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Explain it to me in 15 seconds…
Patient tracking is a clinic management tool that supports busy multi-disciplinary clinics; operates in a separate screen to “regular MMEx” so can be used on one monitor whilst undertaking your other actions on another.
Patient Tracking is a useful tool for tracking the patient during their time in the clinic. When a patient attends the clinic, place them into Patient Tracking. This tool assists in monitoring the progression of the patient from the time they enter the clinic until discharge/end of the visit.
Using Patient Tracking will also facilitate improved reporting about Occasions of Service and time spent with patients.
To learn how to configure Patient Tracking for your organisation click here.
Patient Tracking will open in a new window that will sit in front or behind your MMEx screen. Most reception staff prefer to have patient tracking on a separate display to assist with managing the workflow.
Patient tracking updates automatically.
When the patient presents, add them to patient tracking.
Right click on the patient appointment, or on the patient name in the patient search list.
In the right click menu, move mouse to Put Patient in Venue and then select the venue you wish to place the patient in (eg Waiting Room)from the Venue List.
NOTE: This list includes both Calendar and Patient Tracking Venues.
And the Patient will appear in the Patient Tracking Window and the timer will commence.
Using the Right-click Edit function will open the pop up that allows you to record who the patient will be seeing today.
From the practitioner drop down lists, select all of the relevant clinicians that the patient will be seeing.
The patient will now appear in Patient tracking, with the names of the health professionals they are scheduled to see pre-populated, and the timer will commence.
With all patients initially displaying as being in the Waiting Room, the user is required to move the patient through the clinic in line with their movements.
A sample scenario is demonstrated below.
Patient Valmai Allen is called in to see the Nurse.
The Receptionist changes the Patient's Venue to Clinic Room 1
When the consultation is over, the Nurse right clicks on the patient and selects Edit. In this popup they:
The nurse takes patient Joanna Andersons in, whilst Valmai Allen is seen by the Doctor. When Valmai Allen is finished with the Doctor, the Doctor uses the right-click Edit option to to mark the patient as seen and directs them to go to Reception to make another appointment. The Doctor changes the patient's venue to Reception.
Marking patients as seen and marking where the patient has moved to is usually the responsibility of Clinicians, unless the Receptionist can see all areas of the clinic at all times.
When a patient has completed their visit and returned to reception, the receptionist should right click on the patient's line in Patient tracking and select Discharge/End Visit On the pop up select the option that will take you to the patient billing screen where you can complete the visit and billing processes. If you accidentally discharge the patient from patient tracking before completing the billing, (and they disappear from your screen) simply open the patient record and complete the billing as usual.
Clicking on the right-click menu option Billing will open the patient's Billing History in the Patient Tracking window.
The right-click menu option History displays the history of the Patient's journey through the clinic for the current and past appointments.