Medical History Setup
Medical histories are a type of Sheet that can be customized. Patients can fill them out on a computer (e.g. in an operatory), via a Kiosk, or online using an internet browser (see Web Forms). If InputFields are setup on the medical history, then entered data can be imported into the database.
Before use, review internal sheets carefully and customize for your practice. Medical history sheets use special input and checkbox fields for medications, allergies, and problems. The internal sheets are only examples and may contain allergies and problems that do not exist in your Open Dental lists.
Three internal sheets have a type of MedicalHistory.
It is important that your master Medication, Allergy, and Problem lists do not contain duplicates. Each input field and checkbox on a medical history sheet corresponds to a specific item in the master list. When importing, spelling is compared to find matches. If exact matches are not found, import will not work properly. For example, if the allergy on the medical history is attached to 'Penicillin', but the patient's medication list contains Pen, the allergies will not match and the import will not work.
Below is an example of a Medical History for a New Patient.
Input fields and checkboxes fields can be used independently or together for medications.
Patients will enter medication names in InputFields (inputMed##). Up to twenty inputMed fields are allowed on a sheet. Each inputMed# can be only used once on a single sheet. Also see Sheets: Input Fields.
To add an input field:
Checkboxes can be used with InputFields as No indicators. This is useful for Medical History Updates so a patient can indicate if they are no longer taking a medication. Since current medications automatically populate the input field, patients just need to indicate if they are no longer taking the med. See Sheets: Checkboxes and Radio Buttons.
Make sure the static text instructs the patient that the checkboxes indicate No.
To add a checkbox:
Importing: When you Import medications into the database, medications manually typed in by the patient are always treated as new medications, regardless if the checkbox is marked.
Checkboxes can be used as yes/no indicators for allergies and problems. If allergies are already entered in a patient's record, the checkbox will automatically be marked on the medical history form.
Important: If a problem or allergy is renamed in the master Allergy or Problem lists, make sure to change all medical history sheets that use the allergy/problem. Simply open each medical history sheet, double click on the pertinent check boxes, and select the new allergy/problem. If spelling is inconsistent, then importing will not work properly.