Patient Clones are a useful feature for practices that have different types of providers who treat the same patient. The tool can be used to create one or more clones of the original patient, with data continually synched between patient and clone.
For example, a general dentistry office may also provide orthodontic and endodontic treatment.
For patient clone options to show in the interface, Patient Clone must be turned on.
Manage patient clones, create new patient clones, and view patient clone relationships in the Family Module.
The original patient is listed in mixed case (e.g. Smith, John). Clones are listed in all capital letters (e.g. SMITH, JOHN).
Family Members grid: By default, patient clones are added to the original patient's family (Family Members grid).
Another option is to place new patient clones in their own family, and associate the clone to the original via Super Family. This is useful when you want to maintain separate financial accounts for each clone (e.g. send separate statements for orthodontic versus dentistry work).
Patient Clones grid: This grid shows when one or more patient clones exist. The original patient will list in red with clones listed below.
Specialty: Assigning specialties is optional, but can be a useful method of differentiating patient clones.
Primary Provider: Defaults to the provider selected on the patient's Edit Patient Information window. Click the dropdown or [...] to change.
Specialty: The clone's specialty. Unspecified can only be selected when the selected clinic has no associated specialty. Only specialties not already associated to the patient are options.
Clinic: The clone's clinic. Only clinics associated with the selected specialty are options (See Clinic List).
To break the relationship between a single patient clone and the original patient:
To break all relationships between the original patient and every patient clone:
Once the relationship is broken, clones no longer list in the Patient Clones grid, but will still list as family members or super family members.
If a duplicate account exists for a patient, you can use the patient merge tool to turn the duplicate account into a patient clone.
The following information can be synched between the original patient and clones.
Insurance coverage amounts are not synched (amounts used and benefits available), so insurance estimates may be inaccurate. If you want both original and clone to reflect updated amounts, whenever an amount changes for one, add Adjustments to Insurance Benefits for the other.
This may not be an issue if general dental and orthodontic benefits are different and you have entered Ortho Lifetime Max and Percentage as Benefit Information.
Version 17.1 and earlier: If the original patient's first and last name is in ALL CAPS, you may be blocked from creating a clone. To resolve, change the original patient name so first and/or last name is not in all capital letters (Smith, John). Then you will be allowed to create the clone.
Bridges to other software: Open Dental always sends the information of the original patient to bridged software, not the clone. If, in the bridged software, information is associated with the clone, you may have issues accessing it. We recommend moving all information to the original patient instead.