You cannot delete a patient record. However, if you have created a duplicate patient record, if a patient record is not valid, or if the patient is no longer with your practice (such as when a patient is deceased), you can change the status of the record to Inactive to indicate to yourself and others that no information should be entered into that record.
To inactivate a patient record (duplicate or invalid)
How to get there
If the correct patient is not already selected, use the Patient Search box to access the patient's record.
Note: You can include inactive patients in the search results by setting the Include inactive patients switch to On.
Do one of the following:
On the Patient Information ribbon, click (or tap) the Edit Patient Information button . If the ribbon is not visible, click (or tap) the arrow button below the Patient Search box .
On the Patient menu, under General, click (or tap) Patient Information.
The patient's Patient Information page opens.
On the Basic Info tab of a patient's Patient Information page, change the patient's Status to Inactive.
Click (or tap) Save.
Note: You can include inactive patients when searching for a patient by setting the Include inactive patients switch to On.
To inactivate a patient record (for a patient no longer with your practice)
When your office is notified that a patient is not coming back to the office or is deceased, to prevent attempts to contact the person (especially through automated communications), do the following immediately:
To prevent automated recare email and text messages from going out to the patient, remove the patient's recare.
If the patient is the primary contact and/or the primary guarantor for other patients, set a different patient as the primary contact and the primary guarantor for those patients.
If the patient has a Ledger balance, either post adjustments to move the balance to another patient, or write off the balance.
Add patient note in the patient's record that states that this patient's account is not to be used, and select the Add all pages check box.