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Florida Probe Integration

December 5th, 2007 · No Comments

I am often asked about using the Florida Probe (My favorite high tech diagnostic!) with various practice management systems. See below for an update on Florida Probe links. By the way the way I do not try and import the Florida Probe data to Dentrix. I use a to bridge from Dentrix to Florida Probe as I feel the Florida Probe charts are nicer than the Dentrix perio chart.

There are approximately 37 different Practice Management Software that offer links to the Florida Probe System.
We are in the process of completing a Link to many others. If you do no see your software company listed contact us by Email for additional information or feel free to contact your Practice management software company directly. If a link does not exist we will be happy to contact them on your behalf and start the linking process.
There is no charge by Florida Probe for this service and we hope to have a link (aka “bridge”) to all dental software products on the market.
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Tags: Diagnostics · Software

Dentrix is Vista Compatible

December 4th, 2007 · No Comments

As a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner, the Henry Schein Practice Solutions (HSPS) team has been working closely with Microsoft to develop Vista-compatible versions of our practice management and add-on software products.
Currently the Microsoft Windows XP Professional operating system is the preferred and recommended client platform for HSPS’s software applications. Although HSPS has released a Vista-compatible version of our software, you (our customer) need to know that upgrading or adding Windows Vista computers to your network requires a significant time investment on your part.
Dentrix Dental Systems [1].


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Tags: Software

Paperless Digital Charting

November 26th, 2007 · No Comments

Good charting software has many features. One of the most important is that is eliminates all paper. That means the software must accommodate all the bits of paper data we stuff in a chart and it must have a method of importing virtually anything either with a scanner or file import function. If some bit of paper possibly a lab slip or patient letter must be stored in a folder then you have lost one of the primary benefits of an electronic chart.
Another important feature is full integration. That means that each item is entered one time and then transfers to where ever else it is needed electronically. For example a procedure will progress from diagnosis to charting to treatment planning to scheduling to treatment to insurance to payment. This is called single entry. If the user has to re-enter information such as procedure codes, tooth numbers or fees at any stage then the software is not fully integrated.
Good charting software must accommodate all the information we used to record on paper. That includes existing restorations, conditions, diagnostic findings, treatment plans, periodontal probings and tissue conditions, tooth surfaces, materials and procedure notes.
Charting software must be easy to use. Every mouse click or keystroke slows down the process and makes the program harder to use, which means it doesn’t get used. The more the user can customize the chart the easier it is to use. That means the user can create shortcuts, eliminate features they don’t use and designate functions for each button.
Data entry needs to be fast and easy. The standard is still mouse clicks and keystrokes however faster more intuitive entry methods are available. Like voice; we’d all like to talk to our computer just like Star Trek. Some charting programs allow users to speak in clinical findings like pocket depths, tooth conditions and restorations. Another alternative entry is touch, instead of clicking a mouse the user touches the screen. Another option available on Tablet PCs is “Ink” a special function that allows users to write or draw on the chart just as if it was a piece of paper.

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Tags: Paperless Office · Software

The Vista Death Watch – Columns by PC Magazine

November 17th, 2007 · No Comments

More reasons to beware of Vista. I just ordered a new computer for my consult room and specified XP Pro.

Microsoft has extended the life of Windows XP because Vista has simply not shown any life in the market. We have to begin to ask ourselves if we are really looking at Windows Me/2007, destined to be a disdained flop. By all estimates the number of Vista installations hovers around the number of Macs in use.How did this happen? And what’s going to happen next? Does Microsoft have a Plan B? A number of possibilities come to mind, and these things must be considered by the company itself.
The Vista Death Watch – Columns by PC Magazine [1].


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Tags: Administrative · Software

Susan Gunn Reccomends QB 2008

November 14th, 2007 · No Comments

2008 QuickBooks has arrived!
The new 2008 QuickBooks software release is now here. And so is the 2008 Getting The Most Out Of QuickBooks In Your Practice. I recently previewed the 2008 QuickBooks. For a professional practice the changes were very minimal. However, if you are currently using QuickBooks 2006, it is still time for you to upgrade, due to operating system changes
Susan Gunn Solutions [1].


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Tags: Administrative · Software


November 13th, 2007 · No Comments

GUI (pronounced GOO-ee) Graphical User InterfaceA computer interface that uses graphics to make programs easier to use. The two best known Graphical User Interfaces are Microsoft Windows and the one used by the Apple Macintosh. They feature the following basic components:
Pointer : A symbol that appears on the display screen and that you move to select objects and commands. Usually, the pointer appears as a small angled arrow. Text -processing applications, however, use an I-beam pointer that is shaped like a capital I. Pointing Device : A device, such as a mouse or trackball that enables you to select objects on the display screen. Icons : Small pictures that represent commands, files, or windows. By moving the pointer to the icon and pressing a mouse button, you can execute a command or convert the icon into a window. You can also move the icons around the display screen as if they were real objects on your desk. Desktop : The area on the display screen where icons are grouped is often referred to as the desktop because the icons are intended to represent real objects on a real desktop. Windows: You can divide the screen into different areas. In each window, you can run a different program or display a different file. You can move windows around the display screen, and change their shape and size at will. Menus : Most graphical user interfaces let you execute commands by selecting a choice from a menu.

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Tags: Just for Fun · Software