Version 4.1

Release notes for V4.1.


  • Performance tuning of the New Patient function has sped up the creation of new patient records.
  • A new automatic daily process now adjusts the status of patients who have not had a service contact in a certain number of years. Refer to System Parameters for details.
  • Adding patient names has been improved by setting defaults for forenames and family names after the first name has been added.
  • Editing and deleting patient names has been made easier by the adition of an edit control bar above the names grid.
  • Address maintenance has been made easier by associating Mobile and Work phone numbers with the patient instead of the address. This means that when a patient moves there is no need to re-enter the Mobile and Work phone numbers.
  • New prompts have been added to make it easier to add a new address when a patient moves, instead of changing a prior address.
  • Colour has been added to the name and address records to make it easier to identify edit, insert and delete operations.
  • The Medicare reference number has been moved to reduce the likelihood of it being confused with card issue number.
  • Upgrading to database versions 205 or 208 will automatically set patient's forenames to preferred forenames where they are blank. This allows Communicare's duplicate patient checking to work more effectively.
  • Upgrades to database versions 205 or 208 will scan the database for illegal hard duplicate patient records. These records will be automatically be merged. Typically only about 1 in 20,000 patient records is effected, but it is important to check=the output files for scripts 205 and 208 on the server after the upgrade is completed.
  • Database version 207 may have automatically marked a few patients who have no services recorded as Past Patients. Script output file 213 should be checked to see which patients were effected if version 207 was in use. Few sites will be effected as most upgrades will take the database from a version prior to 207 to 213 or greater.

Service Recording

  • Encounter mode and place have been combined as Place and Mode in the service recording module. This change makes information easier to read and reduces the number of mouse clicks required to create a service record.
  • A disable flag has been added to encounter Place and Mode to allow the suppression of encounter places that are no longer used.

Clinical Record

  • A new automatic daily process now deletes recalls that are no longer age appropriate due to patient aging. This process will reduce the number of overdue recalls displayed and reduce the length of recall reports.


  • Patient Status and Patient Group selections have been added to the Clinical Record standard reports. By default, only recalls for current patients will be printed, which will reduce the length of your recall reports.
  • The recall report now includes recalls that were previously excluded on the bases that they were illegal types. For example, recalls for conditions has never been a supported function, though some users have created them. This version of the recall report will print such recalls.


  • Users may now change their own password, provided they have been given the right by the system administrator.
  • The system administrator can now easily change any users password from within Communicare, instead of using InterBase Console.
  • This release also addresses other issues either too trivial or technical to itemise here.