How do I add allergies?

A user with a Nurse edit level or higher may enter or edit allergies in a patient's chart. Allergy information is entered independently of patient visit chart notes and may be entered/edited at any time. Allergies are divided into three categories:
  • Drug
  • Environmental
  • Food
You can record a new allergy or edit an existing allergy from two locations in a patient's chart:
  • On the Summary tab
  • Within an encounter
Adding and Editing Allergies
1. At the top of the Summary tab or unsigned encounter, locate the Allergies header or select the Go to.. drop-down menu and choose Allergies.

2. Select the edit tool to the right of the Allergies header to add a new allergy. If you are charting in an encounter, select Record next to the Allergy header.

3. A pane will open to on the right hand side, allowing you to search for the allergen. Enter the severity, reaction, time of onset, comment (optional), and mark the allergy active/inactive. If you are unable to locate a particular food or environmental allergy, you may enter a custom allergy.

4. Click Save or Add another to continue entering allergies.

5. To edit an existing allergy, click the blue linked allergy listed under the Allergies section. You can edit the details of the allergy or mark it inactive.

Free-Text Allergies (PMH)
If you have documented allergies in the free-text PMH section of the Summary, this text will now appear towards the top of your structured Allergies section. This information will no longer be listed within the patient’s past medical history and can no longer be edited in free-text formatting. All allergies should recorded as structured data within the Allergy section going forward.

We recommend recording your previously entered free-text allergies in the structured Allergies section in order to receive interaction alerts while prescribing.

1. Click Record to quickly enter the free-text allergy in a structured format.


2. A pane will open to on the right hand side, where you may quickly document the allergy in a structured format.


3. Once you have completed the allergy details, you may choose to delete the free-text note. Note: When a free-text note has been deleted, this action will be reflected in the patient’s ‘Recent activity.’



Why am I unable to add free-text allergies in the PMH section?
To ensure you receive important alerts as you’re updating your patient’s allergy section, we’ve improved how and where you enter allergies. Free text entered allergies have been relocated from the patient’s past medical history and added to your patient’s structured allergy field on their Summary tab. Entering allergies in the structured Allergies field will allow you to receive drug allergy alerts while prescribing.

Where can I review allergies that were previously entered in the PMH section?
This free-text data will now be listed under the Allergies header on the patient Summary and within an encounter.  


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