FAQ - Data Conversions

Wondering about converting your valuable data?

Here are the most common questions that practices want us to answer.

Do you do electronic data conversion?

Yes. ABEL Dental Software Inc. has provided data conversion for thousands of North American dentists. Our data conversion is one of the reasons why many of our customers report that the transition to ABELDent was faster and easier than they expected.

ABEL Dental Software Inc. has acquired or developed a large library of software and hardware tools to help us convert data from other dental software packages. Our technical specialists have performed electronic data conversions from all of the following systems:

Autopia Dr. Dean's Software Mercedes Dentrack
BRS-DOM Eaglesoft Norburn
CDSPI Easy Dental OneClaim Plus
CUML Exan Orthocom
Ctrl Focus Personatech
Cusp Genie Practice Made Perfect
DDS - Smile Gold Practimax
Dental-1 Intellident Safeguard
Dental Mac Joey Softdent
Dentalware LiveDDM Tracker
Dentrix Logic Tech Three Star
Dialog Lytec Windent (Winmax)
DIS Mardan Windent (Exan)
DMS Maxident Zadall
Domtrak Medipoint

Do you recommend electronic data conversion?

Yes. The records stored in your current practice management system are extremely valuable, and we know that you don't want to have to recreate them. Electronic data conversion saves you time and frees you from the labor-intensive and repetitive job of data entry.

Are there cases where you do not recommend data conversion?

Some vendors advise against converting your data electronically by telling you that you will be better off starting fresh with "clean" data. We think this is because data conversion is very challenging work and they would rather not do it.

Of the thousands of conversions that we have evaluated, there were only a few cases where we thought the practice would benefit from starting over. In many cases, we can identify and leave out inactive patients or other problematic data.

How much data can you convert electronically?

There are several factors that influence how much data can be converted electronically. The differences from one software to another can lead to data that doesn't map accurately into ABELDent. Some systems are based on ancient, obscure or proprietary technology that is difficult or impossible to extract data from. Some vendors purposely encrypt or otherwise obscure data to make it difficult for their clients to move their data to another system.

For the reasons above, how much data can successfully be converted differs from system to system. Our minimum objective is to convert the data that will help you get started with ABELDent quickly. Although what can be converted varies slightly from system to system we can usually convert the following:

  • Patient Demographics (Names, Addresses, Phone Numbers, etc.)
  • Patient Appointments
  • Insurance Information (Carrier and Plan Information)
  • Procedural History
  • Opening Balances

How do I find out how much of my data you can convert?

To determine how much of your data we can convert, you can send us a recent backup and we will do a free Data Conversion Evaluation. For your own security, we recommend that you ship your backup by courier. Send it to:

Competitive Data Conversion Department
ABEL Dental Software Inc.
1207 Delaware Ave, Suite 435
Buffalo, NY 14209-1458

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