I have long been an advocate for open practice management systems that encourage the development and integration of various third party applications to enhance our use of technology. For various reasons the major Practice Management System providers have for the most part resisted this. With Dentrix G5 they have taken a huge first step in allowing third party developers to integrate directly with the main product. The following is copied from a Henry Schein release.
Dentrix® G5, a new version of the Dentrix practice management system. Dentrix G5 includes new features, the largest of which is a new database architecture which not only improves performance, but also allows Dentrix to become an “open platform” for enabling other dental applications and technology to link directly into Dentrix.
“Just like the Apple iPhone is a platform for thousands of iPhone applications, Dentrix G5 is now a platform for Dentrix-integrated applications,” said Kevin Bunker, President, Henry Schein Practice Solutions. “Dentists will be able to use Dentrix G5-connected versions of their favorite applications that will access the database or become a new feature of Dentrix.”
“Dentrix G5 will further enhance practice efficiency by enabling a multitude of integrated applications to share data and functionality with Dentrix, effectively creating one digital office solution,” said Steve Roberts, Director of Product Strategy at Henry Schein Practice Solutions.
The move to make Dentrix G5 an open platform for third-party applications was made possible by its new SQL database with encryption that improves performance while adding advanced security to patient data.
To support the many developers writing for the Dentrix platform, Henry Schein launched the Dentrix Developer Program, which provides software developers with tools and a certification program for developing applications that work with Dentrix G5. “More than 37 developers are now writing Dentrix-compatible applications that read from and, in some cases, write data directly to the Dentrix database,” Roberts added. “We also have dozens more who are in the process of joining the Dentrix Developer Program. This means dentists will soon see a multitude of Dentrix-integrated applications that improve their use of Dentrix and build out their digital dental office.”
Once developers certify their Dentrix application in the developer program, they can add a new “Dentrix G5 Connected” logo on their marketing materials, said Michael Allsop, Director of Marketing for Henry Schein Practice Solutions. “The Dentrix G5 Connected logo helps Dentrix users easily identify applications designed for their system, and they can purchase with confidence knowing that the G5 Connected product will not only work with G5, but also with subsequent upgrades to Dentrix.” All Dentrix G5 Connected applications will also be showcased on the Dentrix.com website, Allsop added.