Private patients functionality allows restricting patients' account visibility to only approved department(s). If patients are only seen by specific department(s) or if an advanced level of privacy is needed to restrict access to a patient's medical care, such as in a university set-up or corporate situations, private patient identification can be very useful. Common private patient categories also include races horses, royalty pets, or other celebrity ownership situations.
Enabling Private Patients
To enable private patient functions, follow Settings > Organization > Enable private patients. Note that private patient function usage may also be restricted by the user permission group.
Applying Private Patient Selection
Patients can be marked as private and the visible departments assigned through the general information section of a patient page.
Once a patient is marked as private, an additional 'Visible for departments' field appears. Here you must define which department(s) the private patient will be visible for. You must make at least one selection, however, several can also be made.
If default private patient and department selections are enabled, you will have default selections appear automatically. See customisation options at the end of this article for more information on enabling the referenced settings.
Private patient functionalities hide a patient's account from search and overall restrict visibility to only approved department(s). Once applied to a patient's account, private patient settings are functional. No further steps are needed.
Default Department Settings
Private patient by default
When enabled, this setting will mark every new patient created within the active department as private by default.
Private patient visible departments
This setting will define the default visible department selections chosen when a patient is marked as private. This setting is only visible if private patients by default is enabled. These settings should be used simultaneously normally.
Private patient visible department groups
Once department groups are defined within organization settings, they are available for use and default assignment selection.
Please reference the article on managing department groups for more information.
Permission to Mark Patients as Private
A user permission setting is available to control who can mark patients as private.
Settings > Users > User permission groups > Select the shield icon to open user group settings > General > Can mark patients as private.