Tech Tips for Allscripts Professional EHR

Entering Prescriptions without Completing the Note


Did you know that you can use the Draft button to send the orders and prescriptions you entered in Assessment and Plan, without signing off the note? Just click on Draft and you’ll see the same Print Plans as you do when you sign off. Process orders or send a medication to the patient’s pharmacy in the same way you normally would, but without completing the note.

Setting a Screen as Your Initial View

Are you tired of selecting from a list of screens when you first open a patient record? Did you know that you can set a screen as your initial view in your caregiver options? Here’s how:

  1. Menu
  2. Caregiver Options
  3. Initial View
  4. Change to the screen you want to see every time you open your patient
  5. Click OK

Setting Default Tabs in Reason for Visit and Assessment/Plan

You’ll save time by always opening to the same default places in the Reason for Visit and Assessment/Plan sections of the patient record. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Menu
  2. Caregiver Options
  3. Assessment/Plan (or Reason for Visit)
  4. General>Default Tab>Select your default tab
  5. Click OK

Tech Tips for NoteSwift for Allscripts Professional

Using the Alias Utility

The NoteSwift Alias feature allows you to dictate terms you’re familiar with, such as “COPD” instead of “Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”

Here’s how to use the Alias feature:

From the NoteSwift form called ROS Template:

  • Say “Alias”
  • Say <the name of your Alias>
  • Select the desired template from your Template pull-down menu.
  • Say “Done”
  • Voila! A new Template Alias is ready to go!

Searching by Voice

To carry out a search for a diagnosis, for example, simply say the name of the diagnosis and NoteSwift will find the term in the EHR.

If you dictate a term that does not exist in the EHR, NoteSwift signals this by highlighting the term in blue. For example, if you say “high blood pressure” and NoteSwift returns high blood pressure, it means that term is not contained in the EHR database. In this case, simply dictate a new term (“hypertension”) over the highlighted selection to execute a new search. If hypertension is in the EHR database, NoteSwift will find it, and add it to your patient documentation.

Controlling the Appearance of Your Patient Documentation


You can control how documentation appears in certain sections of the patient encounter. For example, you can set it to show abnormal findings in ALL CAPS. 

Using NoteSwift commands:

  1. Click on the Options button.
  2. Click Exam. Make sure the “All Caps Abnormal Findings” option is checked. 
  3. Click Save to save the settings. 

From this point on, any abnormal findings in the Exam section will appear in all caps in your documentation.

Applying a Review of Systems Template from a Patient’s Last Visit

  1. Say “ROS Template”
    NoteSwift will bring up all your templates.
  2. Say “Last Visit”
    NoteSwift finds the patient’s last visit and highlights it for you in the list.
  3. Say “Done”

Tech Tips for Dragon Medical

Improving Your Speech Recognition Accuracy by Training Your Voice File

Here’s how to train Dragon Medical to better understand your voice:

From the Dragon Medical toolbar click on Audio.

From the dropdown menu that appears, click on Read text to improve accuracy…


Follow the prompts to read a short selection of text. Dragon Medical’s accuracy will improve as it learns the way you pronounce words, and how you string them together. Better accuracy with Dragon improves accuracy with NoteSwift and your EHR.