PracticeWorks Systems, San Francisco, now offers a software application that allows dental professionals to manage their offices and patient needs remotely from a mobile device. The PEARL module, which will initially be available for iPhone and BlackBerry users, is designed to allow dental professionals to make urgent decisions while they are out of the office. They can view and act upon real-time information related to patient and treatment details, scheduling, financials, call-backs, referring providers, and more.

Orthodontists can perform the following tasks using PEARL:
· Access patient records—including imaging exams and pharmacy records—to call in prescriptions or recommend treatment options;
· manage after-hours follow-up calls to patients, referring doctors, and staff;
· access scheduling information to add patients with an urgent need or to make other changes; and
· view graphs and data that depict the practice’s current finances while out of the office.

The PEARL module delivers secure two-way data flow. No patient information is stored on the device. According to the company, the module will be available for KODAK PRACTICEWORKS, SOFTDENT, ORTHOTRAC, and WINOMS CS Practice Management systems in the fourth quarter of 2009.

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