Sheets: Medical History Setup
Medical histories are a type of Sheet that can be customized. They can be filled 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.
1. In the Main Menu, click Setup, Sheets.
Below is a copy of the internal Medical History for New Patient.
3. Change the sheet as needed.
4. Click OK to save.
InputFields: 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.
To add an input field:
2. Select an inputMed# field that is not currently in use, enter its properties, then click OK. Each inputMed field can only be used once on a sheet.
Checkboxes: 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. Make sure the static text instructs the patient that the checkboxes indicate No.
Note: Web Forms will not populate inputMed fields automatically.
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.
Allergies and Problems
1. On the Edit Sheet Def window, click Checkbox.
2. Select the allergy or problem field name. The Allergies or Problems list will update to reflect items entered in your master Allergy list and Problem list.
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.
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