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DT U.S. Edition, November 2010, Vol. 5, No. 22

Patti DiGangi is a vision-driven person who finds strength and direction from her inner convic- tions. Like most true visionaries, she views obstacles as learning experiences that can be used for self-development. As a lifelong learner, her ener- getic, thought-provoking and suc- cessful program development and mind-bending view of what can be shines a bright light for oth- ers to preview the future and find their place in it. DiGangi can be contacted through her website at based solution that automatically synchronizes my systems. Web-based systems enable me to have a more connected and simpli- fied lifestyle. Is it safe? Yes, prob- ably safer than ever before. Back- ups and redundancies are part of the system. Security is on a level that I have neither the knowledge nor desire to completely under- stand. Could something this simple be available in dentistry? The answer is yes. The Curve Dental system is a web-based solution for dental prac- tices. You are in control instead of an IT person. With Curve, you don’t need special software and all the setup hassles that go with it. You simply need web access. There is no loading software on every computer in your practice, then configuring every computer in your practice and then upgrading every computer in your practice to work with the new software. The entire process is much eas- ier and less expensive when all you need is an Internet connection. There is no lengthy set-up time. Your practice can start using the system the minute Curve gives you a username and password. Curve is winning awards left and right with its innovative sys- tem. Additionally, Curve gives you Act (ARRA) of 2009, commonly known as the stimulus package, was signed into law making the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act the law of the land, definitions, rule-making and clari- fication have continued. New civil money penalty amounts apply to HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule violations occurring after Feb. 17, 2009; thus strengthening the bite of HIPAA violations. Privacy officers in a variety of health-care locations have been debating and developing ways of determining if a breach in security in electronic records creates harm. Does your practice have a “Pri- vacy Officer”? If you have one, is that person’s knowledge based on the rapidly changing arena of HIPAA that currently exists? Has your office performed risk analysis to identify if your system has safe- guards that comply with the HIPAA Security Rule and is up-to-date with the new world of HIPAA? As a speaker, I am often at air- ports and hotels working on my laptop computer. I have long been looking for a way to synchronize my data with my desktop computer system. The simplest way is a web- a leg up on the HIPAA Administra- tive Safeguard and Organizational/ Documentation requirements. Curve sends you the full analy- sis and helps you make the HIPAA security gauntlet a virtual cakewalk. Curve backs up your data every hour of every day. Furthermore, it’s all done in a redundant and HIPAA- compliant structure. There are many benefits to the system no matter where you are in your career. Upgrades are constant- ly being made with Curve. You don’t have to wait for the next version and all the inherent problems of updates to have the latest and greatest at your fingertips. This positions Curve to readily make the changes needed for the coming interoperable EHR. There is no reason to fear the 2014 EHR deadline. Clinicians can stop worrying knowing the heart of the business, our patient data, is safe. Web-based solutions can provide clinical decision support to enhance patient care and productivity. HT HYGIENE TRIBUNE | November 2010 Clinical 3B f HT page 1B AD About the author