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Sensei Cloud Release 0.1.6242 (Part 1)

Sensei Cloud

Weekly Release

Build 0.1.6242  |  May 19th, 2021

This week’s Sensei Cloud updates continue to expand core application functionality and deliver on recent customer requests.

Additional Treatment Chart Updates

New enhancements to the Treatment Chart UI [Patient Tab > Clinical > Treatment Chart] include further reconciliation with the Hard Tissue Chart in terms of the appointment management workflow and the display of additional clinical history items. As documented in the 0.1.6024 release notes (April 14th, 2021), the Treatment Chart now provides a text-based alternative view of the patient’s clinical history.

Prescription-based events are now displayed as part of the patient’s clinical history in the Treatment Chart. Whether your practice uses Carestream Dental’s ePrescription service or the default paper-based functionality in Sensei Cloud [Patient Tab > Clinical > Prescriptions], any drug orders that you create will be synchronized and displayed in the Treatment Chart. A corresponding clinical event with the basic order details will be displayed, along with the latest status updates to the prescription (e.g., voiding, reactivating, printing, etc.).

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Additionally, any day- and event-based clinical notes that you have entered in the Hard Tissue Chart are now synchronized and displayed in the Treatment Chart. This includes any general clinical notes entered for an encounter or notes that have been appended to clinical events, such as diagnosed / observed conditions, planned procedures, completed work, and watches. These clinical notes, along with any subsequent updates, revisions, or removals, are displayed with the associated date block and clinical events in the Treatment Chart. NOTE: Future releases will allow you to create and manage these event-based clinical notes directly via the Treatment Chart.

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Management of patient appointments in the Treatment Chart has also been simplified to match the workflow in the Hard Tissue Chart.  Click ‘Manage Appointment’ in the associated date block to control the scheduled encounter. You can manage the scheduled procedures, enter notes for the front desk upon checkout, and complete the appointment. Any modifications you make will be reflected in both the Treatment Chart and the Hard Tissue Chart. 

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The filters have also been enhanced to provide you with more flexibility when reviewing a patient’s clinical history. The event type filter now allows you to select multiple values (e.g., notes, treatments, etc.) and generate a view based on a subset of clinical event types. You can also filter the Treatment Chart contents by date range, to display a portion of the patient’s clinical history. Finally, you can generate a paper or electronic (.PDF) copy of the patient’s full clinical history or the currently-filtered Treatment Chart view.

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Upcoming Sensei Cloud releases will continue to expand the capabilities of the Treatment Chart specifically, and clinical notes documentation more generally. This includes enhanced templating and rich text capabilities for all clinical notes, the ability to easily add new and manage existing clinical notes via the Treatment Chart, and improved search and filtering controls, among other enhancements. We hope that these improvements continue to bring value to your clinical workflows and look forward to your feedback.

[US Only] ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Codes

This week’s release includes support for the use of ICD-10 codes as part of clinical documentation. This enables you to use diagnosis codes as part of the documentation of your proposed / completed work. NOTE: The diagnosis code functionality is enabled by default. If your practice does not document diagnosis codes as part of patient care, click ‘Disable Diagnosis Codes’ to disable this functionality [Administration Tab > Practice Settings > Diagnosis Codes]. Any existing diagnosis code data will remain part of patient clinical history, but you will no longer be able to record new diagnosis codes against procedures.

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Sensei Cloud includes the full ICD-10-CM code list. You can search for ICD-10 codes by their code or description (e.g., disease, condition, etc.) in the new ‘Diagnosis Codes’ screen [Administration Tab > Practice Settings > Diagnosis Codes]. Because the full ICD-10-CM code list has been implemented, there is no need to add, edit, or remove diagnosis codes. NOTE: You must enter at least three characters to trigger the code search. 

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The ‘Prompt Setting’ in the Diagnosis Codes screen enables you to determine if your team members will be prompted to enter diagnosis codes (or not). When enabled, you are automatically prompted to enter applicable diagnosis codes whenever procedures are scheduled, planned, or posted. NOTE: This is disabled by default to prevent unnecessary interruptions to your workflows, but can be enabled to support your practice’s needs.

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As mentioned, you now have the opportunity to search for and associate ICD-10 diagnosis codes in support of your documentation of patient care. Depending on the aforementioned ‘Prompt Setting’, you will either be automatically prompted to enter diagnosis codes or will have the opportunity to add them when planning or posting procedures. You can add or manage the diagnosis codes for each procedure during clinical workflows. This includes:

  • Managing a patient’s scheduled appointment via the Hard Tissue Chart [Patient Tab > Clinical > Hard Tissue Chart > ‘Today’s Appointment’].
  • Managing a patient’s scheduled appointment via the Treatment Chart [Patient Tab > Clinical > Treatment Chart > ‘Manage Appointment’].
  • Managing a patient’s treatment plan via the Hard Tissue Chart [Patient Tab > Clinical > Hard Tissue Chart > Planning Mode > ‘Pencil’].
  • Managing a patient’s treatment plan via the Treatment Plan screen [Patient Tab > Treatment Plan > / Treatment Chart > ‘Pencil’].

Click ‘Add’ under ICD10 Codes in the corresponding screen to display the ‘Diagnosis Codes’ dialog. From here, you can search for and select (up to four) ICD-10-based diagnosis codes per procedure. Once saved, you can modify or remove the associated diagnosis codes by clicking ‘Edit’. When added, diagnosis codes can be reviewed as part of the procedure details in the Patient Ledger or Treatment Plan. NOTE: If prompt settings are enabled, the ‘Diagnosis Codes’ dialog is automatically displayed whenever adding procedures to an appointment card, treatment plan, or ledger. It is not required to add diagnosis codes to procedures, even when prompted to do so.

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The inclusion of diagnosis codes in the documentation of patient care will prove useful in future releases, as Sensei Cloud begins to support the submission of claims to medical insurance. We hope that the inclusion of ICD-10 codes provides value for your clinical workflows. We look forward to your feedback on this new functionality and any additional improvements that can be made in support of your clinical documentation workflows.

 

[0.1.6242 RELEASE UPDATES CONTINUED ON PART 2]