MELVILLE, N.Y., Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners, today introduced the beta version of Dentrix ® Ascend, its first cloud-based practice management system designed with advanced features for single and multi-site dental practices. With final release expected later this year, the Dentrix Ascend beta provides dentists with an early view of how the new system streamlines daily operations, blends electronic services directly into practice workflow, and takes advantage of today's advanced cloud technology. With Dentrix Ascend, dentists can safely store practice data in the cloud, manage multi-site practices and access information about their practice anytime, anywhere. Dentists who practice in multiple sites can access a single database from any location to create reports, track patient care and centralize business operations. Dentrix ® Ascend can be used on a PC or a Mac through the Google Chrome browser. It is also optimized for Safari on the Apple iPad. In addition, subscriptions for the Dentrix Ascend service will be offered on a month-to-month basis, offering dentists greater flexibility than long-term service contracts. The new system also includes many features that are typically add-on modules for a single monthly price. "This is a completely re-imagined practice management system," said Kevin Bunker, President, Henry Schein North America Dental Practice Solutions. "We combined the best ideas from our current, highly acclaimed Dentrix system, with more than two years of research with dentists, to develop an entirely new system that improves practice management." Dentrix Ascend includes a unique approach to managing office workflow that delivers real-time information and suggested tasks specific to each user's role in the practice, prioritizes these tasks based on the dentist's efficiency and operational goals, and ultimately guides each user through a process for successfully accomplishing these tasks.