12-08-2011  / Hi Tech  /

Send Your Photos Home Before You Leave Your Clinic

This post was written by Dr. Mahmoud H. Al-Johani

No doubt digital photos are prone to loss for many reasons, that is why we keep many copies in different places just to be in the safe side if things went wrong to our memory cards, external hard disks or USBs flash memory… etc. The worst scenario happens when you are not ready and have no back-ups! It did happen to many of us and we wished that we were backing up those valuable dental photos, as loss at that time was painful.

As part of our dental practice we take digital photos using fancy DSLR Cameras and store our shots in Computers, External HDs, CDs and so on, but that does not keep them immune against loss! So, what is the solution you may wonder? To make the story short, I will list my tools then explain how to get them into work, which will provide us with a great way to protect our shots.

My Tools are:

  • DSLR Camera (e.g. Nikon D7000)
  • SD card
  • iPad2 Or iPad
  • iPad Camera Connection Kit
  • Internet Access (unlimited access is preferred)
  • Dropbox subscription (50GB plan is preferred)

Steps:

  • After taking dental photos, remove the SD Card from the camera, insert it into the Camera Kit adapter
  • Connect iPad Camera Connection Kit SD Card reader to the iPad which will automatically upload those photos into Photo app.
  • Create Album for each patient, then move uploaded photos into their belonging albums
  • Open Dropbox app, use upload function to upload your photos into their folders.
  • Your uploaded photos are now synced among all of your computers.

By completing above steps, all of your uploaded photos are synced with all devices that have Dropbox app installed. So, if you have a home computer which is connected to the internet, the minute you upload your photos in the clinic the minute those photos are automatically downloaded to your home computer (synchronization). So, when you go back home opening your Dropbox folder your photos are waiting for you!

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  • Nfelemban

    am just wondering about patients rights and privacy inside this technology stream ?!?

    • Anonymous

      Dear Dr.
      As long as you’re using a secure network then you’re ok. As per Dropbox security kindly check the link: http://www.dropbox.com/help/27

      As per patients rights, patients should approve the take of photos. And as per storing their photos into the cloud (streaming) or in a Hard disk then it’s a matter of technology advancement that should not violate their privacy as long as security is guaranteed.

      Best wishes.

  • Nfelemban

    am just wondering about patients rights and privacy inside this technology stream ?!?

    • Anonymous

      Dear Dr.
      As long as you’re using a secure network then you’re ok. As per Dropbox security kindly check the link: http://www.dropbox.com/help/27

      As per patients rights, patients should approve the take of photos. And as per storing their photos into the cloud (streaming) or in a Hard disk then it’s a matter of technology advancement that should not violate their privacy as long as security is guaranteed.

      Best wishes.

  • Mosaab Hawsawi

    I’ve been using Dropbox for this purpose earlier this year,
    And I can say it is “send your photos home while you’re going there”

    Many thanks

    • Anonymous

      Indeed it is .. 
      Thank you for your comment Dr. Mosaab.

      ~ SaudiDent.com