Dentrix Ideas

Clinical Notes Font Size, Styles, Colors

It would be very helpful if the clinical notes could allow certain text to be bold, italics, and/or a larger font and allow attachments. We are constantly duplicating information from clinical notes into Patient Alerts so that it is more apparent in the future. We also use lots of CAPITALS and ****** to bring attention to information in clinical notes. A simple rich text editor in there would be a really helpful addition.
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  • Jul 9 2019
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  • bobbi j commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    add option to change the size of the font when writing clinical notes
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Makes sense! That would be a lot easier than searching for the providers initials (if they put it on there).
  • Pedrom Mashaw commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    It would be very useful if there was an option to highlight/bold/italicize important clinical notes. For example, if I need to order a new appliance, I would like it to be highlighted so that I can easily and quickly find it as I glance through clinical notes.
  • Lynann commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Color differences for providers and highlighting option!
  • Teresa commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    In the section of clinical notes that shows the dates of all previous notes, we think it would be nice if there was a option to mark any dates for missed, late cancels in a specific color so we can just look at those dates and know how many were broken/missed etc without clicking on each note to open and read it. That was if a patient calls we can quickly tell them how many or when they missed. This option would also be nice on the ledger
  • Sydni commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    It would be awesome to have a high lighting option when making notes into clinical notes. It would make it easier to point things out by high lighting, than it being blank with letters.
  • Larry commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Ability to select color difference between doctors clinical notes and hygiene notes (in the progress notes), for quick reference to prior operative procedures. Eg. Operative- black ; hygiene- green
  • Pam commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    In the patient chart, the dates of service are listed. It would be nice if we could set the computer to show all the clinical notes instead of having to click on each date. Therefore the dentist could just scroll through the notes instead of taking time to click on each date of service to see what has been done.
  • CKB DDS commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    I agree! My whole team agrees!
  • Michelle Wright commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    It would be helpful to have a non-duplication of benefits feature when the secondary isn't going to pay. We currently flag those accts. that this will apply to but sometimes people miss the flag and tell patient with the 2 plans they will most likely have everything covered by insurance. If there were something we could mark in dentrix that this applied then I wouldn't have to worry about it.
  • Michelle Wright commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    It would be helpful to have dentrix be able to track age restrictions for sealants and fluorided
  • Michelle Wright commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    It would be nice if there were some way in the insurance plan to figure posterior composite and crown downgrade rather than having to go into the payment table for every plan that has this.
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    To have the option to change the color of the text in clinical notes so that it stands out from the rest of the note on any particular date.
  • scottsjohnsondds@yahoo.com commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    I think if we had the ability to highlight throughout Dentrix it would really aid in interoffice communications. Our eyes are automatically draw to anything in bold, highlighted or italicized. If we had the option to right click anywhere in the system like you can in word to change the font that would be very helpful.
  • appointments@mmbdentistry.com commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    It would be great while typing a message if you could change the color of certain words.
  • Carolyn Krieger commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    This is the main reason I have not gone paperless. My hygiene department is weary of not being able to see their highlights, i.e. "Doctor discussed occlusal guard" or "doctor found enlarged cervical lymphnode and recommended patient see their primary" with a follow up of "patient saw primary and all is WNL" so that the the hygienist can prep me and I don't mention it every single time. This suggestion was first given to you guys in 2009. Seems like this should be an easy fix since every other software in the world is able to do this... is there a reason in 8 years this has not taken place?
  • info@eastmanonline.com commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    We would like to have the ability to highlight items inside of our clinical notes
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    When writing in clinical notes in the chart I would like to highlight certain material to draw attention to it so whoever is reading the notes will notice important notes.
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    We should have the ability to change the font in the Clinical chart note so we can copy and paste into our letters.
  • Sharon.hfdds@gmail.com commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Our hygiene team would love the ability to see dates in red or another color when a patient has been seen by the hygiene team. Makes it easier to see the last hygiene note without searching the ledger for the date, or reading all the precious notes.
  • Michael Day commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    It would be helpful to be able to (After a not is signed and an error detected) put a line through (Not erase) the incorrect note. OR just to be able to place the CORRECTED note above the previously entered text, because the Correct note is invariably far enough down the field that it is not seen.
  • Robin Miller commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    if would be very helpful if hygienist, doctors, front office,assistants would all have a certain color so when we are reading notes we can tell right away where the note is coming from. example Doctors all notes are in Blue Hygienist all notes are in green front office all notes in black and assistants all notes in blue
  • info@eastmanonline.com commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Give the clinical notes section the abiltiy to highlight in a different color so that notes of importance can be easily referenced.
  • Molly commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    In the Clinical Notes it provides the date, time, and provider. Over time these notes will collect making it very difficult to quickly glance at what procedure was done when. Right now the only option is to click through every entry and figure out what the patient came in for that day. If there could be a way to include the procedure in the same line as the time and provider, I feel this would make the clinical notes much more time efficient and visually pleasant. Example: 3/23/2016 ---> 1:15 pm (Dr. S) Implant #4 OR: 3-23-2016 ---> 1:15pm (Dr. S) Suture Removal Etcetera... I also, agree with the other post about BOLD, Italics, Underlining, and color text options. That would be life changing. I hope we can eventually make this work! Thanks for your time and consideration. Please vote!
  • Michael Sonick commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    When writing up a patient chart notes it is diffcult. I would like to see three changes: 1. have it work like Microsoft word with a memory for words, and make it easy to spell check and correct, like an autocorrect feature 2. Be able to cut and paste from other documents into the notes. I would like to be able to cut and paste photos and images as well 3. Have the written treatment plan in the chart be easily incorporated into the note.
  • Ruthie commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    1. We should be able to chose how many schedule we want to print instead of having to hit the print button multiple times. 2. When printing clinical notes it does not print the provider's name just his designation. When I send clinical notes to an attorney on a auto accident case I have to put a label with the the docs name..tacky :(
  • info@texasdentalpa.com commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    It would be very helpful to be able to highlight a column and change the assigned hygienist or doctor all at the same time instead of having to change one patient at a time.
  • Joseph Skladany commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    In Patient Chart, Clinical Notes need to be tagged by the Dentrix user/log-in ID; and thus be able to audit/track which user actually entered the note (not just see the Provider selected).
  • hooperfamilydentistry@gmail.com commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    We would like to have an easy way to HIGHLIGHT(in color) certain treatment information which would make it easy to locate in the future. ie "indirect pulp cap placed" etc.
  • kayce commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    would be awesome to have a high lighter capabilities in clinical chart notes. That way I can high light something important that the next assistant needs to see. makes chart reading faster.
  • kstalls62 commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    When are we going to be able to change the font size in the clinical notes? It is ridiculous that the simple choice of a larger font is not available. I'm several feet away from the monitor when I'm typing notes, and my Dr. could stand a larger font as well. This has been requested for more than 7 years. Why are you all dragging your feet?
  • Kristi commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    It would be nice if we could color code Clinical Notes. So that we can differentiate from our notes from very important to alerts.
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Under Clinical Notes. I would like to have the ability to specify a color to specific notes. For example: The date and time stamp for hygiene notes would be yellow. That would allow our hygienist to easily look back at his note from 6 months ago.
  • Joe Gums commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    It would be helpful to be able to expand all clinical notes at once to be able to read the notes on a single page. In addition it would be helpful to allow a specific color for the note of a specific provider. Thanks
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Allow an ADMIN as a provider so when a front desk person receives a call, they can document it, but the clinical team won't have to read it under progress notes in chart.
  • Amy commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    The ability to highlight key points or change colors of font would be nice also
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Dr. A in the practice does a filling - use blue, Dr. B in the practice does a filling, use purple to designate her work. So at a glance we can see who did what treatment in the practice.
  • Heather commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    It would be great if we could change the name on the note to reflect the date of service and what treatment was completed.
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    It would be nice to have Clinical notes for Hyg and Dr. be a different color. So that you can easily identify what you are looking at. Was this done in Hgy or did the Dr. do it??
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Clinical notes.
  • Kvinsland commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Dentrix! I posted this in 2009. What are you waiting for? I was able to change font and color and search key words on the very first word processor I used in high school. Time to get with it.
  • office@sonickdmd.com commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Be able to bullet or number the sentences in clinical notes (they should just ask Microsoft for help!!!)
  • Kortni commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    color code hygiene notes
  • George E. Federici, DDS commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    For years we used different colored pens for different type treatments in our written charts: Green = Maintenance/prevention; Red = Emergency Treatment; Blue = non-treatment notes (i.e. phone conversations with other doctors, or the patient, etc.) and Black Type was for Restorative/Doctor Treatment. It made it much easier to track down treatment histories.
  • Kimberly Carter commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    The use of different colored text for each provider in the clinical and progress notes
  • Michelle M. commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    THIS IS A MUST!!!! Such a simple idea needs to implemented into Dentrix. Why hasn't this been done already???
  • Dr. Morris commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    I would like to see rich text (bold, italics, font size, strikethrough, etc.) in the clinical notes. For example, I have a template with positive and negative options. I would like to bold the finding seen in the patient and strikeout the finding not present in the patient. For example: "Intraoral cancer screening: negative positive" I would like to make "negative" bold and "positive" a strikethrough. This is a more thorough note than just stating "negative."
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Our providers are threatening to go back to paper charts becuase they can't easily see past clinical notes. It would be nice to scroll through all of them on one page and also to be able to highlight information of special interest. Please!!
  • Laurie commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    It would also be nice to sort clinical notes by tooth number. Color coded notes and filters would be ideal.
  • Eleanor Lopez commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Definitely a great idea. I would like the option for different providers to have a different color. ie hygiene and doctor
  • Baynon commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    We normally have to set our Windows video settings to 125% to enlarge DENTRIX so staff can read ledgers easier, however In order to SCAN documents into document center, for some reason that only works for us if we change video settings back down to 100%. Not sure why, but Dentrix tech support tells us this is how it must be done. Is not practical and could be fixed if Dentrix would allow Font Size change for Ledger
  • Victor commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    If there could also be a way to make the text bigger in the templates that would be great. One of out staff members has a difficult time seeing the text, so she lowers the resolution of the screen to see the text, in doing this the X-rays that are displayed on the screen are no longer accurate. Thanks.
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    viewing this from across the room is very difficult for the assistant when the monitor is on the operators side. if we can change font in appointment book, why not in all area of dentrix?
  • Marg commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    I wrote this in another section, but what I am seeking is the ability to see the difference in the clinical chart notes between the doctor and hygiene notes or (restorative vs. perio related). Like it is said, we write in different colors in our paper chart....Dr. is black, Hygiene is purple... (finance notes were green and frontdesk/ business was blue) It would be nice to see this transfer to the electronic chart. It makes it easier to see the last hygiene care and prepare for what is needed next when a patient calls to reschedule...in addition to just seeing the continuing care due. It may be nice to see this same color transfer to the ledger.
  • Dr Scott White commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    The best software takes what you have been doing on paper and improves upon it- NOT LIMIT IT! Dentists and hygienists have been taught for decades to use color coded notes to indicate restorative vs hygiene procedures for example and to highlight important things. This request is over 4 years old. If you do not listen to your users, you will lose them. In todays market place you need to earn your customers business everyday or be prepared to downsize.
  • Lori commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    This is important for offices transitioning from paper charts to all electronic.
  • Leslie Peariso commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    the abiliy to highlight notes
  • Tasha K. commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Is there a way to assign procedures a specific color as opposed to providers. That way if you were to look at the schedule for the day you could automatically see how many extractions, prophys, recall exams, and new patient exams, etc. It's more confusing to have the providers in colors. I used to work with Eaglesoft and that is one thing I miss about that program.
  • Teri Ellis, RDH commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Why has this not been done yet??? So frustrating to review past notes and have to open each one. Wish we still had Eaglesoft.
  • Dentist commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Great idea!
  • Carter Wright commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Isn't this feature already active in the private version of Dentrix? As such, the necessity would already seem to have been proven...
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Terry, This is the enhancement that needs to be combined with the request for custom note colors. This is very vital to the way we as providers use the system! Please combine these two issues as they are one in the same and really need to be address! Thanks
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Terry, you need to combine this request with the same request for the rich text editor enhancement inside clinical notes. It would be awesome to allow each provider to have a custom color to easily identify their clinical notes.
  • Julio Olvera commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Friendly FYI, this is already possible, at least for the Clinical Notes displaying as a Chart. All you need to do is to enable the Clinical Note View from the Progress Notes Tab and that will do it right there. Regarding the coloring, that is still an Enhancement Request.
  • Veronica Martinez commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    this is a great idea, we need colors in the texts to help us review any important note that was left previously
  • susie commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    PLEASE make this happen!!!!
  • Laura commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    You could also have dual monitors, one for x-rays or the schedule view closer to the doctor and a second monitor on assistant side for the making of clinical notes. That's how we do it.
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    also the procedures, procedure notes and chart colorings should have the capability for different colores
  • Anonymous commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Would make this easier to find specific entries based on the provider dojing the treatment in multi-provider pracitces.
  • jordan commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Obviously it is a problem in Dentrix online also! a capital "i" looks like a lowercase "L" !!!
  • Laurie commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    EagleSoft operates this way (has had this feature for at least 7 years) and it is frustrating to now work on software that does not offer this because it makes it so much easier to find what you are looking for.
  • Bri commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    agree! we need to be able to write certain information in different colors.
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    The clinical note dates also need to be color coded for dds and hygiene so if we are looking throught the notes to try and find information we don't have to open every clinical note.
  • Barb commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    The hygienists have asked about this. You should put a color chart so everyone can use their own color (my appt columns are color coded for each provider - we then could make our notes the same) You need to work on this... Thank you.
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    We would like to be able to color-code the clinical notes by provider.
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    You would also need another color for administrative notes
  • Anonymous commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    This would be great!
  • Anonymous commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    This would be great!
  • Trinice commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    I agree, different colors for hyg, restorative and front office would be very helpful.
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    yes I vote different colors for clinical notes!!!! just like documenting in a chart!!!!
  • Alison Hamilton commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Colour coded for each provider
  • Nance commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    this would be a great option especially when you have a medium to large staff, we have three hygienist, three assistants and two front desk
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    PLEASE - UNDO word processor feature deperately needed to be able to recapture note when it "disappears" by the time I look up.
  • Anonymous commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Colors Please! Highlighting options would be so helpful.
  • Anonymous commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Colors Please! Highlighting options would be so helpful.
  • Jean L. Piper commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    this would be great...one more reason to go paperless if we could have this feature
  • Mary commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    We would like to have a Bold and underline and highlight on the clinical notes so that we can quickly see what we want to do next. We are anticipating being paperless.
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    It would also be nice to highlight some of the clinical note text to draw attention to important information,
  • Trevor Ragan commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    It would be easier to read through the clinical notes if hygiene was one color, front desk one color, and chairside another color. I love this idea!
  • Leah commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    It would also help if the administrative notes could be a different color if you put them in the clinical area.
  • cdmoody commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    I occasionally have a note that is too long for one clinic note and I need to do a continuation into a 2nd note. The second note will display in the progress notes ahead of the 1st note, even though the time stamp on the 2nd note is later that the time stamp on the first. Dentrix needs to allow more characters in the clinic note since they don't have a fix for this problem.
  • Corrina commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    That would help having different colors to show who wrote the clinical note then I would not have to scroll through and click open every date to find something I wrote
  • Laura commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    It would be great if the clinical notes could be different colors. Red for hyg. Black for admin, and blue for dr. notes. (Our office did this in the paper chart) Makes it easy to follow.
  • drsteve commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Yes, I absolutely agree. We used to do this frequently in our paper charts. This would reduce the medical/legal possibility of overlooking crucial imformation and be a HUGE improvement. Windows platform has this ability. Can't that feature simply be imported into Dentrix?
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    This is a MUST! It is so hard to find things in the clinical notes. The paper charts were easier because of the color coding
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    I like that idea - I would also include the option of changing the color of the date/time stamp on the right so we can see, at a glance, if note pertains to restorative, hygiene, perio, front, FA's. etc.
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    We need to be able to change fonts in ledger and in family file window. As some of us age and look at a screen all day, the thin small font that is there now is hard to view sometimes. If we could just make it bold it would help. I realize we can change some of this in windows, but I need to see as much information, clearly, in the most space possible. thanks
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    I agree, easier to find providers last entry, also would like to be able to put in NS in red!
  • criccoboni commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    to get to previous exams/hygiene visits faster, color coding by provider would be helpful.
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    I shadowed at the INSIGHT SEMINAR yesterday in NY. An attendee suggested being able to change fonts, colors etc just like in WORD.
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Yes, this would be great if we could change colors. Maybe hyg, could be one color, medical alerts could be another color, progress notes, yet another color. It would save having to read all the way through the notes looking for something specific.
  • John Leitner commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    need to be able to color code by provider
  • Linda commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    We would like to have color changes for text in clinical notes. Such as green for hygiene appointments.
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Yes..I have to do the same to make things standout (CAPS, ****, etc..). Some things really need to be eye-catching.
  • Kirk King commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    color choices are a GREAT idea. When we used paper progress notes, Hygiene notes were in GREEN, Operative Notes were in BLUE, Administrative notes were in RED. The best idea is to have this fully customizable and perhaps have the ability to tie to specific logons, such as HYG1 or FO01 (Front Office 01) for example.
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Would like the option of having color choices for each entry - such as red to indicate "no show" or late arrivals; purple to indicate miscellaneous personal information. etc.
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    Clinical notes needs to be completly easy to customize. This includes the text size and color. PLUS; the date that shows to the lefthand side of the notes needs to be easy to customize, (diferent colors used for hygiene vs doctors), this would make it easy to see which notes to open up if you are looking for something specific.
  • Guest commented
    09 Jul 04:28
    we'd like to be able to change 'type' color to red so that in the clinical notes when can type in red when the patient is a NO SHOW or arrives late or cancels short notice.
  • Guest commented
    19 Jul 14:23

    Dentrix managers ,Instead of appreciating the feedback do something to resolve the issue, doctors , staff members , managers spend lots of time in front of the computer and certainly having to read your tinny letters doesn't help at all. This is an ongoing problem  and still not resolve .