By Dr. Greg Jorgensen
Rio Rancho, NM – www.gregjorgensen.com
We live in a busy world where it is increasingly more difficult for people to get together face-to-face. Not a week goes by where the parent of a new patient says they will have to go home and discuss the proposed treatment plan with the spouse that wasn’t able to attend the initial exam. Similarly, most of us have a list of patients we need to discuss with their referring dentist or oral surgeon. Getting all of these people together used to be inconvenient and time consuming. In today’s digital world, there are tools available online that allow us to meet without being in the same room. One of these is a website called Join.Me.
Although it is not the only such service available, this one is easy and it is free. Join.Me is a product from the same people who provide a service you might be familiar with called LogMeIn. In a nutshell, Join.Me allows any person who has a computer and Internet to share his screen in real time free of charge. The LogMeIn company uses the “freemium” marketing model to sell its services. They give users their basic service for free and then offer a full-service version at a premium (or fee). Here’s how you can use Join.Me to help you meet online with parents, dentists, and specialists without leaving your office.
Open any browser on your computer and go to the website www.join.me (not www.joinme.com). Upon arriving at the site you will be greeted with two options. You can either share your screen or join someone else on their screen. If you want to share yours, select the basic service and click on the orange button in the Share panel. Your computer will quickly install a small piece of software that starts the session and a small orange control panel will appear at the top of your screen. You will be assigned a 9-digit code in that control panel that you will give to the person who will join you on your computer.
Instruct the person with whom you want to collaborate to also open www.join.me on their computer. Have them enter the 9-digit code into the box under the word Join and click the green button. Their computer will then connect with yours and they will be seeing exactly what you have on your screen. It’s that easy! You can even let them control your mouse by giving them permission in the Join.Me control panel at the top of your screen.