Timeless Art by Pruitt

  My art is now featured on Etsy I have now stocked my Etsy store with 14 works. Please come visit me. Take a look around. “Panhandle Depot” is the first of many [By Darrell K. Pruitt DDS] The “Panhandle Depot” Signed and dated, 8×10 print of a high resolution colored pencil painting depicting a […]

The “Whole Tooth” Blog Talk Radio to Interview Dr. Darrell Pruitt on eHRs

Plugging my Interview and Otherwise Clogging Things [By D. Kellus Pruitt DDS] Where are the EDR cheerleaders when I need them? On Tuesday May 31st, I’ve got a show to put on! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thewholetooth Where are the EDR Cheerleaders? Every now and then I still come across EDR vendors on the internet who would mislead naïve […]

Kathleen Sebelius Please Pay Attention to Dr. Darrell Pruitt

Deferred Investment [An Incentive to Access] By D. Kellus Pruitt; DDS On Friday, the editor of the Chicago Dental Society’s [CDS] blog “Open Wide” posted a progressive, brief article titled, “State of Illinois offers incentive for dentists to treat Medicaid patients” (no byline). http://chicagodentalsociety.blogspot.com/2009/12/state-of-illinois-offers-incentive-for.html CDS says that last week, Governor Pat Quinn signed a law […]

Dr. Pruitt Invites Dr. Cohen to Discuss eDRs

Where is the ADA’s Representative? By Darrell K. Pruitt; DDS He or she should have been talking with me long ago. I have the audience and I’m giving you that opportunity I promised you, Dr. Donald Cohen. Rest Easy I’m aware that I possibly make you uncomfortable, considering how “unprofessionally” I’ve publicly treated lesser devoted […]

Kelly Mclendon RHIA censors D. Kellus Pruitt DDS

By Darrell K. Pruitt; DDS Dateline: 8.15.09 Dear Kelly Mclendon, Registered Health Information Administrator You are beginning to make me feel insulted, and I will not have that. I just noticed that the last two comments I submitted to your Website, http://www.spacecoastmedicine.com, on August 9 and 10, are still “awaiting moderation.” http://www.spacecoastmedicine.com/2009/08/electronic-records-for-all-patients-mandated-by-2014.html#comment-89  (For clarity, the comments […]

BCBS-TX Must Talk to D. Kellus Pruitt DDS

Do My Manners Bother Anyone? [By Darrell K. Pruitt; DDS ] I posted this on the Dallas Morning News Website in response to an article about BCBSTX downsizing due to the economy. http://economywatchblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/08/health-care-losing-jobs.html Dear Jason Roberson – Reporter – The Dallas Morning News  As a dentist on the east side of Fort Worth whose patients have […]

The NPI and One DDS’s Opinion

A Dentist Offers his View on the NPI Deadline Issue By Darrell Pruitt, DDS I have a unique perspective of the National Provider Identifier [NPI] issue.  As a dentist who has no contracts with any insurance company, I refuse to apply for an NPI number. Legally, I am not compelled to “volunteer” for the number, […]

Dental Electronic Records – Why Bother?

Electronic dental records – why bother? [By Darrell Pruitt DDS] “Clinician EHR Workload, Cognitive Efforts Double After EHR Adoption – Providers reported significant cognitive workload increases, such as higher levels of frustration and mental demands following EHR adoption” By Christopher Jason for EHR Intelligence, March 23, 2021.https://ehrintelligence.com/news/clinician-ehr-workload-cognitive-efforts-double-after-ehr-adoption Jason:  “Clinician workload and cognitive efforts doubled after […]


WHAT IS “ANOSMIA” By Darrell Pruitt DDS and David E. Marcinko MBBS, MBA Anosmia, also known as smell blindness, is the loss of the ability to detect one or more smells. Anosmia may be temporary or permanent. It differs from Hyposmia which is a decreased sensitivity to some or all smells. According to Wikipedia, Anosmia […]

Deborah C. Peel MD on Patient Privacy [video]

An Audio-Video Presentation [Submitted via Darrell Pruitt DDS] *** *** Conclusion Your thoughts and comments on this ME-P are appreciated. Feel free to review our top-left column, and top-right sidebar materials, links, URLs and related websites, too. Then, subscribe to the ME-P. It is fast, free and secure. Speaker: If you need a moderator or […]

Dental EHRs are a Scam?

Electronic dental records are a scam. They have always been a scam. By Darrell Pruitt DDS “Microsoft & Google unable to detect new zero-day ransomware.” By Anthony Spadafora for ITProPortal, February 7, 2018 https://www.itproportal.com/news/microsoft-google-unable-to-detect-new-zero-day-ransomware/ Spadafora: “The ShurL0ckr ransomware was able to avoid detection by a majority of anti-virus engines and cloud applications. As organisations have […]

Dental EHRs are Coming to an End?

Dental EHRs are Coming to an End By Darrell Pruitt DDS The reckless third-party push for adoption of increasingly dangerous dental EHR systems is the most harmful scam in the history of dentistry. But it’s almost over, Doc. Equifax was hacked. “If a company like Equifax can make significant investments, have every incentive to keep the […]

Protect Privacy – DO NOT Use EMRs!

  OCR pays its own way Submitted By‏ Darrell Pruitt DDS “OCR unleashes second wave of HIPAA audits, but will it diminish patients’ privacy and security expectations? Healthcare entities should expect the Office for Civil Rights to levy fines that help fund the program.  And until OCR delivers a draft audit protocol breaches will continue […]

Reflections on Evidence Based Dentistry

My Search for Truth – 2009 [By Darrell Kellus Pruitt; DDS] Do the leaders of the American Dental Association [ADA] encourage critical thinking by membership?  Or; do they fear my opinion of what appears to be destructive and self-serving institutional bias in my ADA that favors businesses peripheral to the care of dental patients, and […]

Free Market Dentistry

“Common Sense”  By Darrell Pruitt DDS Perhaps my ideas about the Internet, and the American Dental Association [ADA], which I have mentioned before are still too ahead of their time to be easily accepted by most dentists.  When dentists grow accustomed to thinking in a certain way towards the structure of leadership in our professional […]

On Private Equity-Owned Dental Practices

The boom and bust of private equity-owned dental practices in the U.K …. Lessons to be learned? By Darrell Kellus Pruitt DDS “Why the dental business became more and more like pulling teeth,” by Harry Wilson, City Editor of The Times (U.K.) Describes problems caused by agreements made between investor-owned dental groups and the government. […]

Do We Really Need Electronic Dental Records [EDRs]?

BY DARRELL K. PRUITT DDS Do you really need digital records, Doc? Why? “Ransomware criminals’ demands rise as aggressive tactics pay off – Average ransomware demands and payments are up as criminal enterprises pour money into the profitable operations.” By Brooke Crothers for FOXBusiness, August 14, 2021.https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/ransomware-criminals-demands-rise-aggressive-tactics-pay-off Crothers: “The ransomware crisis just keeps getting worse […]

FINANCIAL PLANNING: Strategies for Doctors and their Advisors

BY DR. DAVID E. MARCINKO MBA CMP® SPONSOR: http://www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.org REVIEWS: Written by doctors and healthcare professionals, this textbook should be mandatory reading for all medical school students—highly recommended for both young and veteran physicians—and an eliminating factor for any financial advisor who has not read it. The book uses jargon like ‘innovative,’ ‘transformational,’ and ‘disruptive’—all […]

Dodging an Embarrassing Question about Electronic Dental Records

MORE ON EDR SECURITY By Darrell K. Pruitt, DDS Dental Care Alliance Data Breach Impacts More Than 1 Million Patients NEWS FLASH! “Sarasota, FL-based Dental Care Alliance, LLC, a dental support organization with more than 320 affiliated dental practices across 20 states, has been hacked and the protected health information of more than a million […]

Attention Texas Dental Patients

Attention Texas Dental Patients [You should read this] Darrell K. Pruitt DDS *** At a uniquely critical time in history, as dentists strive to keep their patients out of emergency rooms, pharmacists here in Fort Worth are telling dentists that the Texas State Board of Pharmacy has outlawed paper prescriptions – even for antibiotics. *** According […]

Keeping the CORONA VIRUS Out of Dental Offices?

Opinion-Editorial [By Darrell K. Pruitt DDS] The ONLY way to protect dentists, staff, patients and their families from the risk of fatal COVID-19 infections is to keep the virus out of dental offices. (See graph from the New York Times). *** Prediction: If quick and reliable testing is not available soon, within weeks after dental […]

Asking questions others won’t

About Digital X-ray Manipulation! [By Darrell K. Pruitt DDS] Today, I shared a video which revealed how images produced by Computerized Axial Tomography [CAT] scanners can be imperceptibly manipulated for nefarious purposes. Kinda like so-called “Photo-Shopping”  Injecting and Removing Cancer from CT Scans While this scary article is on my mind, I will ask a […]

National Dentist’s Day 2019

Sorry we Missed it. Mea Culpa! [By staff reporters] National Dentist’s Day was established to show appreciation and thanks for dentists and raise awareness of dentistry so that people will know more about caring for their teeth. National Dentist’s Day falls on March 6th every year. It was established as a way to show appreciation […]

A New FINANCIAL PLANNING TEXTBOOK for DRs and Physician Focused Financial Advisors

 THRIVE IN 2019 Our New Text – “Take a Peek Inside“  – Now Available – *** Front Matter with Foreword by Jason Dyken MD MBA “BY DOCTORS – FOR DOCTORS – PEER REVIEWED – FIDUCIARY FOCUSED” *** Book Reviews Written by doctors and healthcare professionals, this textbook should be mandatory reading for all medical school students—highly recommended for […]

The “CLOUD” Could Get Expensive for Health Care

 AND … DOCTORS By Darrell K. Pruitt DDS Without net-neutrality, cloud-based practice management (which is already more expensive than office-based) could cost even more. The Impactful Industries “4 industries that could be impacted by net neutrality – With a historic net neutrality vote set to take place tomorrow, people across the United States are rightly […]

Did ADA Leaders Mislead Congress about EDR Security?

 Electronic Dental Records [EDR] Security? By Darrell K. Pruitt DDS “Terrifying Truth: Ransomware is Everywhere – At its basest level, ransomware is a form of kidnapping. Hackers effectively ‘kidnap’ a business’s data and information systems and threaten to destroy it unless the business pays a ransom for its safe return.” Todd Lewis for Nibletz [October […]

Health Information Technology [EMR] Update

2014 to 2017             By D. Kellus Pruitt DDS Three years ago “When Patients Fear EHR – When patients believe paper medical records are safer and more private than electronic ones, their health can suffer. Many members of the public mistakenly believe electronic health records (ehrs) are less secure than […]

EHRs, ADA Leaders and Conflict of Interest

  A decade later ….? By D. Kellus Pruitt DDS In July 2007, Dr. Robert H. Ahlstrom, representing the American Dental Association and by default, all US dentists, testified before the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) on the benefits of EHRs in dentistry. His testimony is featured in an official document titled: […]

Medical “Chartless future for everyone closer than you think”

2015 … Really?             By Darrell K. Pruitt DDS *** “By 2015, health care is scheduled to be chartless. The federal National Health Information Infrastructure (NHII) is already formulating the parameters for this future. Chartless records are not a choice. The year 2015 is less than seven years away. We […]

HITECH: A politically-correct Scam?

Update on HITECH By Kellus Pruitt DDS “How bad science can lead to bad science journalism — and bad policy – This is what happens when news organizations don’t catch lousy studies.” By Stephen Soumerai and Ross Koppel for The Washington Post, June 7, 2017/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/06/07/how-bad-science-can-lead-to-bad-science-journalism-and-bad-policy/?Utm_term=.631e0a2d022c#comments Soumerai and Koppel:  “As researchers who focus on health […]

Why patients will soon prefer paper dental records?

Read for yourself why dental patients will soon prefer paper-based over paperless [By Kellus Pruitt DDS] Recently, Marianne Kolbasuk McGee (HealthInfoSec) posted, “Analysis: Are HHS Cybersecurity Recommendations Achievable? Experts Sort Through New Task Force Report.” http://www.healthcareinfosecurity.com/analysis-are-hhs-cybersecurity-recommendations-achievable-a-9971 McGee:  “A new Department of Health and Human Services report to Congress containing more than 100 recommendations for how […]

Dental Managed Care is Substandard Care

   Dental Managed Care [DMC] is Substandard Care – count on it! By D. Kellus Pruitt DDS Have you noticed most employer-sponsored dental plans boast savings of 30% and more on dental care, without mentioning how unsustainable discounts harms their employees? Dental Managed Care [DMC] is substandard care: Discount dentistry, like virtually all underfunded handwork, […]

Recent EHR News

Recent EHR News By Darrell K. Pruitt DDS “Cerber ransomware decryption tool was available for 1 day before hackers rendered it useless – The authors of Cerber fixed the flaw in the ransomware’s code that made decryption possible.” By India Ashok for International Business Times, August 18, 2016. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/cerber-ransomware-decryption-tool-was-available-1-day-before-hackers-rendered-it-useless-1576662 “HIPAA Breach Case Results in Record […]

Are Paper MRs Safer than EMRs?

  Paper is Safer! [By Darrell K. Puitt DDS] “Ransomware Attacks Can’t Hide from HIPAA Anymore – Hospital and health system executives are on notice: Come clean about ransomware attacks as early as possible or be prepared to face sanctions.” By Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, July 19, 2016. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/technology/ransomware-attacks-cant-hide-hipaa-anymore# Dean Sittig, a clinical informatics professor […]

PHI RansomWare Just Went Up!

[By Darrell K. Pruitt DDS] Expect malware entrepreneurs to charge what the market will bear, again and again. “OCR Releases Guidance on Ransomware: ‘Your Money or Your PHI’”. By Dianne J. Bourque for The National Law Review,” July 12, 2016 http://www.natlawreview.com/article/ocr-releases-guidance-ransomware-your-money-or-your-phi Bourque: “A key component of the guidance provides a ransomware attack that encrypts a […]

LinkedIn Ads Will Now Follow You Around The Web

OVER HEARD IN THE DOCTOR’S LOUNGE [LinkedIn Ads Will Now Follow You Around The Web – Here’s How to Opt-Out]  [By D. K. Pruitt DDS] Because we can’t go anywhere online without some social network tracking our data and using it to cash in on targeted advertising, LinkedIn has created its own online ad network […]

EHRs in the News – GAG!

A Recent Round-Up [By D. Kellus Pruitt DDS] “Feds push forward with controversial health rule – The Obama administration is moving ahead with controversial new rules that require doctors to switch to electronic health records or face fees, resisting calls from both parties to delay implementation.” By Sarah Ferris for The Hill, October 6, 2015 http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/256120-feds-push-forward-with-controversial-health-it-rule?utm_content=buffer9cd4b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer […]

Is there a Migration of Patients to Paper-Based Dentists?

  Paper Medical Records Become Popular Again? [By Kellus Pruitt DDS] Starting long ago, I warned that as more dental patients are notified of data breaches – some more than once – we are likely to witness an event mandate stakeholders said would never happen: A migration of patients to paper-based dentists. Now, because of […]

Dentists for De-Identification

  A Start-Up Idea [By Darrell K. Pruitt DDS] An early, shoestring proposal for a non-profit dedicated to common sense security solutions. Why? if patients’ identities are unavailable, they cannot be hacked. Recently, I’ve considered starting a non-profit dedicated to keeping patients’ identities off of dentists’ computers where they are far too easily fumbled thousands at […]

The “Selling-Out” of a Profession [Dentistry]?

  Dentistry …? [By D. Kellus Pruitt DDS] Several years ago, a president-elect of the American Dental Association proclaimed, “The electronic health record may not be the result of changes of our choice. They are going to be mandated. No one is going to ask, ‘Do you want to do this?’ No, it’s going to […]

The Benefits of Dentistry Unhurried

And Medicine, too? [By Kellus Pruitt DDS] The hidden truth about managed care dentistry: Unhurried dentistry is generally of higher quality than hurried dentistry; anyone up to challenging this economic law? Dental Handiwork Dental care includes intricate handwork performed to exacting tolerances in sensitive mouths of nervous patients. When dentists compete on discounts (fast dentistry) […]

EHRs – AMA versus ADA

  Will Electronic Health Records Ever Be Usable? [By Darrell K. Pruitt DDS] The American Medical Association The AMA attempts to address the frustration EHRs create, especially for doctors and other healthcare workers. ‘It’s easy to use, once you know where everything is,’ the instructor said during an EHR training session I recently attended. Most […]

Is the VA Worth Saving?

  Veterans Affairs discovers off-label use for HIPAA [Whistleblower Control?] [By Darrell K. Pruitt DDS] “VA uses patient privacy to go after whistleblowers, critics say,” by Joe Davidson for The Washington Post, July 17, 2014. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/va-uses-patient-privacy-to-go-after-whistleblowers-critics-say/2014/07/17/bafa7a02-0dcb-11e4-b8e5-d0de80767fc2_story.html Davidson writes: “Citing patient privacy, managers have threatened VA employees or retaliated against those who complain about agency misconduct, […]

There’s a New HIPAA Sheriff in Town

  On OCR Director Jocelyn Samuels [By D. Kellus Pruitt DDS] When the explosions of breaches of patients’ medical identities occur – as predicted by the FBI and others – will the new OCR Director Jocelyn Samuels continue to be as sympathetic and forgiving as Leon Rodriguez has been? Or; will she take on the […]

Can Politically-Correct Names Save Obamacare?

Saving Electronic Health Record Interoperability? By D. Kellus Pruitt DDS If HHS successfully persuades Americans to use happy names for its bad ideas, will the cheap trick save electronic health record interoperability which is critical to the success of Obamacare? Healthcare Lexicon  According to the government’s modernized healthcare lexicon, doctors have been demoted to “providers,” […]

Are Dentists Satisfied with their EDRs?

Major Discontent With EHR Adoption [By D. Kellus Pruitt DDS] Unlike physicians, dentists never complain. That means they are probably 100% satisfied with their electronic dental records. What do you think, Doc? MarketWatch  Recently, the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch posted a press release titled, “Physicians Cite Major Discontent With Adoption And Use of Electronic Health […]

Pennsylvania dental patients’ stolen social security numbers posted online

  EDR Data breach in Williamsport, Pennsylvania By D. Kellus Pruitt DDS Over the last 7 years, I have absorbed a surprising amount of criticism for warning my community that electronic dental records continue to grow both more expensive and more dangerous than paper dental records. That chunk of bad news which not one dental leader […]

The PP-ACA from Medicine to Dentistry

Obamacare and Dentistry [By D. Kellus Pruitt DDS]  It seems that problems with the PP-ACA have migrated from traditional medicine to the world of dentistry. “MaineCare dentists hit with massive fines for minor clerical errors, they say – Some clinics face more than $200,000 in penalties under a new audit system that threatens to wipe […]

The RAND Corporation’s Health IT Legacy‏

  Understanding ObamaCare and HIT Data Breaches [By Darrell K. Pruitt DDS] Two current topics in the HIT industry: (1) A dishonest 2005 RAND study set up lawmakers for disappointment in electronic health records, which are essential to Obamacare, and (2) I told you so. The Reports Just the other day, there were reports of two […]