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Tablet

Tablet devices can be used in Open Dental in numerous ways. The features available for a device vary. Use the table below to determine the best device for your practice.

Device Features Notes
Windows Device

Windows tablets can be used with the full version of Open Dental. This includes:

  • Kiosk
    • Patient Forms
    • Medical Histories
    • Consent Forms

  • Launching Open Dental can assist with:
    • Presenting Treatment Plans
    • Charting
  • Tablets must run a full versions of windows.
  • Cannot run Windows 8 RT.
  • Must have a resolution of at least 1280x768.

Before using a Windows Tablet as a Kiosk device, consider the following issues.

  • Screen size and configuration. On Window 8 Surface Pro tablets, the kiosk doesn't take up the whole screen. The writing can appear very small to patients and the orientation can also be shifted by movement of the tablet.
  • Tablets need to be in tablet mode for the touch keyboard to automatically popup when using the kiosk.
  • Tablets are very portable and can easily be lost or misplaced in a reception area setting.
Android Device

Android Devices (both tablets and phones) can be used with Open Dental in the following ways:

  • Mobile Web
    • View appointments by operatory and view appointment details.
    • Create, edit, move, or delete appointments.
    • Access patient contact information, appointments, allergies, and prescriptions.
    • Call or email patients.
    • View pharmacy contact information.

  • eClipboard
    • Patient Check-In
    • Patient Forms
    • Medical Histories
    • Consent Forms
    • Patient Picture (Selfie feature)

  • The Open Dental program cannot run on this device.
  • Mobile Web proportions may look odd on a tablet due to the large screen.

iOS Device

iOS Devices (both ipads and iphones) can be used with Open Dental in the following ways:

  • Mobile Web
    • View appointments by operatory and view appointment details.
    • Create, edit, move, or delete appointments.
    • Access patient contact information, appointments, allergies, and prescriptions.
    • Call or email patients.
    • View pharmacy contact information.

  • eClipboard
    • Patient Check-In
    • Patient Forms
    • Medical Histories
    • Consent Forms
    • Patient Picture (Selfie feature)

  • The Open Dental program cannot run on this device.
  • Mobile Web proportions may look odd on an iPad due to the large screen.
  • eClipboard app requires a 64bit capable device running iOS 8.0 or later.

We have not had any reports of any tablets working better or worse than any other. In general we recommend trying one before buying others. If you would like to share your experience with a particular tablet, please let us know.

See Wireless for ideas regarding security when using a tablet device.

Remote Software

There are software products available for remote connection to one of your office computers over an iPad or Android. The Remote Access page covers some of these products, but there are others.

Coming Soon

The following features are in development for future versions:

  • The ability to present Treatment Plans is coming to eClipboard.
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