🎞️ View video tutorial: Starting encounters and recording encounter notes
An encounter is divided into sections where providers document various aspects of a clinical visit, such as prescriptions or referrals. For more information, see Overview of encounters.
The main encounter note (progress note) comprises the History, Examination and Assessment and Plan sections.
A new encounter note can start pre-populated with information from different sources, including:
If you don't want to add the content, in the Attach Paragraph to list, choose None.
To add the content, in the Attach Paragraph to list, select History, Examination or Assessment and Plan.
Click to add the content to the Bottom or Top.
3. If the encounter was started from an appointment which had a presenting issue specified, the Presenting Issue is automatically added to the encounter. Otherwise, to enter a presenting issue, click Unspecified issue and a list of your configured presenting issues opens.
Select a presenting issue from the list. If the presenting issue has a template associated with it, the template opens.
Or type a custom reason and click Save Custom Text.
To change the presenting issue, click it.
The presenting issue shows in the main Encounters section in the Concern column and is used to easily identify the encounter.
A letter generated from the encounter uses the presenting issue as the Letter Title.
A referral generated from the encounter uses the presenting issue as the Reason For Referral.
To add new presenting issues, see Creating presenting issues.
4. If your encounter is populated from a template (see Starting an encounter), the configured text, variables, attachments, etc. populate your encounter. For more information, see Using encounter templates, Using instant variables and Using data variables.
5. Record your encounter, use the table below for reference.
Click Attach a Qnaire Response to include a previously recorded answer sheet. Or to complete a Qnaire during an encounter, click +Collect Data.
To view an answer sheet, click the Qnaire name, and the answer sheet opens in a new tab.
For more information, see Attaching Qnaire responses to encounters.
Type to record the clinical history associated with the visit.
Type to record objective information based on physical exam findings.
To record standard measurements, including vital signs, click +Add Vitals. For more information, see Recording patient vitals and measurements in encounters.
Assessment and Plan
Type to record the clinical assessment and recommended treatment plans given to the patient.
To add a new diagnosis, click Add Diagnosis. For more information, see Recording an encounter diagnosis.
To create a new prescription, click Add Prescription. Or quickly choose medications from your favourites or the patients existing medications, or add a single medication. For more information, see Quickly adding a prescription during an encounter.
Once the prescription is added, click the feather icon to sign it, and either the print, download or fax icons to send the prescription.
To delete the prescription, click the trash can icon before it's signed.
To attach a file or form associated with the patient (such as a PDF or image file), click +Add Form or +Add Attachment. For more information, see Adding attachments to encounters and Adding forms to encounters.
💡 Tip: The uploaded item is saved to the patient chart.
To include information from your encounter note in a letter, click + Add Letter. For more information, see Creating letters from encounters.
📌 Note: Once the encounter is signed, if a letter is generated, it is automatically signed by the provider.
To record patient immunizations or other types of injections, click +Add Injection. For more information, see Recording immunizations and injections.
To schedule follow-up Qnaires you want the patient to complete before their next visit, click + Add Follow-Up Qnaire. For more information, see Setting up scheduled or follow-up Qnaires.
To delete the Qnaire, click the trash can icon.
Creating provincial bills varies based on the province you are billing in. For more information, check out our province-specific help articles:
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Updated October 13, 2022