In SigmaMD Clinician, encounters are structured to efficiently organize and manage your communication with patients. Understanding when to create a new encounter or continue with an existing encounter is crucial for keeping your interactions streamlined and well-documented. This article sheds light on when and why you might need to open a new encounter for messaging.
When to Start a New Encounter
Typically, a new encounter should be initiated under the following circumstances:
- New Health Concerns: When a patient presents with new symptoms or health concerns that are distinct from previous discussions.
- Follow-up Visits: If it's a follow-up consultation regarding a previously discussed health issue, and the previous encounter has been closed.
- Different Treatment Plans: When proposing or discussing a new treatment plan.
Continuing an Existing Encounter (Encounter Not Closed)
If the encounter pertaining to a particular health concern or treatment plan hasn't been closed, it's possible and usually more organized to continue the discussion within the same encounter. Here are scenarios where continuing an existing encounter might be more appropriate:
- Same Health Concern: If the discussion revolves around the same health issue initially brought up.
- Ongoing Treatment: Discussing the progress or modification of an ongoing treatment plan.
Remember, this option is viable only if the encounter has not been closed. Once an encounter is closed, a follow-up encounter or a new encounter would need to be initiated for further discussions.
The decision to open a new encounter or continue with an existing one depends on the nature of the communication and the healthcare scenario at hand. Ensuring that your messaging is well-structured within encounters will contribute significantly to efficient practice management and patient care delivery. If you have further questions on managing encounters or any other feature on SigmaMD Clinician, feel free to reach out to our support team for assistance.