Form Tools: New Fields Explained


DrChrono's Form Tools consist of different types of fields that allow you to build templates to use in clinical notes and patient onboarding. You have several types of fields at your disposal, all of which can be used to populate text into your clinical notes or OnPatient forms.  

1. To access the Form Tools go to Clinical Form Builder



2. The Form Tools are located on the righthand side of the main Form Builder screen. 



3. Each field performs a different function in building a form depending on the type of question, text entry or selection you need. 


4. The Short Text Field allows you to create a field where you can freely type anything you need for clinical documentation. Click here for more information. 

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5. The Yes/No gives you the ability generate different text on your note based on the affirmative or negative response. Click here for more information. 

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6. A Switch can perform 2 functions:

1. Turn "ON" or "OFF" generated text in your clinical note. This could be specific instructions for different conditions, notes, etc. that you wish to reflect in your clinical note.  In the example below, the Switch populates the text 'POSTURE' on the note. 

 Form_Tools_Switch_Button.png            Form_Tools_Switch_Example.png


2. A switch can also serve as a smart field, which means it can turn "ON" or "OFF" other fields that are connected to it.    

Before: In the example below, the switch 'My main problem is in my neck, arms and/or upper shoulders.' is turned "OFF".


After: The switch 'My main problem is in my neck, arms and/or upper shoulders.' is turned "ON" and all fields below it appear once it is activated. 


For more information on how to use a Switch click here


7. Single Select and Multiple Select fields allow you to create dropdown menus to choose from to populate your clinical note.  

Single Select field allows you to select one option from a list. 

Form_Tools_Single_Select_Button.png         Form_Tools_Single_Select_Example.png


Multiple Select allows you to choose as many options as you would like from the list. 

Form_Tools_Mulitple_Select_Button.png              Form_Tools_Multiple_Select_Example.png

For more information on  Single Select and Multiple Select fields click here


8. Free Draw fields allow you to upload a diagram/image or to take a picture to include with the clinical note.  It is important to note that the you can only use Free Draw fields on the DrChrono EHR app or the Check-In app for iPad.  Free Draw fields are read only on the web and not compatible with other tablet devices. 

Form_Tools_Free_Draw_Button.png              Form_Tools_Free_Draw_Example.png       

For more information on Free Draw fields click here. 


9. A Fraction Field allows you to enter any values that require a numerator and denominator. 

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For more information on the Fraction Field click here


10. The Header and Subheader fields allow you to further organize your note. Both fields will render in bold on your clinical note.  

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On the clinical note, the Header and Subheader fields generate like the examples below. 


For more information on Header and Subheader fields click here


11. The Reference Field pulls entered values from fields in other templates or duplicates values in the same template. In the example below, the chief complaint is pulled in from a different form.  In order for a reference field to work, the original field needs to have data in it.  

Form_Tools_Reference_Field_Button.png                 Form_Tools_Reference_Field_Example.png

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