Custom Fields allow you to capture additional information in a patient's record, by creating new customisable fields within the Additional section of the Patient's Settings.
You can create up to 50 separate fields, and even specify whether these contain text, numbers, dates or tickboxes.
You can also dictate whether they are mandatory, meaning your staff must enter data in to the field, before being able to click Save. Setting such requirements on the fields helps to ensure your staff enter consistent and accurate data.
If you're a developer using an existing MediRecords API, please refer to our Connect API documentation.
Any situation where you are hoping to record specific data can be improved by the addition of a Custom Field. Some examples of how Custom Fields can be used are shown below.
Scenario: I need to record the patient's pharmacy
Where traditionally you may have had to enter this information into the patient's notes, instead, you can now create a dedicated Text field labelled "Pharmacy", allowing your staff to type in and record the name of the patient's Pharmacy.
Any Custom Fields you create are also available to use in the Letter Writer. This means you can create a new letter about your patient, click on the small arrow next to Patient Custom Fields, then click on the name of the field you wish to insert.
This would then insert the pharmacy name into the body of the letter, where your cursor was placed.
Scenario: I need to record that I did something for a patient
Using a Checkbox field, your staff can tick (or un-tick) an item, to record that it was done for a patient. In the below example, if staff need to ensure they notify patients of an upcoming clinic address change, they may wish to record that they did notify the patient of the change.