Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hiding Social Security Numbers

With identify theft on the rise, many people are nervous about where their Social Security number might show up. Did you know you have options about how Social Security numbers are displayed in Dentrix or printed on Dentrix reports?

In the Office Manager, go to Maintenance > Practice Setup > Preferences, and open the General Options tab. In the Additional Options group box, check the option to Hide Social Security Number. Then choose an option from the drop-down list as to how the number will be hidden:

  • Hide Completely - Removes the number from view (the field appears blank)
  • Mask Completely - Replaces the digits of the number with the "#" symbol
  • Mask All but Last 4 Numbers - Replaces the first five digits with the "#" symbol but displays the last four digits

Note: You will still be able to view the Social Security number from the Patient Information dialog box in the Family File and Update Patient Information dialog box in the Questionnaires module.

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