The body mass index (BMI) value is calculated automatically by the EMR system if the patient's weight and height has been entered onto the Vital Signs block on the encounter form. The weight and height may be in any of the two units, English or Metric, depending on the user preference set in the customization area. The calculated BMI value also gets inserted in the encounter/consult notes automatically alongside other vital signs values, without any need for further action from the physician. If the patient's age is found to be less than 21, the value would be plotted on a bmi-for-age growth chart showing the percentile status.


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