Paperless Workflow or Front Desklessness
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Date: July 26, 2012

Time: 01:00 PM PDT

Duration: 60-minutes


Work flow is data flow.

Much of the work of a dental office revolves around creating, adding to, storing, retrieving and moving around dental records. The records, including chart notes, diagnostics, financial and schedules are the critical data of a dental office. When the data is on paper it can only be in one place at a time so we assign work to a specific place (like a front desk) and a specific person to that place.

With paperless (digital) records, work flow changes radically, it can now be described in terms of tasks not places. This has been called Front Desklessness.

Front Desklessness is not about tossing out a piece of furniture or eliminating a staff person. It is about doing the non clinical business functions in a different more efficient manner. A more efficient manner that simply is not possible with paper records.


Dr. Larry Emmott

Speaker, Author, Consultant, and Dentist

Dr. Larry Emmott is one of the most entertaining speakers in dentistry; he will have you laughing while you are learning. He is considered the leading dental high tech authority in the country and has over thirty years of experience as a practicing general dentist in Phoenix, AZ.

He has addressed hundreds of professional groups, and has been a featured speaker at every major US dental meeting, including the Chicago Mid-winter, the ADA annual meeting, the CDA, the Greater New York, and others.

He is a consultant to dental technology companies and many other dentists, he is a regular contributor to leading national magazines and for ten years was the high tech columnist for "Dental Products Report" Magazine. Currently he writes a technology column for “Dental Economics” Magazine.

Dr. Emmott was raised in Arizona and attended the University of Arizona. He graduated from the University of Southern California Dental School in 1977.

He is the founder and director of Emmott on Technology, LLC, a dental computer consulting company, he provides high tech dental consulting for dentists and industry and he has been a pioneer in online publishing with his blog EmmottonTechnology.com.

He is an active member of the American Dental Association, Arizona State Dental Association and the prestigious American Academy of Dental Practice Administration as well as other professional associations.


Dr. Jeffrey Rohde

Clinical Editor and Director of Content Development

Dr. Rohde graduated from undergraduate at UCLA with a bachelor's degree in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. A masters degree from UCLA in Biochemistry followed a year later. He continued on at UCLA in the School of Dentistry, and completed a General Practice Residency at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, CA. He currently maintains comprehensive restorative practice in Santa Barbara, CA. His practice specializes in using the latest in high-tech dental equipment, and in utilizing the most up-to-date clinical concepts.

Dr. Rohde was one of the founders of Dentalcompare. He is working as Clinical Editor and Director of Content Development. His goal is to make Dentalcompare the number one dental resource for his fellow colleagues.

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