from any device or location that has Internet access. Your business must move fast; your dental software should too. The Cloud Grows with You Previously, anytime you switched locations or added an employee, you needed to invest in the infrastructure (computer, software, etc) in order to support the change. Over time, you are spending thousands on devices and software licensing that becomes obsolete or unnecessary within a few years. Curve Dental's software is customized to your practice's unique needs, and if you grow, your program will grow with you, without any pain or investment in the unnecessary or redundant. The Convenience of Flexibility When you utilize someone else's dental software, you must make it work for you, and you must put up with its quirks and inconveniences. When using cloud-based dental software from Curve Dental, you are choosing software that is flexible and can be customized to meet the needs of your dental practice. Your business is unique; why should your software be any different?
Friday, 13 June 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
Behind every practice is a complex machine made of many moving parts. Perhaps the difference between a killer practice and a not-so-killer practice is how well those moving parts work in unison. Fortunately, we provide dental software that helps you sync many of the moving parts. We provide a better dental software experience, from the user experience to technical support to the patient experience. Here are five ways that our software can improve the efficiency of your dental practice. 1. Staff Efficiency In any dental practice, a lot of valuable time can be wasted reading charts and determining exactly what work has been complete and what work is left to be completed. Since we know you don't have any time to waste, we've created software that speeds up and simplifies the charting process, making it easier for you to move forward and provide exceptional care. Multiple treatment plan capabilities with multiple appointments per treatment plan make our chart flexible and powerful. 2. Hygienists and Assistants It is imperative that your hygienists and dental assistants are able to read and interpret patient charts quickly and easily as well. Our easy-to-learn system allows these dental professionals to spend more time on patient care, rather than entering information and navigating through a complicated charting process. 3. Office Staff Focus In addition to keeping track of patient care, your team has multiple responsibilities. IT maintenance and data backup need not be additional tasks for a team trained to care for people, not computers. We eliminate that worry and hassle since our software is web-based. Your patient data on line can prevent devastating losses of time and information in the event of hardware failure or catastrophe on your end. 4. Improved Imaging You may be concerned about how our software will work with your digital x-ray sensors. You can relax. Our software can work with the most popular sensor, making it easy for you to capture images directly to the cloud. We also bridge to several imaging software systems. 5. Patient Education As a dentist, you know how important it is to not only accept new patients, but to keep your current patients satisfied and pleased with your work. Your patients are more likely to be satisfied when you and your staff take the time to explain procedures. Our dental software makes this easy to do with patient education resources, such as animation videos and excellent graphics. This ensures that you are better able to address patient concerns and questions, keeping them satisfied overall. Dental software, by its nature, should help you complete common and repetitive tasks faster, which makes your practice more efficient. Curve Dental is no exception.
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
Ahh, another new report to make life just Jim Dandy. This new, click-and-done report will help you examine your production. I call it "click-and-done" because the report requires little user intervention, if any, to get started. With the Production Summary Report you have the ability to view production by provider, which is fairly basic, but what's more exciting is the option of reporting on future scheduled production for future forecasting and planning purposes. In short, this report let's you see what's in the pipeline. And that's pretty cool. This new report is accessed under the Financial Reports section (as illustrated below) and is called Production Summary. You'll find the controls for this report pretty similar to other standard reports, such as the Period Summary Report and the Collection Summary Report. Enjoy! The new Production Summary Report lets you view production by provider as well as by what production is scheduled and in the pipeline.
Tuesday, 3 June 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
By request, we're pleased as punch to announce that you can now run a quick report to see which patients are affiliated with any given insurance plan. Our customers asked for a quick way to run this every day report, and we're happy to oblige. When you want to run the report, start by going to the Report section of Hero. There, you will see a new report lingering under the Insurance Reports category: Insurance Plan Report. You simply search for the carrier in question, then search for the plan you are inquiring about with that carrier, and you will be presented with all of the patients attached to that insurance plan and related information about them. Simple! We've had plenty of customers request this report and we are pleased to give you another tool to help you become more productive. Enjoy! The New Insurance Plan Report helps you quickly see which patients are affiliated with any given insurance plan.
Monday, 2 June 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
Our phones keep us organized these days. Notifications about everything from the latest news and sports highlights to your Facebook and Twitter updates arrive to keep you informed. In amongst all of this is the handiest communication tool yet: text messaging. Now, you can send automated text message reminders to your patients with Curve Connex. Text reminders work just like email reminders; Patients can opt-in to receive email or text message reminders. Working with your patients, you decide how often to send reminders and when. Curve Connex provides you with the ability to tailor the communications to match your patients' preferences. The last thing you want is for your messaging to become a bother. You want your messaging to help patients get to their appointments, and Curve Connex delivers. If your practice is already subscribed to Curve Connex and you want to start sending text messages, you'll be up and going in no time. You need only set a time interval on the Appointment Reminder Settings page under Notification Management in the Administration area, and then opt patients in through the Notifications tab in the Patient Profile, choosing text or email as the message vehicle. See Curve Community for more information. Seriously: It takes more time to write the how-to instructions than to actually add text messaging to your bag of patient communication tools. Setting of the time interval on Appointment Reminder Settings page under Notification Management in the Administration area Opt in under the Patient Profile Notification tab once set up. Once a patient is set up to receive text message reminders, a reminder will be sent to the cell number on their Patient Profile when the time interval mentioned above has been reached. The patient will receive a text message reminding them of the time and date of the appointment. We are excited to add this new communication feature to our Connex package. Enjoy the convenience of automation! Not subscribed to Curve Connex? Click here to learn more.
Friday, 30 May 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
When images are larger than 1500 x 1500 pixels Curve Hero will resize the image to speed things up for a better user experience. It is possible for artifacts to appear in an image when it is resized. Thus, when images have been modified and resized a watermark is added to the upper left hand corner of the image, but only when you download to save the image locally. When you download a modified image above 1500 x 1500 pixels, a watermark will appear.
Friday, 30 May 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
Schick lovers get another win with the completed integration of the USBCam4 with Curve's cloud-based imaging solution. With this latest integration Curve is now compatible with all of Schick's current line up of imaging devices. Using a sleek and lightweight design, the USBCam4 sports multiple mounting options and incredible image quality. It's eight, high-quality LED's really lighten up the image resulting in improved image clarity and colour quality; it really excels in close-up images. Click HERE to learn more about the Schick USBCam4. The connection between Curve's imaging solution and the USBCam4 is accomplished with TWAIN. Curve Dental customers can plug the camera into the computer, select the camera as the imaging source in the software, and start capturing images directly to the cloud in less than 60 seconds. Score another point for the cloud!
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
First, the wins: A Chromebook can be an inexpensive way to add a computer to your office. Chromebooks are small, very portable, and affordable, making them an excellent option for smaller office spaces that utilize a wireless internet connection. For scheduling, charting, and billing the Chromebook shines. But there are a number of losses. First, it is important to understand that a Chromebook is not a Windows PC or a Mac. It uses a proprietary operating system developed by Google called Chrome OS, which is targeted around some very specific functions involving an individual's Google user account. Beyond those borders, the Chromebook does not perform many of the functions you'll find on a computer with the Windows or Mac operating systems. Specific to Curve Hero, here are the limitations we've discovered so far: Software installations are not supported by Chrome OS, therefore our Curve Capture software used for imaging and bridging cannot be installed for use. This also means that drivers for sensors and TWAIN installations cannot be installed as well. In a nutshell, Chromebook cannot be used for imaging or bridging. Processing card payments becomes a drag. You can't connect the Bluefin mag stripe reader because the Chrome OS does not support the device. So, you won't be able to process card payments through the Bluefin reader. A Chromebook can not read CSV, so you can't export reports. The resolution of the screen is low and Hero will fire a warning when logging in notifying the user of that very fact. Apart from the issues listed above, using Curve Hero on a Chromebook is pretty much the same as your Windows PC or Mac and can be an excellent solution for an office looking to add a low-cost, small footprint computer to the office. As we mentioned earlier, it works well for scheduling, charting, and billing.
Thursday, 22 May 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
The world is not a perfect place and sometimes you need to make adjustments. You get in your car after the kids drove it and you have to adjust the seat, the mirrors, and the radio stations. You try on that new suit and of course you have to adjust here and there. Adjustments: Part of life. Specific to your practice, adjustments happen frequently and Curve Hero helps you handle them with ease. What’s more convenient is having a concise way to report on these adjustments, for accounting and forecasting purposes. And we’ve built a new handy Adjustment Summary Report that will summarize your adjustments in a jiffy. This report will allow you to see the details of each adjustment as well as summarized totals. The controls and look and feel for this report is similar to the Collection Summary Report and you should find it easy to use. The filters available will allow offices to filter any combination of adjustment reporting results. The new Adjustment Summary Report provides a quick look at adjustments by date with summary totals. You’ll find the new report under the Financial Reports category.
Thursday, 22 May 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
Following the release of a similar security feature for our Hero software, we have added extra security to the Patient Portal login as well. When logging into the Portal, your patient will have three tries to enter the proper credentials after which their account will become locked. The primary reason behind this is to help protect against brute force attackers that will go through every possible password until they gain entry. Your patient can unlock their account without having to call your practice. In order to unlock their account, your patients simply click the “reset your password” link embedded in the message (shown below) and they will be taken to the Forgot Password page, where they can enter their email address and receive a new verification email. Once they verify their account again, the lock will be removed and they are free to log in as normal. Adding this security enhancement to the Patient Portal gives us goose bumps and brings a tear to our eyes. The end result is better security for everyone. And who wouldn’t want that? Example of new warning message when patient account is locked.
Thursday, 15 May 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
We've built a mighty wall around Curve Hero. There's only one way in and that's through the login. If you think about it, the strength of the wall around your patient information is only as strong as your login password. Using a simple password can spell trouble. Short passwords are most certainly an achilles heel to the security of your practice. What to do? As always, we're here to help: In our increased effort to enhance security we have instituted a new password policy. When changing or adding a password in the admin section of Hero, you will notice a new prompt appear detailing this new policy. New passwords that do not meet this new policy will not be accepted. For now, only new and edited passwords are affected by this policy. In the near future we will ask all of our customers to change their existing passwords to meet this policy. We'll ask kindly and provide you with plenty of time to comply. At some point, however, in the interest of security, we will require all passwords to meet this new policy. Remember: There's no time like the present. We suggest you change your password at your earliest convenience to conform to the new policy. The sooner you change your password the better. There's no reason to wait for us to make the policy a requirement. As an aside, the new password rules are the same for the patient portal your patients may use to access account balances and pay their bills online (as part of the Curve Connex patient communication package). We're committed to tight security at all login areas.
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
You can now use the 2012 ADA claim form to print insurance claims from within Curve Hero. The 2006 ADA claim form will remain available for use with those carriers that have yet to upgrade to the 2012 format. When observing the carrier information section in Hero, you will now notice a new drop down selection at the bottom that allows you to print manual claims for that carrier with either the 2006 or the 2012 version. You can now print insurance claims using the 2012 or 2006 ADA claim form. Click on the blue box to choose the form you require. You will also notice a small change in the Claims module when you attempt to print a blank claim form. There are now two choices: Print Blank 2006 Claim Print Blank 2012 Claim
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
I'll tell you what you really really want... What you want is information at your fingertips. With information you can provide better service to your patients; become more efficient; generate more production; become a rock star; have your own music video on YouTube; buy your own island off the coast of France. And it all began with a little more information at your fingertips. Voila! You'll now find the patient's Preferred Site added to the list of options that can be customized for the Profile Summary (as well as the default fields displayed when adding a patient). When navigating to the Admin section of Curve Hero and then to the Patient Profile Views Setup page, you will now notice the addition of the new Preferred Site option under "All", which you can now drag and drop into the other two columns. Start working on that melody, my friend! Island life is just around the corner.
Thursday, 8 May 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
We have made a tweak to our integration with NEA's FastAttach system to now send the line items along with the submission. You will now notice that when a submission is sent to FastAttach, the procedure codes of the line items and any chosen teeth or quadrants will now be available for review. The procedure code for each item, as well as the selected teeth or quadrant, is now available for review.
Thursday, 8 May 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
You may remember that just a day or so ago we added a new feature to Curve Hero: You can assign a patient to a preferred site (for those practices with multiple locations). We also suggested that you begin to assign your patients to preferred sites. Why? Because we have grandiose plans for practices with multiple sites. Assigning patients to a preferred site is just the beginning. From here til eternity, we'll be adding new features upon that base. So, here's what's next: With the addition of the ability to add a preferred site to a patient's profile, we have now added the ability to report on this new information. When you create a custom patient report using the Patient Demographics base report, there will now be the addition of three new options when selecting fields for this report, which are: Preferred Site RP Preferred Site HoH Preferred Site For customer reports you may have already created using the Patient Demographics base report, these new columns can be added, if desired. When creating a custom report based on the Patient Demographic base report, you can now organize the report by preferred site for each specific patient contact.
Wednesday, 7 May 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
Line upon line. One brick at a time. People, we're on our way to providing our multi-site customers with super awesome multi-site functionality. It begins by assigning patients to sites. It will end with super awesome reporting across multiple sites. But let's start at the beginning: In order to specify a specific site on a per patient basis for various services, we have added a section to the patient profiles of both Canadian and US instances that allow you to set a patient to a specific site. For US customers, you assign a patient to a site in the Patient Profile (see above). For CA customers, you assign a patient to a site in the Patient Profile (see above). The site assignment section (as well as the transfer preferred site feature below) will only be visible when there is more than one site created for your account. When you create a new patient or non-patient contact, the default preferred site will be set to the currently logged in site. To make the transfer of preferred sites easier for you to apply to multiple patients, we have added the ability to transfer preferred sites in the General Administration area of Curve Hero. This works similar to the Transfer Fee Guide feature, which you may have already used. You will have the ability to convert all patient and non-patient contacts from one preferred site to another. Location of new Transfer Preferred Site feature What is the benefit to assigning patients to a specific site? At the moment, none; however, that will change within the space of only a few weeks when we begin to expand functionality in reporting that will allow you to generate reports for a specific site only. That's pretty exciting stuff. We recommend that you start assigning patients to sites now; when the reporting capabilities are released you'll benefit immediately, as a result.
Thursday, 1 May 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
Air Techniques is a big contender when it comes to imaging devices in the dental industry and we are proud to announce that we are now supporting two of their intraoral cameras: Sporting exceptional image quality and superior optics, the Polaris intraoral camera has been recommended by consultants everywhere and is very easy to use. The Spectra builds on the Polaris quality by adding a Doppler radar-like effect to the images to aid in caries detection. This camera helps eliminate the guesswork associated with diagnosing tooth decay. We are excited to add these cameras to the lineup of devices we have integrated into our proprietary software and look forward to offices enjoying their precision and usability.
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
It's great to have the ability to send text message (in beta testing now!) and email reminders out to patients. But if Curve Hero is lacking the proper information to send those reminders, namely an email address or a mobile number, that's something you want to know. You'll want to add an email address or mobile number. To address this issue, we have improved the logging of our Correspondence module to track any failed reminders. A failure message will now appear in the Correspondence Module when an appointment reminder fails to reach a recipient because an e-mail address or mobile number is not available. The following information will be displayed in the Correspondence Module when reminder fails to remind: Date Description Reminder Type (Text or Email) Recipient Name Recipient Identifier (HOH, or RP) Date and time of the appointment Patient User Failure messages will also appear in the sidekick, too, just as the successful ones currently do. Just as successful appointment reminder messages appear in the Sidekick, so will failure messages.
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
It's nice to know that somebody's got your back. And we got yours. If somebody's messing with your account, trying to get lucky and guess their way into your system, we'll promptly lock your account. After five failed login attempts Curve Hero blows a whistle and yells, "Everyone: Out of the pool!" and prevents any further attempts to log in. After the account is locked, the only person who can unlock the account is the authorized admin for your practice. A sinister message appears after five failed login attempts and Curve Hero then locks the account. Only the practice Admin can unlock an account. Of course, we're only human and sometimes we forget passwords, or we forget the Caps Lock key is on, or we failed our keyboarding class in junior high school and can't type if our life depended on it. So, Curve Hero will sound a warning on the fourth failed login that one more failed attempt will result in the account being locked. To unlock an account, the practice admin simply navigates to the User Management section of Hero's Administration section. Once there, the admin needs to click on the staff member's name. A red bubble notification will be present stating the account is locked. Simply click "Unlock Account" and then click "OK" on the confirmation, and that's it! Voila! Back in business!
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
To be in two places at the same time; now, wouldn't that be something. Were humanity able to unravel the mysteries of time and space think how much more efficient we would be. The doctor: Prepping a crown in operatory one while giving little Johnny his annual check up in operatory four. The office manager: Taking a payment from Mrs. Fairbanks at the front desk while checking inventory in the back room. To be clear--and to put you at ease--we have not solved that little puzzle, yet. We, like you, are still muddling through our short stint on Earth making do with the same space at the same time. But, we did make a little breakthrough that will make you just that much more efficient. We understand that when needing to switch back and forth from one site to another it can be a bit trying. Having to keep logging out and logging back in can be a big time guzzler. To rectify this, we have now added the ability to switch from one site to another without having to logout and login. If you have more than one site created for your practice, take a look at the More Menu menu. You will now see a new link that will notify you which site you are on. You will now see a section labeled Site: [Site Name]. Note the "Site:" menu option. Click here to open a list of other available sites. When you click on this new menu item, a new dialog will open allowing you to switch effortlessly from one site to another. Simply click the dropdown, choose which site you need, and click OK (see illustration below). See: Two places while sitting in the same chair--kind of. New dialog to switch sites!
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
Thursday, 17 April 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
People like to see the details. That doesn't mean people actually read the details, but there is a sense of satisfaction knowing that IF one wants to get into the nitty gritty they can. In that spirit we added more appointment reminder details to the Correspondence Module. The additional information includes the following: Date Description Reminder Type (Email or Text) Cell Phone Number or Email Address at the time of the reminder Recipient Name Recipient Identifier (HOH, or RP) Date and time of the appointment Patient User Why did we make this change? Curve Connex automatically sends appointment reminders to your patients via email and text. You tell Curve Connex when you want reminders to be sent and and how and then never worry about reminding patients again. With all that automation going on behind the scenes, it makes sense for you to be able to monitor this activity at your leisure. This new information will be presented in both the main page of the Correspondence Module, as well as in the Sidekick (see images below). In the main Correspondence page you'll now see what reminders were sent to the active patient and when. You'll now see appointment reminder activity in the Sidekick, too.
Friday, 11 April 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
Schick by Sirona's 33 digital x-ray sensor is their newest sensor with image resolution quality that surpasses most other sensors, the company claims. It also sports the Schick interchangeable cable system. That's all fine and well; however, we believe the most important feature of the Schick 33 is that it is now compatible with Curve's native imaging capabilities. Now, you can plug and play this baby and start capturing digital x-ray images to the cloud in no time at all. We took advantage of Schick 33's ability to be used with TWAIN and have fully integrated it into our Curve Capture TWAIN solution, adding one more industry leading device to our repertoire. We will continue to have surprises up our sleeve in the future, but for now...Enjoy!
Tuesday, 8 April 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
Insurance companies are now providing reimbursement by way of a prepaid credit card. In order to help facilitate this new payment system you can now record an insurance payment as a credit card payment. Using a prepaid credit card as payment works the same as the current credit card payment types for a patient. When you make an insurance payment you will see that you now have the new option of selecting Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, or CareCredit (US Only). Customers can now properly identify how an insurance payment was made, including a credit card option.
Monday, 7 April 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
In the Correspondence Module you'll find a log of interactions between your practice and any given patient. Previous to this upgrade, automated reminders did not display a User associated with the correspondence, because there really isn't a user in these specific cases. However, to be more transparent, we opted to name the User as "Curve Hero" for these specific interactions. As a result, it should be clear to you that Curve Hero initiated the interaction and not a human user, assuming all members of your team are human. Perhaps a more politically correct statement would be: "...and not a biological user." Enjoy. Curve Hero now lists itself as the User responsible for Automated reminders entries.
Friday, 4 April 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
When you encourage your patients to use our patient portal for payments, you want to know that your patients have all the information they need to make a successful transaction. For this reason, we have added some helpful information for your patients to locate their card verification number. This can be different based on the exact credit card used and can be located in different spots on the card as well. To eliminate any question about this factor of the transaction, we have added a helpful dialog to make online payments super easy. Just click the "What is this?" link to open up more information about this feature on the credit card. Your patients will appreciate the "What is this?" link found below the Card Verification Number field. When they click on this link they'll be shown where the Card Verification Number can be found (see next graphic).
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
Released the evening of Tuesday, April 1, 2014! We're always making improvements to our software, which is one of the many benefits of using web-based dental software: Constant improvements without the hassle of installing upgrades. In this case, we centered our sights on our native imaging capabilities, rolled up our sleeves and accomplished the following: Ability to print a mount Ability to save a modified image Printing a Mount With server-side printing now enabled, our customers can now print a mount. Simply right click on any mount and choose "Print Mount". Piece of cake! Click HERE for the Community article on Printing a Mount To print a mount, simply right-click and select "Print Mount". Saving a Modified Image More benefits from server-side functionality: You can now save a modified image. So, after you've tweaked an image (by adjusting contrast, or brightness, or whatever), you simple right-click and then choose "Save Modified". Another piece of cake. Click HERE for the Community article on using Save Modified To save an image that you have tweaked (by adjusting contrast or brightness, as an example), right click on the image and choose "Save Modified". Our Built-in Letter Editor Gets Better One of the things that our customers like about Curve Hero is how easy it is to merge letters. Look, other dental software make letter merging a nightmare-ask anybody that's used DENTRIX and they know exactly what I mean. With Curve Hero, because the letter editor is a part of the software, merging a letter is painless. Now, we've even made it better. We took a second look at the user interface and noticed that we could improve the layout and positioning of key buttons. Now, the layout is more intuitive and the interface is congruent with the Hero's overall design. We're making improvements to Curve Hero nearly every other day-okay, at least once a week, but sometimes more often. Because Curve Hero is a web-based application our customers never worry about having to stop operations or work late to upgrade. All improvements, like this one, just show up and make themselves available for immediate use. Advantage Curve! We made improvements to the Letter Editor: The layout of key buttons is more intuitive and the design is more in line with the rest of Curve Hero.
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
You know, sometime when you look back on something you built earlier you occasionally see something that you know you could have done better. The perfectionists never rest and never complete anything. We were looking at the Contact Profile for non-patients and we noticed that the grouping of the fields could be more logically placed. So, we rearranged the fields in a more logical manner. The resulting layout pays more attention to grouping the fields together with greater relevancy. New layout of US non-patient contact profile dialog.
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
We can proudly say that we are now supporting Acteon's Sopro line of cameras. This includes the Soprolife, Soprocare, Sopro 717 and Sopro 617. We have successfully integrated this line of devices into our Curve Capture TWAIN solution for use with Curve Hero, providing our customers with an excellent option to capture and store high resolution images with these wonderful cameras. And remember, all images are captured directly to the cloud: No backup worries; No hard disk space worries; All images accessible from anywhere at any time. If this camera line feels like an option for your office, please feel free to contact our support team and they will enable our TWAIN functionality for you.
Monday, 10 March 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
Up until now, when a confirmed appointment was moved to the queue the confirmation followed the appointment to whatever new date and time to which it was moved. If you wanted to change the status of the appointment (from Confirmed to No Confirmation) you had to do that manually. Well, our customers didn't like that. And, quite frankly, it follows that if an appointment is moved from one day to another, one can't automatically assume that the patient has confirmed the new appointment date and time. So we fixed that. Now, if you move a confirmed appointment into the queue, and then out of the queue to a new date and time, the status will be changed to No Confirmation. As a result, you'll be better able to manage the appointment and make sure the patient is aware of the change. You should see better appointment attendance as a result. This simple change is another example of how Curve Hero is constantly improving thanks to the suggestions of our VIP customers (and at Curve all of our customers are VIP customers).
Thursday, 6 March 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
One or two of our VIP customers (all of our customers are VIP customers) told us that we could improve our Custom Payment Report by including an option to sort by payment type. So we did that. We put one or two of our super engineers to work and Bam! we created a new report called the Collection Summary Report. This new report is located under the Financial Reports category in the Reports section and appears in a new window in the same manner that the Period Summary and Bank Deposit reports currently do. The Collection Summary Report looks familiar to these other reports since they use much of the same information. This leads to a more intuitive user experience for our customers that are already familiar with the current Curve Hero reporting capabilities. The new report allows our customers to sort by transaction types and payment types, which will allow greater visual insight into understanding how revenue is entering and leaving the practice, because knowledge is power. And with Curve Hero you're quickly becoming He-Man, Master of the Universe or his twin sister, She-ra, Princess of Power ... whichever you prefer. But the bottom line is more numbers and information at your fingertips. Location of new Collection Summary report.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
In order to avoid any confusion when locking notes, as it is a permanent change, we have updated the confirmation dialog that pops up when locking said notes. Instead of just saying "OK", the text will now read "Permanently Lock". Updated lock notes dialog window.
Monday, 3 March 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
Patients can use up part of their insurance benefits at another dental practice, or the office can start using Hero in the middle of the patient's benefit year with the patient having already used part of their benefits. In these circumstances, without somehow being able to track what was used outside of your practice, insurance estimates were ... wrong. So we fixed that. We tackled this issue by adding a new feature to the insurance policy information section. Now when you open the policy Information dialog, there will be a link at the bottom: Coverage Used Outside Curve Hero. When this is clicked it will open a new dialog that will allow you to specify already used amounts for maximums, ensuring a more accurate calculation of the patient's actual remaining benefits. When one of your patients have used a portion of their benefits outside of your practice you'll want to click here and record those amounts. For Canadian instances, there will be a Basic, Major, and Ortho amount that can be set for patients in a family (who are covered by the policy), in accordance with the maximums shown in the sidekick as well as the main insurance section. If the coverage is listed as combined, then the Basic and Major amounts will combined as expected when dealing with the maximums. For Canadian practices, you'll see this dialog box when wanting track benefits used outside the practice. For US instances, there will be an individual amount that can be set for patients in a family as well (who are also covered by the policy), in accordance with the maximums shown in the sidekick as well as the main insurance section. For US practices, you'll see this dialog box when wanting track benefits used outside the practice. With both instances, there is a dropdown that will allow you to set the used amounts depending on the available plan year, which will allow offices to change the amounts from previous and current years, This defaults to the current year. These edited amounts will apply to all insurance calculations for the year chosen.
Monday, 3 March 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
We recognize that there are cases when you would need to manually set an insurance estimate to $0 in an appointment or a treatment plan, and NOT have it recalculate the insurance at checkout. Say, for instance, that you added a procedure code to a treatment plan or appointment and the insurance policy has added the insurance estimate to the line item, but maybe that insurance company does not cover that specific procedure code. In this case you would need to change the estimate to zero. The problem before was that when offices checked out their treatment plan or appointment, the insurance calculation would be reapplied when added to the billing ledger if $0 was detected. This change will not affect the ability to redo your insurance estimate in the treatment plan. Re-estimation will function as before and will recalculate insurance estimates that have been manually changed to $0. This change will help you cope with insurance situations that are not black and white for all procedures encountered.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
The argument for having your patients opt in to receive appointment reminders via text or email hinges on one simple question put to the patient: "Mrs. Jones, do you want to receive appointment reminders via text and email?" If Mrs. Jones responds with "Yes!" you've done two things: 1)Mrs. Jones is now expecting and looking for appointment reminders; and 2)You've just made a dent in your no-show rate. Everybody's happy. If you don't ask Mrs. Jones to opt in to receive appointment reminders you put at risk the relationship you currently have with Mrs. Jones. If Mrs. Jones receives an unexpected text from you she may not be so happy about that; she could be downright angry. Privacy is a big deal to folks these days, bigger to some than others. Mrs. Jones could be outside your practice one fine morning throwing eggs and talking to the local radio station. Then its dogs and cats living together and the whole world is asunder! Let us, therefore, protect order from chaos and discourage the cohabitation of our four-legged furry friends. In staying true to an obligatory "opt-in" by the patient, we have removed the practice-wide settings in the administration area regarding notification settings pertaining to email and text message reminders (text messaging is starting beta testing soon). To activate this feature for an individual patient, you will click on the Notifications tab when looking at the patient's profile. You will notice a Reminder Notifications section at the bottom. There you can check whether the patient should receive appointment reminder notifications via email or text. Of course, checking these boxes willy nilly, without the patient's consent, would be bad. Ask your patients if they would like to receive appointment reminders via text and email. Most will say "Yes!". That's an opt in if there ever was one. Thank you for choosing Curve Dental to help manage your practice. We appreciate your support and your input!
Friday, 14 February 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
You may be aware of a reality program on cable television that depicts the lifestyles of self-professed hoarders. Their homes are stacked from floor to ceiling with stuff. Most episodes end happily as the home is cleaned out and the hoarder is restored to some level of satisfaction. We don't want our customers to feel like hoarders when it comes to letter templates. Our customers can now delete any template, which keeps the list of available templates manageable. When you load or save a letter template, in addition to the New Template and Save Template buttons, you will also see a Delete Template button. To avoid any accidental deletions, a confirmation message will appear before actually deleting a template. Here's to keeping your list of letter templates clutter-free!
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
For our Canadian customers, it came to our attention that Curve Hero was displaying the full amount used and remaining by an entire family on an individual's used and remaining amounts. Obviously, that's incorrect; the amount displayed should only be for used and remaining benefits for only the individual. So we fixed that. Now the used and remaining amounts shown in the Sidekick and the Insurance module pertain only to an individual. This change will also affect insurance estimates as well, which were being calculated incorrectly before due to this family usage vs. individual usage dilemma. Many thanks to our customers who brought this error to our attention.
Monday, 10 February 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
I've been told by our development team that they've completed testing on Digital Doc's IRIS Intraoral Camera. Our customers can now use the IRIS to capture stunning digital intraoral photographs directly to the cloud through TWAIN. Capturing directly is boss! It's quick. It's easy. The image is not stored on a local drive, where it can take up limited HD space and create a data backup issue. Nobody wants that! If you have a IRIS camera and want to use it with Curve Image, we just need to enable TWAIN functionality for you. Feel free to chat with our customer service team to learn more. One other exciting aspect of completing the testing on IRIS is that it opens the gates for many other cameras and input devices to be tested. As each device completes testing we'll be sure to let you know.
Thursday, 6 February 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
Not too long ago we added a neat feature that lets you see used and remaining balances for any given patient. We were quite proud of that one and wrote home to our mothers about it. Well, our customers were pretty happy, too, until someone realized that these balances were showing up even for patients who had non-assignment policies. For non-assignment policies, obviously, Curve Hero really can't track what has been used and what is remaining because the benefits are being paid directly to the patient, rather than to the practice. So the balance being displayed in the Sidekick was a highly dubious number (akin to a hopeful politician making a fiscal promise). What to do? Our engineers did their magic: Now, for patients with non-assignment policies, Curve Hero will not display a used and remaining balance in the Sidekick. Eureka! Problem solved. Next!
Thursday, 6 February 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
In order to give our customers more control over the payments received through their patient portal, we added a new, handy gizmo that sets the minimum amounts that may be charged on any one transaction. Translation: If your patient owes $100 and you will only accept $100 as a payment, you can do that. Or, you can set a minimum amount that you'll accept. You may either leave the online payments with no minimum amount as it has been (which is the default), or you can restrict payments to either a fixed dollar amount or 100% of what the patient owes. When making an online payment your patients will notice whatever payment restriction you employ as they are adding the amount they wish to pay. A statement will appear under the payment amount field notifying them of your practice's policy; a payment amount outside of your payment restrictions will not be accepted. Your practice now has more control over what payment amounts are accepted through online payments. You can restrict payments to 100% of the outstanding balance or set a minimum payment amount.
Tuesday, 4 February 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
Last Fall we introduced our VIP customers to our new Patient Portal. Because all of our customers are VIP's all of our customers can subscribe to the new Patient Portal where their patients can make an online payment, which is very cool. While accepting online payments is the cat's meow, your practice may not accept every type of card. Now, the practice can determine what cards they wish to accept and the corresponding card logos will now display on the patient portal. These card graphics encourage payment, which is what every practice wants. To have these logos display on your patient portal, go to the Admin section of Hero where Bluefin options are managed; that's where you'll determine which cards you wish to accept. The cards included are: Visa Mastercard American Express Discover So, what happens if one of your patient tries to use a card your practice does not accept? A polite note appears explaining to your patient that while you appreciate their intent to make a payment, unfortunately your practice does not accept the type of card they are using.
Monday, 27 January 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
We are super excited to announce a new feature in the Sidekick that makes it super easy to decipher and understand patient relationships. We call it the Sidekick Family Member Picker-or you can call it "easy". So what is the Sidekick Family Member Picker? When you click on a patient's name in the Sidekick, you used to see the current patient and any other family members. This did not include non-patient contacts, relationship identifiers, or ages, making it very difficult to differentiate between family members with the same name. So, we modified the Family drop down and added a couple of other goodies as well. Now, when you click the patient's name in the Sidekick, you will see a list of all family members as well as whether patients are a Head of Household (HOH) or a Responsible Party (RP). We also added the age next to each name to give more heads up information to the user. The Sidekick Family Member Picker in action. Note that the Head of Household and the Responsible Party are clearly indicated. Also, the age of each family member appears, making it a bit easier to determine who is who (or is it whom is whom?).
Thursday, 23 January 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
A big win for our customers! You can now view used and remaining benefits for any patient. Our customers have been asking for this capability and we're now very happy to deliver. In the last several months the insurance capabilities in Hero have been greatly expanded, which has made for some very happy folks. So, why is this feature important? Your patients like to know what insurance benefits they have remaining to use. The front desk team is often asked for this information and being able to access it quickly makes them look like a rock star. The new figures can be readily viewed in the SideKick under the Insurance section (as well as in the main Insurance Policy window). Used and remaining benefits are clearly displayed in three categories for Canadian offices: Basic, Major, and Ortho, and two categories for American offices: Individual and Family.
Thursday, 9 January 2014 by Andy Jensen, CMO
When patients pay their bills online through a Curve Dental patient portal the transaction is protected by 128 bit encryption. That's always been the case. A recommendation from one or two very smart people prompted us to add a fancy icon at the bottom of the payments page to highlight the fact that the transaction is secure. Every transaction is secured using AES 128 bit encryption. AES is a standard adopted by the US Government and is used extensively world wide to secure financial transactions. Some cryptology experts have presented evidence that in order to "crack" 128 bit encryption a very fast computer would required six thousand trillion years of processing time. Your transaction is secure! This new icon was recently placed to assure patients that their transaction is secure.
Monday, 6 January 2014 by Megan Boyd, Product Manager
A handful of our VIP customers (all of our customers are VIP's) reported a very strange phenomenon when printing a report containing recare type names. When the report was printed some recare type names were on different rows within the report. After a great deal of investigative work, ballistics, autopsy, and a complimentary palm reading from a self-proclaimed "psychic" we identified the cause of the error. If a recare type name included a comma (such as "Scaling, RP") the report generator would split the name into two parts at the comma, placing the first part on one line and the second part on the very next line in the report. Ah! Now that we found the commonality it didn't take us long to correct the problem. You are more than welcome to continue to use commas in any recare type name; it will not affect reporting at all. Many thanks to our customers for bringing the issue to our attention and for being patient as we tracked down the cause and then fixed it.