Comparison of dental practice management software

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Background information

Name Developer Release version Licensing Operating system support Development status Programming language Multi-location support Dental school version
Open Dental Dr. Jordan Sparks 5.0 GNU General Public License, Open source Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, cross platform Actively developed C# programming language, compatible with Microsoft .NET Framework and Mono project Yes - work around Yes
Denticon Planet DDS, Inc Web-based Commercial (No Software required. All you need is Internet connection and IE browser) Microsoft Windows Actively developed ASP.NET, SQL Server,MS Reporting Services Yes
Dentrix Henry Schein Practice Solutions Dentrix G4 Proprietary Commercial, closed source Microsoft Windows Actively developed C programming and C# programming languages, compatible with Microsoft .NET Framework Yes - Using Dentrix Enterprise Yes
Dental 4 Windows Centaur Software Version 10.5 Proprietary Commercial, closed source Microsoft Windows Actively developed C programming language Yes - Yes
PracticeWorks Eastman Kodak 7.0 Proprietary Commercial, closed source Microsoft Windows Actively developed Yes
SoftDent Eastman Kodak 12.0 Proprietary Commercial, closed source Microsoft Windows Actively developed
Eaglesoft Patterson Dental 13.0 Proprietary Commercial, closed source Microsoft Windows, Actively developed Yes
OdontoSoft Millennium GB Systems 7.2 Proprietary Commercial, closed source Microsoft Windows Actively developed Yes
AxiUm Exan software Proprietary Commercial, closed source Microsoft Windows Actively developed Yes Yes - 27 dental institutions in North America and Europe
ABELDent ABELSoft Corporation 10 Commercial, Microsoft Windows Actively Developed C# programming language, Microsoft .NET Framework Yes
ACE Dental Practice Management Software ACE Dental Practice Management Software 10.0 Commercial Microsoft Windows, Macintosh Actively developed Microsoft .NET Framework Yes Yes
AlphaDent Practice Management System AlphaDent  ? Commercial, server has an open architecture PCs, or DOS workstations  ? open architecture Yes
AltaPoint Dental AltaPoint Data Systems, LLC 7.0 Commercial, Microsoft Windows  ?
DAISY Dental Software Dentist Management Corporation 3.5 Proprietary Commercial, closed source Microsoft Windows, Actively developed Borland Delphi Yes
Data Team DDS Data Team DDS 5.10 Commercial, Microsoft Windows  ?
Dental Exec DSN Software, Inc.  ? Commercial Microsoft Windows,  ?
Dental Vision Discus Dental, Inc  ? Commercial, Microsoft Windows  ?
DentalMate MDC Systems & Services, Inc 10 Commercial, Microsoft Windows, Actively developed
DENTECH Dental Software Solutions DENTECH by Softech, Inc. v6.03 - windows, v9.0 - UNIX Commercial, Microsoft Windows, UNIX Actively developed Yes
DentiMax DentiMax 2008 Proprietary Commercial, closed source Microsoft Windows Actively developed Borland Delphi, Pascal
Diamond Dental Software Diamond Dental Software  ? Commercial, Microsoft Windows Actively developed
Easy Dental Henry Schein Practice Solutions Easy Dental 2009 Commercial, Microsoft Windows Actively developed| C programming language Yes
Endo-Exec DSN Software, Inc.  ? Commercial, Microsoft Windows,  ?
EndoVision Discus Dental, Inc  ? Commercial, Microsoft Windows  ?
EZ 2000 Dental Software EZ 2000 Dental Software, Inc.  ? Commercial, Microsoft Windows  ?
Genesis Dental Software Genesis Software  ? Commercial, Microsoft Windows  ?
MOGO Mogo, Inc 11.01 Commercial, Microsoft Windows, Actively developed Microsoft .NET Framework
Office Partner Office Computer Systems, Inc.  ? Commercial, Microsoft Windows Actively developed No
Oral Surgery Exec DSN Software, Inc. 11 Commercial Microsoft Windows  ? Yes
PEB for Windows Professional Economics Bureau  ? Commercial, Microsoft Windows  ?
PerfectByte PerfectByte  ? Commercial, Microsoft Windows  ?
Perio Exec DSN Software, Inc 10 Commercial, Microsoft Windows  ?
PerioVision Discus Dental, Inc.  ? Commercial, Microsoft Windows,  ?
Prime Dental Software Prime Dental Software open dental veriant Commercial, Microsoft Windows  ? Microsoft .NET Framework
Star Byte Dental Starbyte Systems, Inc.  ? Commercial, Microsoft Windows  ?
The Complete Practitioner Teleo Practice Services, Inc.  ? Commercial, Microsoft Windows  ?
Toothpics Toothpics Company 8 Commercial, Macintosh Actively developed
Windent SQL Healthsoft, Inc.  ? Commercial, Microsoft Windows Actively developed
WindentOMS Healthsoft, Inc.  ? Commercial, Microsoft Windows, Actively developed
MacPractice DDS MacPractice Inc.  ? Commercial, Mac OS X Actively developed
iDental HealthWare Corporation  ? Commercial, Mac OS X Actively developed
DentalMac MacPractice Inc.  ? Commercial, Macintosh Unmaintained
Dental Infomanager Internexsys Corporation  ? Commercial, Microsoft Windows Unmaintained
Dental.Com Frontdesk and Clinical Dental.Com bought out but Eaglesoft Commercial, Microsoft Windows Unmaintained
TDOCS The Systems Workplace, Inc. bought out but Eaglesoft Commercial Microsoft Windows Unmaintained
Name Developer Release version Licensing Operating system support Development status Programming language multi-location support Dental school version

Front desk operations

Name Multiple appointment Scheduling HIPAA compliant Medical History paperless Variable Recall intervals Customizable Operatories and providers limites Access to Online Benefit Info HL-7 Support
Open Dental Yes Yes Yes - import XML supported Yes Yes Unlimited No - planned No - planned
Denticon Yes Yes Yes with patient e-signature Yes Yes Unlimited Yes
Dentrix Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes with Dentrix Enterprise
PracticeWorks Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SoftDent Yes
Eaglesoft Yes
OdontoSoft Millennium Yes Yes Yes Yes Unlimited Yes
DentiMax Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unlimited Yes, through Trojan No
DAISY Dental Software Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unlimited Yes
ABELDent Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ACE Dental Practice Management Software Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unlimited Yes, through Emdeon No
AlphaDent Practice Management System Yes
DENTECH Dental Software Solutions Yes Yes
MOGO Yes No
Name Multiple appointment Scheduling HIPAA compliant Medical History paperless Variable Recall intervals Customizable Operatories and providers limites Access to Online Benefit Info HL-7 Support

Clinical information

  • 3D Charting - mainly an esthetic factor that shows teeth in a natural appearance
  • Rx printing / alerts - print from program
  • Images / Radiographs - indicate if program opens images or uses a bridge another program
  • Progress notes -
  • Patient education - videos, print educational panflits
  • Messaging, paging system - an intra office communication
  • Pocket PC, Palm -
Name 3D Charting Rx printing / alerts Images / Radiographs Progress notes Patient education Messaging, paging system Pocket PC, Palm
ACE Dental Practice Management Software Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Open Dental Yes - 3D for perio planned Yes - prints and alerts allergy warning storage yes, manipulation not really Yes - planned rich text No Yes No - planned
Denticon No Yes Yes - images stored in Dicom format Yes Yes Yes No - planned
Dentrix Yes Yes Yes DICOM compliant Yes Yes No planned Yes - iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Palm
PracticeWorks Yes Yes Yes Yes - 3rd Party Yes - 3rd Party Yes - Palm
SoftDent
Eaglesoft Yes Yes
OdontoSoft Millennium No Alerts Yes Yes Yes Yes
ACE Dental Practice Management Software No Yes - Palm
DentiMax No - but user-friendly charting Yes Yes Yes No No - planned No
Diamond Dental Software No Yes Yes - Pocket PC
DAISY Dental Software Yes
DentalMate No
DENTECH Dental Software Solutions Yes
MOGO No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Office Partner Yes
PEB for Windows Yes Yes Yes
PerfectByte No Yes
Perio Exec Yes
Prime Dental Software Yes
Star Byte Dental Yes
The Complete Practitioner No
Toothpics No
Windent SQL Yes
WindentOMS Yes
ABELDent Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes -Android, iPhone coming
Easy Dental Yes Yes Yes - Palm
Office Partner No No Yes No No Yes Palm
Name 3D Charting Rx printing / alerts Images / Radiographs Progress notes Patient education Messaging, paging system Pocket PC, Palm

Manage information

  • e-claims - freedom to choose clearinghouse if limited list clearinghouse
  • Accounting module - the importance of finances is very important to any business and should follow GAAP
  • OFX - allows for communication with financial institutions.
  • Time Cards - Payroll - Human resource management systems
  • Import, Export - please list supported formates
  • Data base - the type of data base may affect the operations of the program
  • Third party access to database - the use of ODBC driver to allow full access
  • Credit Card Processing - Point of sale
  • Inventory / place orders
Name e-claims - freedom to choose clearinghouse Accounting module OFX Time Cards - Payroll Import, Export Data base Third party access to database Credit Card Processing Inventory / place orders
Open Dental Yes - any clearinghouse and direct uses X-12 format Yes - basic No - planned Yes import XML or scanned, export to text or xls, PDF MySQL, Oracle Yes - full access Yes - X-Charge No - planned
Denticon Yes import for fee schedulesXLS or scanned, export to xls or PDF MS SQL Server Yes Yes No - planned
Dentrix Yes Yes No Yes Yes - export tab delimited data C-tree database, Enterprise version uses a SQL database Yes - no restrictions to prevent access to database Yes Yes
PracticeWorks Yes Yes Yes Yes Pervasive SQL Yes
SoftDent C-tree
Eaglesoft No
OdontoSoft Millennium Yes export to several formats Yes - full access Yes
ABELDent No Microsoft Access or SQL database No - planned
DENTECH Dental Software Solutions Yes
DentiMax Yes Yes - AR only No No Yes DBISAM, Client/Server, SQL - Open database Yes - full No No
MOGO Yes Microsoft SQL Server
PEB for Windows Yes Yes
PerfectByte Yes
Prime Dental Software MySQL
MacPractice DDS MySQL
Easy Dental Yes Yes No Yes - Time Clock C-tree database, Enterprise version uses a SQL database, Oracle No - database proprietary format Yes
Office Partner No - WebMD clearinghouse
Name e-claims - freedom to choose clearinghouse Accounting module OFX Time Cards - Payroll Import, Export Data base Third party access to database Credit Card Processing Inventory / place orders

Other aspects

  • Email - able to send email from program
  • Lab case tracking - track progress
  • Referral tracking in and out -
  • languages supported -
  • Patient payment plan - setup and tracking
  • Medical claims processing - able to send to medical insurance claims
  • Cost -
  • Trial version available - download or CD
  • Custom Report Writer -
Name Email Lab case tracking Referral tracking in and out languages supported Patient payment plan Medical claims processing Cost Trial version available Custom Report Writer
Open Dental Yes - SMTP Yes Yes Any language is supported English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French Yes Yes $139/month after year $99/month

6mo. commitment

Yes - download
Denticon Yes Yes Yes English Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dentrix Yes Yes Yes English Yes Yes Yes Dentrix Learning Edition
PracticeWorks Yes Yes Yes English Yes Yes - CD Yes
SoftDent English
Eaglesoft Yes English
OdontoSoft Millennium Yes Spanish and English Yes Single-user: $650 / Multi-user: starting at $880 Yes
ABELDent Yes Yes Yes English Yes Yes Yes Yes
ACE Dental Practice Management Software $1995 Yes
AlphaDent Practice Management System No Yes English start $9995 Yes - Demo Disks Yes - 200 plus pre-made reports
AltaPoint Dental No Yes English $299 Yes
DentiMax Yes Yes Yes English, All languages - in development. Yes Yes From $499 Yes Yes
MOGO Yes Yes Yes English Yes demo CD
Easy Dental English $2,495 Yes demo CD
Office Partner Yes English $4,500 No
Name Email Lab case tracking Referral tracking in and out languages supported Patient payment plan Medical claims processing Cost Trial version available Custom Report Writer

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