Ghost / phantom / invisible appointments in Dentrix 11 Appointment Book #
are caused by "Long Appointments", i.e., appointments scheduled for more than 240 minutes. Messages like Operatory is already scheduled for requested time! and Provider is already doubled scheduled for requested time. Another scheduling is not permitted. are common when trying to add appointments in an apparently available time slot. (Yes, "doubled scheduled" is in the original - should be "double scheduled" or perhaps "double booked", which would sound more natural.)
To resolve this issue, download
ftp://ftp.dentrix.com/Pub/DENTRIX/11/ac.dtx. Rename it to abconv.exe and move to C:\Program Files\Dentrix\. Before running, make sure Dentrix is closed on all stations (including the server) and that you have multiple backup copies of your data.
Running the tool should remove the ghost appointments and allow those times/operatories to be scheduled again. Check the log file (C:\Program Files\Dentrix\Doc\EXPORTS\ABConv33.log by default) for lines containing "Long Appointment" and manually adjust appointments in Appointment Book to under 240 minutes if necessary.
Sample output from ABConv33.log:
Appt Book Conversion Problem Log - 04/22/11
Error Patient Name Date Time Length Provider
Long Appointment Doe, John 01/05/2011 8:0 300 NAME
Long Appointment Doe, John 01/06/2011 8:0 300 NAME
- ftp.dentrix.com/Pub/DENTRIX/11/ also contains the CDT 2007 update installer (cdt2007update.exe) and DTX11PerfUpd.exe, which I'm told is a performance update only recommended if Dentrix is particularly sluggish.
- One of the Dentrix reps I spoke with recommended purging appointments over two years old (File > Purge Appointments...). The dialog box is a bit confusing; instead of a date range, a single date is entered, and all appointments prior to that are purged. I was told that the information still resides in Ledger and that a note is put in Office Journal, but have not tested it yet.
- As for the "Long Appointment" issue, Dentrix G4 apparently offers Events to schedule longer time blocks.
/windows | Sep 11, 2011
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