Chart templates are a powerful feature within Hippo Manager that helps you save time and streamline your invoicing process. Chart templates give you the ability to pre-populate text, dates, numbers, reminders, and schedule to-do list items for the staff. In addition, you can associate specific item and procedure charges to templates, which automatically create an invoice for the patient, ensuring that your practice is not missing any charges at checkout.
Templates are found in the Management tab, by clicking on Manage Chart Templates. You will see a list of available chart templates on the left side of the screen. Items listed in green are user-created chart templates, and items listed in black are stock chart templates that are preloaded in Hippo Manager. Chart templates are organized in folders. Click the left arrow next to a folder to reveal its contents.
How to create chart templates:
- From the Manage Chart Templates widget, click Add Folder. (You can embed folders within folders, so make sure no existing folder is highlighted when you add a new folder. Unless of course, you wish to start a new folder within the existing folder.)
- Input the folder name. If desired, the template can be limited to appear in certain sections of the SOAP chart. Please note that it will still appear in any of the other chart types (Email, Phone, History, Progress, and Treatment). Click Ok.
- Find the folder you just created on the left side of the screen and click on it to highlight it. Type the chart template contents on the right side under Description. Click Add as New Template at the bottom of the screen to save it as a new template.
- Once the template is added, you can add tags, items, and/or a diagnosis code. Click on the left arrow next to the folder name, then select the template. At that point, the tags and items fields become available.
How to use dynamic tags in chart templates:
Hippo Manager gives you the ability to add Dynamic Tags to any of your chart templates. Dynamic Tags behave like macros, which makes data entry faster and easier when completing patient charts. Click the dropdown menu to reveal the list of Dynamic Tag options.
- Text Tag: A text tag functions as a placeholder where you can enter any text. Think of it like a prompt of the options that could be input into that field. If desired, you can even customize the actual text within brackets to serve as a mental cue for what options there are to input for that template. When the template is used in a chart, the current tag will appear in orange and the response can be typed in the box. To move to the next tag or insert the template, click Ok.
- Date Tag: A date tag allows you to choose a date on the calendar. For example, if the template is recording the responses of a client when symptoms first presented, the date tag would be useful.
- Number Tag: When the information being input is numeric only, the number tag should be used. Please note: if any symbols or text will be included with the number, either include those in separate text tags or use the text tag option instead. The Number tag only acknowledges whole numbers, but you can use the Text tag if you need to be able to insert a number with a decimal.
- Scheduler Reminder: The scheduler reminder tag allows custom reminders to be added to the patient record. These can be for follow-up appointments or even for vaccinations like Rabies that use the same inventory for multiple reminder intervals. Note: Only 1 reminder tag can be used per template.
- Add To-Do List Item: The add to-do list item tag allows a task to be assigned to another user through the use of a template.
How to add items and services to templates:
Items and Services can be associated with any chart template within Hippo Manager, allowing you to start an invoice while creating chart notes. Not only does this facilitate the checkout process, but it also ensures that everything included during a procedure is added to the invoice and nothing is missed. Items can always be removed or adjusted at checkout, if necessary.
- Select the template you would like to add items/services to from the Manage Chart Templates widget.
- In the Items field, search for the item/service you would like to add by name.
- From the Qty drop-down, select the desired quantity you would like to add.
- Repeat these steps for as many items as you would like.
When the chart template is used, the items attached to it will be added to the invoice. If any items were not used, they can be removed. Additionally, if the quantities need to be adjusted, that can be done from the checkout screen.
How to edit or delete chart templates and folders:
- Editing folders: From the Manage Chart Templates widget, click on the folder you would like to edit. Here, you can change the name, and which sections of the SOAP chart it will be available on.
- Editing templates: Locate the desired template within its folder, and click on its name. Here you can make whatever changes you would like. To delete items, click on the items in question, then click on the trash icon below them. Be sure to click Save Template when you are satisfied with your edits.
- Deleting templates: Click on the name of the template you want to delete, then click on the trash can icon on the left-hand side of the screen.
- Deleting folders: First, delete all of the templates within the folder, then click on the name of the folder and click the trash can icon on the left side of the screen.
The stock templates provided by Hippo Manager that are in black font cannot be deleted by users; only custom templates and folders created by your practice can be deleted. If you wish to have the standard templates removed, please contact support.
How to use chart templates:
- Ensure that the templates pane is visible in the chart type being used. You may need to click the pushpin icon in the top right corner of the note. The pane will remain empty until you click in a section of the chart note that corresponds to active templates.
- Click the template folder you would like to use. You will be prompted to choose whether or not to include the dynamic tags from the templates and if you want to use all templates from the folder. If you only want to use specific templates from the folder click No, then click the triangle next to the template folder in question to gain access to individual templates. Otherwise, click Yes.
- If the template contains tags, they will appear in brackets in orange font. Depending on the type of tag, complete the prompted information and click Ok. Repeat until all tags are complete and all templates are inserted.
- You will see the results of the template added to the chart note. Continue using templates and/or free type any other details necessary. Templates are still editable in the note, if necessary.
If items were attached to any of the templates you used, you will find them entered into an open invoice. Any edits and the addition of any other line items can be completed from the invoice.
If you have multiple locations, you’ll be able to access and use any chart template you create at all your locations.
When you are in a Chart Note actively working with the templates, you can select your most-used templates as Favorites by clicking the star next to each one. Those templates that have been marked as Favorites will be indicated with a yellow star next to it in their “home” folder AND appear in the Favorites section of the Templates menu on the right side of your screen. This can give you quick access to the most frequently used templates when the Favorites section is clicked on regardless of which folder they are assigned to.