From my January Inscriptions article:
Imagine a world in which if you owned a Ford you could only fill up at a Ford gas station with Ford gas. Toyota gas won’t work. You can only drive in the Ford lane and take the Ford off ramp. If the Ford off ramp is closed for repairs you can’t take the Chevy or Honda off ramp. That whole scenario is ridiculous but it is essentially what happens when we use proprietary dental systems.
Dentistry suffers from an almost universal lack of interoperability. Interoperability is the ability of different systems from different manufacturers to work together and share data. The opposite of interoperability is proprietary. Proprietary systems are closed.