MELVILLE, N.Y., Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, today announced the release of axiUm ® Dental Hygiene Edition, an innovative software system designed for dental hygiene education institutions. axiUm Dental Hygiene Edition is developed by The Exan Group. The dental hygiene edition is one of three editions in the axiUm suite of products. Other editions include the axiUm Dental Education Edition, which is in use at more than 80 percent of dental schools in North America, and axiUm Enterprise Edition. "What distinguishes axiUm Dental Hygiene Edition from other commercial software applications is its ability to support evidence-based dentistry," said Maria Deming of Pacific University's School of Dental Health Science in Oregon. "Our school is focused on educating our students, promoting oral health and supporting evidence-based dentistry. axiUm enables us to create a rich, managed care environment for our students and patients." With features that fulfill educational, clinical and administrative needs, axiUm Dental Hygiene Edition is tailor-made for the needs of dental hygiene academic settings. Unlike software solutions made for commercial dentistry, axiUm Dental Hygiene Edition streamlines educational management tasks and real-life dental practice processes into one fluid system. "We chose axiUm software for our dental hygiene school, because it's designed with the education process in mind and the modules resourcefully support both a clinical and teaching environment," said Brenda Walstead, Director of Dental Hygiene at Clark College in Washington state. "The assessment and grading modules seamlessly integrate with the clinical management system. In addition, axiUm's support for digital radiography, perio charting, patient and student privacy, and the ability to handle our large database of patients were key factors in our decision." "axiUm is the leader in providing innovative software solutions to the dental education market in North America and is recognized worldwide," said Ted DeVries, President of the Exan Group. "We are pleased to now offer an excellent solution to the dental hygiene education segment and look forward to being the software of choice for all dental education institutions." The Benefits for Dental Hygiene InstitutionsSuperior to Commercial SoftwareaxiUm Dental Hygiene Edition is the leading solution in North America designed to adapt to, and comply with, the needs of the dental education environment. Complete Student ManagementWith advanced security, detailed auditing, evaluations, authorization requirements, appointment and rotation scheduling, and secure messaging, axiUm Dental Hygiene Edition supports the ability to manage student progress towards graduation requirements and supervise all clinical activities. Hands-On Experience with Electronic Health RecordsaxiUm Dental Hygiene Edition enables educators to provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with Electronic Health Records (EHRs). By doing so, students gain knowledge in EHRs during their dental hygiene training that they can carry with them into their careers. "With technology advancements and government health care initiatives, fluency with electronic health records is becoming essential for all health care professionals, including dental hygienists," said Ryan Brandon, Director of Product Management at Exan Group. "To properly prepare for their future professional work environment, dental hygienists need to be educated on a system with both clinical EHR and advanced practice management features." "The 'preventative dentistry' movement starts with dental hygiene, and this move has sparked an increased demand for the use of electronic health records," added Ted DeVries. "The EHR is the core of axiUm Dental Hygiene Edition's functionality. It allows hygiene schools to capture data and collaborate with other dental institutions. It's the leading solution in North America tailored for these unique requirements." For more information visit www.axiUmDental.com. About The Exan GroupThe Exan Group, a Henry Schein company, is a proven leader in dental management software. With over 25 years of experience in the software marketplace, Exan has built a trusted reputation for software that is secure, practical and robust. Exan is committed to assisting dental professionals, large dental practices, hospitals and educational institutions worldwide with increasing profitability and efficiency. For more information, visit the Exan website at www.exangroup.com. About Henry Schein, Inc. Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSIC), is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the NASDAQ 100® Index, Henry Schein employs nearly 16,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than 775,000 customers. The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 96,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 110,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services. Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 24 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $8.9 billion in 2012, and have grown at a compound annual rate of 17 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit the Henry Schein website at www.henryschein.com. SOURCE Henry Schein, Inc.