When a condition is diagnosed it may be classified as one of the following:
  • The FIRST episode of the condition for the patient
  • A NEW episode of a condition that a patient has had before
  • An ONGOING episode of a previously diagnosed condition

Use of the episode code is enabled or disabled in System Parameters.

If the episode code is in use, every encounter with a patient should have the Reason For Encounter (RFE) recorded with an episode code.

If the episode code is not in use, only a new diagnosis should be recorded.