Dentrix G7 is coming soon in spring 2018. You may have already heard about this latest version through an invitation to attend a sneak peek seminar on January 23. If not, click here to see the recorded webinar. You can also get your own sneak peek by visiting the Henry Schein Practice Solutions booth #3218 at the upcoming Chicago Mid-Winter Dental Meeting.
With Dentrix G7, you will see additional features and enhancements that reflect your feedback through User Voice. We will also be introducing new innovations in imaging and other aspects of delivering great patient care. Here’s a quick run-down of some of the new features that are coming in G7.
Have you ever dreamed of a single module to manage allergies, conditions, and medications that didn’t limit you to 64 discrete definition types and could pop-up in different areas of the application depending on severity? How about having it tightly integrated with patient questionnaires so that responses on the questionnaire would flow into this module without manual entry? Even more, what about a place to capture the patient’s emergency contact and primary care physician’s information?
Great news! All of this will be coming in phases in 2018 as part of our new Health History Module. In addition to these amazing updates, you will have the ability to show the date items were reported to the office, when they first surfaced for the patient and, if applicable, when they are no longer active (e.g. pregnancy). Each patient’s medication information will show those prescribed by your office, as well as give a place to list medications that have been prescribed to your patients by others.
We have greatly enjoyed our partnership and integration capabilities with DEXIS. However, the market has evolved with respect to distribution agreements for the various imaging vendors. With that in mind, we will soon be expanding Dentrix imaging integration with other vendors and tools into the Dentrix Patient Chart. In addition, we will offer enhanced integration capabilities that go beyond what is available today. Stay tuned for more on these exciting imaging enhancements.
You may already know about the new payment system, Dentrix Pay, which was released with Dentrix G6.6. In Dentrix G7, we have added the ability to link a saved credit card to a payment agreement. You can then charge saved credit cards directly from Payment Agreement Manager.
In the Winter 2014 Dentrix Magazine, I discussed multi-layered security practices. As part of that article, I discussed one important first line of defense that should be coupled with all other industry standard and best practice security requirements – passwords. As such, in Dentrix G7, coming in 2018, it will now be required to use passwords in Dentrix and those passwords will employ today’s standards for complexity and expiration.
In anticipation of that release, please start today by ensuring your passwords are enabled and that all users have appropriate access to the various areas of Dentrix. You can also start using the appropriate complexity requirements for that upcoming release now. Those requirements will be a minimum of eight characters with at least one upper and lowercase alpha character, at least one numeric character, and at least 1 special character (e.g. #@$*); or passwords with a 12 character minimum. Again, this should not be the only line of defense. We highly recommend that you work with both computer and security policy experts to implement safeguards based on industry standards and best practices.
Operating System Requirements
In the Spring 2017 Dentrix Magazine, I discussed changes to Microsoft operating system requirements with Dentrix, including the use of our eServices. I stated that we will no longer be able to process transactions that come from any unsupported Microsoft operating systems. The reason is that these operating systems cannot send data using the latest transport layer security (TLS) version of 1.2 or higher but instead submit using older, outdated methods.
Many of our eServices have officially been moved over to use the latest transport layer security (TLS) version of 1.2. What is important to note is that as of Dentrix G6.5 (released Q4 2017), only the following operating systems are supported with Dentrix:
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2012 Standard/Datacenter (R1/R2)
Windows Server 2008 Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter (R2 SP1)
Windows 8.1 Professional/Enterprise
Windows 7 Professional/Enterprise/Ultimate (SP1)
I am very excited about the future as we continue to partner together to continuously improve upon the great foundation of Dentrix. If you have any questions or would like to suggest areas of improvement in the product, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.