MELVILLE, N.Y., March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the largest provider of health care products and services to dental, medical and animal health office-based practitioners, today announced the launch of 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.
Other new features in Dentrix G5 include the Electronic Explanation of Benefits (eEOB), which allows practices to receive, review and automatically record insurance payments and adjustments for claims submitted electronically using the Dentrix eClaims software. Insurance claims are now validated pre-submission and the User is prompted to include attachments on insurance claims for carriers that require them through eClaims Attachment Notifications, thereby reducing rejected or pended claims. The new Screen Capture utility allows users to drag over any part of the visible screen to create a new document and save it to the Document Center, a particularly helpful feature for creating claims attachments from third-party imaging systems. Dentrix Dentalink provides secure instant messaging, enabling users to easily communicate throughout the office with minimal disruption to patient care and workflow.
The new Dentrix Mobile upgrade is an add-on product that presents an improved interface designed specifically for Apple iPad™ and Motorola Xoom™ tablet users.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the NASDAQ 100® Index, Henry Schein employs nearly 15,000 Team Schein Members and serves approximately 775,000 customers.
The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 90,000 national and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 100,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 25 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $8.5 billion in 2011, and have grown at a compound annual rate of 18% since becoming a public company in 1995. For more information, visit the Henry Schein Web site at www.henryschein.com.
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