DrFirst is getting a face-lift! The look and feel is going to be the biggest difference, with a new Modern User Interface. DrFirst will also now be "widget" and "icon" based, allowing for improved usability and a cleaner overall look. While functionality will remain the same, there have been some improvements to some workflows. All users will be expected to migrate to the new version of DrFirst between now and December 31, 2019. Look for communication from BestNotes with your transition instructions and effective date.


This document will show you all the changes that you can expect with the transition.

Patient summary screen

The patient summary screen has widgets for each part of DrFirst. All of these widgets can be alternated between a "Full View" and a "Minified View" by selecting the arrow box in the top right corner of each widget (see Figure 1-1 and 1-2) and interacted with except for the Diagnosis/Problems widget and the demographic information. These items are managed in BestNotes and pulled into DrFirst (see Figure 1-3).

Figure 1-1. Minified view and arrows to select to switch to full view of the medication widget.

Figure 1-2. Full view and arrows to select to switch to minified view of the medication widget.

Figure 1-3. Patient summary screen and widgets.

Pharmacy search

The pharmacy information will no longer automatically display "Mail Order" types, and will be listed as an option to filter in the "Pharmacy Type" (see Figure 1-4). Pharmacy codes will no longer be displayed, and will now be located next to the pharmacy result. To view the code translation, simply hover your cursor over the code (see Figure 1-5).

Figure 1-4. Pharmacy search.

Figure 1-5. Pharmacy codes.

Search selection

Once your list of pharmacy results appear, you will notice a significant improvement in appearance. With this cleaner look, you will also have the ability to select the pharmacy by selecting anywhere within the row (see Figure 1-6).

Figure 1-6. Pharmacy list selection.

Prescribing a medication

To create a new prescription, select "Create New Prescription" at the top left of the page in the context bar (see Figure 1-7). This context bar will be available to select, regardless of which area of DrFirst you are. When searching for a medication, as you type, you will be given a drop down list that will populate as you type with the possible medications. You will then select the intended medication, or select the search icon (see Figure 1-8). This will give you available strength and formulary codes. Select the dosage you are looking for (see Figure 1-9). You will then continue to fill in the medication information.

Figure 1-7. Create new prescription button.

Figure 1-8. Search medication.

Figure 1-9. Select dosage.

Additional features

In the top left hand corner, you will see a menu bar. This menu includes all areas of DrFirst (see Figure 1-10).

Figure 1-10. Menu bar.

At any time, on any screen, you can select the patient's name in the context bar to return to the patient summary screen (see Figure 1-11).

Figure 1-11. Contact page shortcut.

When you are not on the patient summary screen, there will be a side bar on the right side of the screen. This bar includes a shortcut view to different widget information. This means that you can be prescribing a medication and use the side bar to check information such as allergies without leaving the prescribing a medication screen (see Figure 1-12).

Figure 1-12. Sidebar.



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