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Medicare EasyClaims through HICAPS and TYRO in Praktika

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Praktika is now fully certified with HICAPS and we are now providing Medicare EasyClaims through Praktika via HICAPS terminals. We provide the same functionality with TYRO Terminals as well.

Praktika Newsletter August 2015

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Praktika Automated Appointment Reminders

This one has been one of the most sought features – an ability to automatically send and receive SMS reminders.
Located in Management -> Practice Details -> Appointment Auto Reminders 
this feature allows you to set up to 3 consecutive SMS reminders to be sent fully automatically.
You can choose a time period when a message is to be sent (ranging from minutes to months) and setup different templates for different messages. You can even force sending the message to those who prefer not to be contacted by SMS.
The messages scheduled for delivery several days, weeks or months before the appointment can all be sent together at a particular time of the day (e.g. at 10.00 am).

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Restorative Charting

Praktika Restorative Charting Updates
The new colour scheme tackles the issues of distinguishing between the existing conditions and existing treatment, as well as between the proposed and accepted treatment.As part of the complete overhaul of the Restorative Charting, a new colour scheme has been introduced.
The new colour scheme is as follows:
  1. Grey” for conditions like caries, cracks, chips, etc (has not changed)
  2. Blue” for existing treatment had done elsewhere (man-made conditions) like implants, fillings, bridges, crowns, etc. (new)
  3. Orange” for Proposed treatment  (new)
  4. Red” for Accepted treatment  (has not changed)
  5. Green” for completed treatment. (has not changed)
Grey and Blue used to be the same – Grey.
Orange and Red used to be the same – Red.
This is the first step to a fully customisable colour scheme to be released soon. The new scheme will allow to keep the colours exactly as they were or introduce your own colour scheme.
The new colour scheme will allow colour differences between different material fillings or crowns, inlays/onlays vs regular fillings, etc.


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Posts in Charting
Charting of posts was added to the Restorative Charting. They can be set as an existing treatment or as proposed/accepted/completed treatment.Posts in charting

New Surface Selection Shortcuts
In addition to the standard shortcuts: “m“, “d”, “i”, “o”, “l” a new set of keyboard shortcuts added:

for MO, OD, MOD  
“z” – left side (2 surfaces),
“c” – right side (2 surfaces) , 
“x” – MOD (3 surfaces),
“a” – ALL (5 surfaces)



Feature Article

Infection Control with Praktika
There has been a lot of attention recently to the Infection control and we heard that some practices were penalised because of some deficiencies in this area. Luckily they were not Praktika’s customers. We have quickly upgraded our infection control utilities to provide a comprehensive tracking solution.
Autoclave tracking has the following tasks (stages)
1. Sterilise instruments 
2. Link sterilised instruments to Autoclave cycles 
3. Link sterilised instruments to a Patient Appointment 
4. Find all the Autoclave cycles (and instruments) related to the Patient and Appointments.
Some autoclaves have built-in printers that are capable to produce barcode stickers upon the completion of cycles. Some autoclaves have external label printers that can be connected to print the barcode stickers. Generally, such printers are rather costly and the labels they produce may not have all the information necessary for quick tracking.
Praktika offers a solution for cases when there is no autoclave barcode printer or the label is wanted to contain more information (customised label content).


Label Printer
Price around $130.00DYMO LabelWriter 450 Turbo.

It is by far the most common label writer on the market today. It can be bought in virtually any office supply store (like Office Works, etc.). We bought ours online and labels, too.

Works on Macs and on Windows PC.

You will also need
–     89 x 36 mm self-adhesive labels in a roll. White SD99012 or Transparent SD99013 for standard barcode labels       OR/AND
–     101 x 54 mm  self-adhesive labels in a roll. White SD99014 for extended QR barcode labels.



1D Barcode Reader
ScanQuick Handheld USB Barcode Scanner.   

Price around $50.00
It can be used to scan Standard 89 x 36 mm labels with Code 128 barcode.
We have been using this scanner that we bought on Ebay from an Australian reseller.
It seems to be a quick, reliable device. We have had it for over 3 years and it has never failed us. However,  it is only capable of reading 1D barcodes like Code 39, Code 128, EAN, etc. 
It cannot read 2D barcodes like QR.

Handheld/Stationery USB Barcode Scanner – Honeywell 1400G 2D

2D Barcode Reader
Price around $180.00

You will need this to scan Praktika’s extended barcode labels because they are using QR barcodes (2D type).
This is a more advanced and professional device with extra capabilities. It can work as a hand held scanner (scan with a button press) or it can work automatically when positioned on a supplied stand (support). It can read 1D and 2D barcodes and it can read them in any orientation (sideways, upside down, on an angle). You can buy it in any Point of Sale (POS) company. We bought ours at  There are other sites like POS Central or HotPOS Australia. Shop for the better price.
Other scanners may also work. You just need to make sure they are capable of reading Code 39 Extended, Code 128 Extended and QR barcode types.


Label Generation
Go to Praktika’s Management Module and click on Utilities. There are 2 utilities there for generating labels: the 1st one for the Standard Label (Code 128), the second one is for the Extended Label (QR). 
The Honeywell 1400G scanner can read both labels, while the ScanQuick can read only the Standard Label.
1D Standard Label
The Standard Label  (89 x 36 mm) 
Code 128
Click on the “Generate Dymo Autoclave Label” button.
Fill in the necessary details. The only compulsory field is the Cycle ID (Number). All the other fields are optional as they can be traced and obtained in the autoclave log by the Cycle ID. Specify how many labels (copies) you need to print. Each copy will have its number in the bottom right corner. It is a common practice to produce 2 labels: one goes on the pack of the instruments, the other goes to the Steri Log Book for todays date.
Please mind that due to the nature of Code 128 (max 40 characters) the Cycle Type is limited to 4 characters and Cycle Id to 8 Characters. If you need more characters please use the Extended Label as it has no such limits.
This is the produced Standard Label



Praktika’s code is also human readable. You can see the date, time, cycle type and cycle ID embedded in the code.
2D Extended Label
The Extended Label (101 x 54 mm) 
Click on the “Generate Dymo Autoclave Label QR” button.
Fill in the necessary details. The only compulsory field is the Cycle ID (Number). All the other fields are optional as they can be traced and obtained in the autoclave log by the Cycle ID. Specify how many labels (copies) you need to print. Each copy will have its number in the bottom right corner. It is a common practice to produce 2 labels: one goes on the pack of the instruments, the other goes to the Steri Log Book for todays date.
You can also add the instruments you have been sterilising. You can manage your standard kits in  Management -> Practice Details -> Sterilisation Kits
This is the produced Extended Label
This label is using QR code and it can be read by scanners that support 2D barcodes. It has a lot more human readable information as there is a lot more data that the 2D codes can record.
Sterilisation Kits Management
You can also add the instruments you have been sterilising. You can manage your standard kits in  Management -> Practice Details -> Sterilisation Kits 
Recording the Autoclave data to Patients files
 1. Open an Appointment
  1. Click on “Autoclave Tracking” button at the bottom
  1. Scan your label using your Barcode Scanner

All the scanned Autoclaves labels for a particular patient can be looked up at the Autoclave History in the Patient file. We will also soon add a facility to find the labels by the Autoclave Cycle ID, the Sterilisation Date or Appointment Date.


Other New Features.

  1. Upon a change of fees in a Fee Schedule now there is an option of updating all incomplete item fees.
  2. There is a new Fee Schedule type – ADA with Subcategories that provides for step-down fees.
  3. You can now copy the fees from one Fee Schedule into another by drag–and-drop of their buttons on each other. For example, if you need to create a step-down version of your existing fee schedule, create a new blank step-down fee schedule and then drag-and-sdrop your existing Fee Schedule onto the new one.
  4. Accounts Receivable, Balance Ageing and Birthday Reports can now print/email/sms documents(reminders) from the report. 
  5. A few other reports received upgrades: new columns, new data, provider selection, etc.
  6. Incomplete appointments can now reassign the provider from a drop-down control (like the completed appointments had)
  7. New Macros placeholders introduced: next/last appointment date, total amount owing, etc.







Praktika Newsletter July 2015

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
Intraoral Camera Interface Updated 
Praktika can work with Intraoral cameras in two ways: via a TWAIN driver (for those cameras that support TWAIN and have such drivers) or via a video stream. Some cameras have both functionalities and can work in Praktika through both methods. Drivers are generally platform dependent. It means that there has to be a TWAIN driver for the Windows platform and/or Mac platform. Very few cameras have Mac drivers. Video stream is normally platform independent as it does not require specific drivers. Those cameras may work both in Windows and Mac.
The video stream interface can be called from the “Video Stream Capture” button in the Scan window.

The camera can be operated from the screen (mouse), keyboard (shortcuts), foot pedal (see below for the options).  The utility supports camera resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 px (Super HD).
It produces an array of snapshots that can be saved all at once or individually. The interface has the adjustments controls for the camera: brightness, contrast, saturation and white balance.
Keyboard shortcuts:
“c” – camera on/off
“m” – make a snapshot
“v” – view snapshots (scroll backwards)
“s” – save current snapshot
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Pedals For Intraoral Cameras.
1 Button USB Pedal
Basic USB pedal, reprogrammed to work with Praktika’s interface.
As it only has 1 button, it I can be used to make snapshots only (“m” keyboard event).
This one is a no-brand device without a manufacturers guarantee. Made in China.
Price: $25.00


4 Button Philips Pedal
Advanced USB pedal, reprogrammed to work with Praktika’s interface.
The 4 buttons allow users to start/stop camera (“c”), make snapshot (“m”), view snapshots (“v”), save current snapshot (“s”).
It is a solid pedal designed to perform millions of presses. Made in Europe.

 Price: $250.00
You can buy pedals yourself from elsewhere or buy them from Praktika. But in both cases we need to reprogram the device. (It can be done remotely).
Mac/Windows Camera
Intraoral CameraWe have an intraoral camera we are trying to develop together with a Taiwanese manufacturer. It is a moderately priced high-resolution camera that works both on Mac and PC and does not require specific drivers.

6 LED, Resolution: 1600×1200 px.
Price: $300.00
We do not have them in stock yet, but we can order them from the manufacturer. Currently takes 2-3 weeks to arrive.
New Features In Imaging


TWAIN Transfer Mode selector

Some scanners may require a change of the image transfer mode to support multiple image scanning.
The selector is in the Scan window TWAIN Transfer Mode selector

and it has 3 options:  default (suitable for the majority of scanners), single and multi.  It can also be set permanently in
Management -> Practice Details -> General: “Twain Default Transfer Mode”



Default Scanner Selection
You can now select your default scanner in Management -> Practice Details -> General: “Preferred scanner name”.
Please type in the name of the scanner exactly as it appears in the Scanner Selector dropbox.

Scanned Docs Default Format
You can also now choose the file format to save your scanned document in by default. Management -> Practice Details -> General: “Scanned Documents default format”.


Autoclave Barcode Utility
Barcode Generator
We have released a new section in Management named “Utilities”. The first utility placed in the section is the Barcode Generator for Autoclaves.

It is designed to work with Dymo LabelWriter 450 (Turbo) and it can generate adhesive autoclave labels that can be scanned into a patient file for tracking purposes. We utilise Code 128 Extended barcode.
It is a good utilities for those autoclaves that do not have a built-in or attached label printer.
Dymo printer can be purchased from most office suppliers at around $130.00 mark.



Praktika Barcode Label Anatomy
We are recommending 89×36 mm opaque or transparent self-adhesive labels (SD99012 or SD99013).
 You may insert the clinic name, autoclave name, cycle date, cycle time, cycle type, cycle number (required), operator and expiry date.
 The code can be scanned in by Barcode scanners. It is also human readable as it contains the encoded info in text form as well.

You can print any number of copies at one time. The copy number is shown in the bottom right corner.








Praktika Dental app for iPad v 1.5.1 released

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

We have released new version of Praktika Dental app for iPad, version 1.5.1

Praktika DentalThe updated version of Prakika Dental for iPad is available at the Apple App Store as of today. The most significant change is the introduction of the Imaging Section to Patient Files.

It allows to quickly browse the Patient’s X-Rays,

filter them by the date of creation, view them in
the required zoom level and also enhance the
view by using the adjustment sliders.
The interface is gesture driven and it behaves  similarly to other image viewing applications
on iPad. Pinch, tap or swipe do what you should
expect them to do. The feature significantly simplifies and speeds up working with patients’
images through the improved visibility and provision of quick ways to manipulate the images.
It can be used both clinically and for the patients education.