In this module, we will be going over the basics of patient medications and prescriptions.
- Medications Layout and Navigation
- Filling New Prescriptions
- Re-Prescriptions and Long Term Medications
- Pharmacy Settings
- Favourite Medications
1. Managing Prescriptions
A patient’s prescriptions can be accessed by either the ‘Rx’ link in the drop-down menu of a scheduled appointment or by the patient's eChart by selecting ‘Medications’.
Scheduled Appointment Access
Selecting these will bring you to the patient's medication profile where you’ll see these key features:
- The patient drug profile with all their prescribed medication
- Any other medications that are taken (supplements, herbs etc.)
- Active allergies
- Medical history
- Preferred pharmacy
2. Filling New Prescriptions
To create a new prescription follow the steps below:
- Open the patient's drug profile and search for the desired drug in the search bar at the top of the display.
- Once you have chosen the drug, a new prescription box will open on the screen to input all the medication information and instructions. If you would like to add any other drug to the same prescription you can simply search for another drug and start another prescription box
- Choose where you would like to fax the prescription by selecting a preferred pharmacy.
- Select ‘SAVE AND PRINT/FAX’ when the prescription is ready.
- A preview window will open up to allow you to review the prescription and sign off on it.
- Fax or print Rx by clicking ‘Fax & Add into EMR’, ‘Print & Add into EMR’ or ‘Print’.
💡Drug interaction check is available when creating prescriptions in Avaros. You are able to set the severity level of interactions you want to see in case you would like to silence lower-level interactions.💡
💡 Click on the yellow question mark beside the ‘Instructions’ field for more references regarding the prescription instructions.💡
💡 An encounter note will be automatically added to the patient's eChart listing the prescription information and pharmacy details.💡
3. Re-Prescriptions and Long Term Medications
Long-term medications are medications the patient will be taking for more than 3 months. When you enter a patient’s drug profile by selecting ‘Medications’ in the eChart, long-term medications are displayed in blue. To make any medications long-term medication, click the ‘L’ beside the medication.
💡 The long-term medication option can also be selected when creating the prescription for that medication.💡
Long-term medications will appear under the ‘Medications’ section of the left panel in the eChart. They can be easily re-prescribed by clicking the ‘+’.
All of the long-term medications will open ready to be re-prescribed. Simply select ‘SAVE AND PRINT/FAX’ to create the prescription and then select print or fax depending on how you will give it to the patient or pharmacy.
Any medication in the patient drug profile can also be re-prescribed by clicking on the check boxes beside them and selecting ‘ReRx’. From here just select ‘SAVE AND PRINT/FAX’ to see the preview for the prescription and then select to either print or fax it depending on the preferred medium.
4. Pharmacy Settings
In order to fax prescriptions directly to a pharmacy, a preferred pharmacy has to be selected. Preferred pharmacies are patient-specific, but once created and added to the library, can be applied to any patient. To add a preferred pharmacy to a patient, click ‘Manage Preferred Pharmacies’ from the drop-down.
Here you can search for a pharmacy in your address book to add as a preferred pharmacy for the patient.
💡 The order in which the pharmacies appear in the ‘LINKED PHARMACIES’ section is how they will be ordered under the preferred pharmacies drop-down menu.💡
If a certain pharmacy isn’t already in the address book, click on ‘Manage Pharmacy Address Book’ and then select ‘CREATE PHARMACY’ to add a pharmacy.
The preferred pharmacy can now be selected and will be the default for sending prescription faxes.
5. Setting Favourite Medications
You can set your favourite medications for easy selection by searching for a medication in the ‘Search Drug’ bar at the top of the display. Once the medication is selected and the instructions are entered, you click ‘ADD TO FAVOURITES’.
This medication will now be displayed for quick and easy selection in 'Favourites' under the 'Medications' tab of a patient’s eChart.
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