Prescriptions can be used to prescribe medicine to patients.
A Prescription can be used to:
- Issue medicine to a patient
To use prescriptions, ensure that your store is set to
Dispensary mode (see the virtual stores documentation for how to do this).
Open the Prescriptions Menu
Prescription in the navigation panel.
You will be presented with a list of Prescriptions (if you don't see any, you are probably just starting!).
From this screen you can:
- View a list of Prescriptions
- Create a new Prescription
- Export Prescription to a
- The list of Prescriptions is divided into 5 columns:
|Name of the Patient
|Current Status of the prescription
|Reference Number of the precription
|Creation date of the prescription
|Comment for the prescription
- The list can display a fixed number of prescriptions per page. On the bottom left corner, you can see how many prescriptions are currently displayed on your screen.
- If you have more prescriptions than the current limit, you can navigate to the other pages by tapping on the page number or using the right of left arrows (bottom right corner).
- You can also select a different number of rows to show per page using the option at the bottom right of the page.
Search by Patient Name
You can filter the list of prescriptions by patient name. This can be useful if you're looking for one particular prescription!
Type the name of a patient in the
Search by name field (on the left, just above the list headers). All the prescriptions for this patient will appear in the list.
The list of Prescriptions can be exported to a comma separated file (csv). Simply click the export button (on the right, at the top of the page)
and the file will be downloaded. The export function will download all Prescriptions, not just the current page, if you have more than 20 of them. Prescriptions are exported using sort order selected in the table, though of course you could easily sort the list in Excel or whatever you open the .csv file with!
Delete a Prescription
You can delete a prescription from the Prescription list.
Select the prescription that you want to delete by checking the box on the left end of the list. You can select more than one prescription to be deleted. You can even select them all using the master checkbox in the list headers.
Selectdropdown (top right corner, above the list) and select
Delete selected lines.
A notification confirms how many prescriptions were deleted (bottom left corner).
Creating a Prescription
New Prescriptionbutton, in the top right corner
- A new window
Patientsopens, inviting you to select a patient.
Select a Patient
- In the
Patientswindow, you will be presented with a list of available patients. The patients list will load the first 100 patients and prompt you to refine your search by typing as much of the patient's name or code as you can.
- Your Prescription is automatically created once you click on the patient in the dropdown list.
Edit the Patient Name
If you have selected the wrong patient, you can change the patient name in the
Patient Name field or select one the dropdown list:
You may need to type more of the patient's name or code if you have more than 100 patients for the patient's name to show on the dropdown list.
Select the Clinician
Once your Prescription has been created, you can select a clinician from the
Clinician dropdown list.
View or edit the Prescription Information Panel
The Information Panel allows you to see or edit information about the Prescription. It is divided into multiple sections:
- Additional Info
- Invoice Details
We are planning to add more sections in the future as Open mSupply grows.
How to open and close the Information Panel?
If you are using a large screen, the information panel will be automatically opened for you. However, on an average sized screen, the information panel will be closed by default.
To open the Information Panel, you can tap on the
More button, located in the top right corner of the Prescription view.
You can close by tapping on the
X Close button, on the top right corner of the information panel.
In the Additional Info section, you can:
- See who created the Prescription (name of the user)
- View and edit the Prescription color. To edit the color, tap on the coloured circle and select a color from the pop-up
- Write or edit a comment
In this section, you will see by default the total selling price of the items listed in the Prescription.
Prescription Status Sequence
The status sequence is located at the bottom left corner of the Prescription screen.
Passed statuses are hightlighted in blue, next statuses appear in grey.
There are 3 status for a Prescription:
|This is the first status when you create a prescription.
|Prescription is picked and is now ready to give to the patient. Goods are still part of your inventory and prescription can still be edited.
|The patient has received their medicine.
If you hover over the status sequence, a prescription history window appears. You can see the date when a perscription was updated from one status to another.
Cancel and Confirm button
Tap on the
Close button to quit the Prescription view and return to the Prescriptions list.
Confirm button updates the status of the prescription. The status which you can confirm depends on the current status of the prescription and follows the sequence shown below.
When managing an Prescription, you can only confirm the Picked and Verified statuses.
You don't have to update a prescription to the next status in the sequence. You can choose to skip
Confirm Verified and go directly to
Confirm Shipped for example.
As demonstrated below, tap on the down arrow of the
Confirm button and select the status you want the prescription to be updated to.
Adding lines to a Prescription
Tap on the
Add Item button (top right corner).
Add Item window opens.
Select an Item
Add Item window, you can look up an item by:
- Reading through the list of available items
- or by typing some or all of the item name
- or by typing some or all of an item code
Once your item is highlighted, tap on the name or press
Once the item is selected, you can see the following information:
- Item code and name (eg. 030063 Acetylsalicylic Acid 100mg tabs)
- the available stock quantity for this item (eg. 20,976 units)
- the item's unit (eg. Tab)
- Note: The medicine's instruction for use.
Issue [Quantity] of units in packs of [Pack Size]
Issue Quantity field, you can enter the quantity that you want to issue to your patient.
By default, you are invited to issue a quantity of units. However, you have the possibility to issue a quantity of packs instead by changing the value in the second dropdown (
Default value is
Any when you are issuing units.
List of available batches:
This is a list of batch numbers that you have in store for this item:
- Batch: Batch number. It is a designation given to products made in the same manufacturing run.
- Expiry: Expiry date of the batch (format: MM/YYYY)
- Location: This is the name of the location where the item is stored if your inventory is managed with storage locations
- Pack Size: Quantity of units per pack
- On Hold: Indicates whether a batch is on hold or not. You cannot issue a batch that is on hold.
- In Store (packs): Total number of packs in your store
- Available (packs): Number of packs available (not already allocated to other shipments)
- [Unit] Qty Issued: Total quantity of units to be issued
- Pack Qty Issued: Number of packs to be issued
The batches which are available for selection are shown first and batches which are not (on hold or no stock available) are shown below and in a grey font.
Issue a quantity of units
By default, you are invited to issue a quantity of units, regardless of the pack size (number of units in a pack).
When entering a number in the
Issue field, after clicking the
Allocate button, the system automatically chooses the batch number(s) with the closest expiry date (First to Expire, First Out or FEFO logic).
Issue a quantity of packs
You can decide to issue a quantity of packs. To do this, you can change the value in the
Pack Size dropdown.
You are now offered to issue a number of packs of 25 units. Only batch number(s) with a pack size of 25 units can be automatically issued.
When a pack size is selected, stock lines which have a different pack size from the one selected are not available for selection. As such, those rows are listed lower down in the table and are shown in a grey font, in the same way as other unavailable rows.
Regardless if you chose to issue a quantity of units or packs, you can always manually change the quantity at the batch number level directly before pressing on OK.
You simply have to enter or edit the quantity in the
Packs Qty Issued column.
The values in the Total row will be automatically updated with the new quantity.
Confirm Item and Quantity
When you are happy with the quantity, you can either press on:
OKbutton. You are redirected to the Prescription view and your item has been added to the list
OK & Nextbutton to add another item right away
Cancelbutton if you do not want to add the item to the Prescription any more
Editing a Prescription Line
To edit a prescription line, tap on it. You will be presented with the
Edit Item window, which is identical to the
Add Item window, except that the item is already chosen.
Edit a Prescription Line
Open the Prescription you want to edit.
Tap on the line you want to edit. An identical window to
Add Itemappears. At this stage:
- Edit the main
- or change the number of packs value at the batch number level
- Edit the main
Delete a Prescription line
- Open the Prescription you want to edit.
- Select the line(s) you want to delete by checking the box(es) on the right of the list.
- Go to the
Actionsdropdown menu (top right corner, above the list)
- Select the action
Delete selected lines
Processing a Prescription
Confirming Prescription picking
Picking refers to the process where individual items are picked from pharmacy.
Once all items are picked and packed. You can then confirm the picking of the prescription to indicate that it is ready to be dispatched.
To confirm that a prescription has been picked, tap on the
Confirm Picked button.
Once picking is confirmed:
- Prescription status is now
- You are now invited to confirm the prescription via the
At this stage, you are still able to edit shipment lines, to add items or to delete existing lines.
Verify the Prescription
The last step to prescribe medicine is to verify the prescription.
To verify a prescription, tap on the
Confirm Verified button.
Once the prescription has been confirmed:
- Prescription status is now
- Goods are no longer part of your inventory
- You can no longer edit prescription lines
- You can no longer delete the prescription
Batches are automatically grouped by item when viewing a specific prescription. Use the expand in the table header to expand all grouped rows.
If you do not have enough room on your screen, or simply aren't interested in some of the columns shown, you have the option of hiding which columns are shown in this view.
Click on the
Show / hide columns button which is at the top right of the table. This gives a list of the columns available - you can check the columns you want to see. The options chosen are stored for the current browser, so next time you view an Outbound Shipment, you will see the selected columns only. If you have chosen which columns to show, then the button is shown in blue to remind you that there are more columns available.