In March of 2012, PCC will release PCC EHR 6.6. This update includes several improvements to Medical Summary components, including greater customizability, the ability to filter some items by status, and the ability to add Medical Summary components to your custom chart notes. We’ve also completed several requested features: you can now remove unwanted protocols, and the patient’s room number is visible whenever the chart is open.
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Implementation: The new features in PCC EHR 6.6 require configuration and user-specific software training. Read about the features below and then review PCC EHR 6.6 Migration Considerations.
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- 1 Patient Room Displayed in the Chart
- 2 Display Only Active Items for Problem List, Allergies, and Medication History
- 3 Add Medical Summary Components to Visit Chart Notes
- 4 Configure the Medical Summary Anchor Buttons
- 5 Remove an Unneeded Protocol From a Visit
- 6 Other Improvements in PCC EHR 6.6
- 7 Minor Bugs Squashed in PCC EHR 6.6
Patient Room Displayed in the Chart
The patient’s location, when they are in your office, is now displayed with the visit date in the patient chart. Your clinicians no longer need to return to the schedule to remember the patient’s location.
Display Only Active Items for Problem List, Allergies, and Medication History
The Problem List and Allergies list can now be configured on-the-fly to display Active, Inactive, and/or Resolved statuses..
If you want to see only the active problems on the Problem List, for example, you can select the “Active” status from the pull-down Display menu and exclude the Inactive and Resolved statuses.
The Display menu for the Medication History works the same way, and allows you to view Active and/or Inactive medications.
PCC EHR will remember which statuses you prefer to view and retain the settings whenever you open a chart.
Add Medical Summary Components to Visit Chart Notes
You can now add Medical Summary components to your customizable chart note protocols.
If you configure these components to appear in a chart note, your clinicians can review and edit important information without navigating to the Medical Summary.
Medical Summary components appear with “(Medical Summary)” after the title. A small note after the title, such as “Modified ##/##/##”, indicates when the component was last edited.
Click “Edit” to make changes.
Medical Summary Components are Chart-Wide, Not Part of the Visit: Medical Summary components contain patient information that is not part of any one visit. As of PCC EHR 6.6, you can add these components to your visit protocols and review and edit them right on the chart note, but the information and changes you make are not recorded as part of the visit. The contents of the Medical Summary components are not copied into the visit chart note that is stored in the Visit History. (A small reminder about this appears under the component when you edit it.)
Use the PCC EHR Configuration Tool to edit your chart note protocols and add these components.
Configure the Medical Summary Anchor Buttons
You can now configure the navigation anchor buttons for your office’s Medical Summary screen. You can determine which of your components should have a navigation button, and you can customize the button text.
For example, you may decide to include only a few anchor buttons, or none. You could also customize the buttons in order to highlight the most important Medical Summary sections for your users.
You can make all of these changes with the Medical Summary Builder, found in the PCC EHR Configuration Tool.
Remove an Unneeded Protocol From a Visit
When you chart complex visits, you may use multiple chart note protocols. You now have the ability to remove an unwanted protocol.
Select “Remove Protocol” from the Edit menu.
Then select the protocol you wish to remove, and click Remove.
PCC EHR will move any charted information to the remaining chart note protocol.
In the example above, a chief complaint from the Asthma protocol was added to the Chief Complaint section of the Sick protocol. If no equivalent component is available, charted information will be added to the top of remaining chart note protocol.
More than Two?: If you are removing a protocol, and you have two or more protocols remaining, PCC EHR will ask you which of the remaining protocols should receive charted information from the removed protocol.
Other Improvements in PCC EHR 6.6
In addition to the major features described above, PCC EHR 6.6 includes these simpler feature improvements:
Growth Chart Tabular Data in Reverse Chronological Order: When you review the table of a patient’s growth chart data, the most recent dates will now appear at the top of the list. This makes it easier to review the most recent growth chart data.
Edit Menu Improvements: The Edit menu is now always accessible, with unavailable options displayed in gray. You can also add, change or remove a protocol whenever a chart is open, and not just while viewing the chart note.
New Languages: PCC EHR and Partner 6.6 now include the ISO standard languages American Sign Language, Mandarin, and Yue (Cantonese) as options in the patient’s preferred language fields. If your practice ever encounters a patient language that you can not select, be sure to let us know!
More Complete Rx Tasks Queue Number: The number on the Rx Tasks queue tab now includes prescriptions that need signing, along with pending refill requests and prescriptions awaiting a clinician’s approval.
Minor Bugs Squashed in PCC EHR 6.6
In addition to new and improved features, PCC EHR 6.6 includes small bug fixes. Some of the more interesting bugs squashed are listed below.
Deleting and Adding Problem List Items: If you deleted all problems from a patient’s Problem List and added problems at the same time, sometimes the removed problems would return when you clicked Save. This no longer occurs.
Mismatched Weight Conversion: Due to different metric/English conversions, weights in the patient chart note and the Patient Visit Summary sometimes appeared slightly different. They both now use the more accurate calculation.
Visit Summary Printing: Some Macintosh computers could not print the Visit Summary Report. It now prints correctly.
Arrived Button Concurrency: When two users reviewed the chart of an unarrived patient at exactly the same time, and were using Macintosh computers, the “Arrive” button could remain visible even when one user clicked to indicate the patient had arrived. The patient chart now removes the Arrived button for other users who may be viewing the chart.
Editing Order Settings Removed User's Answer History: When your office reconfigured a lab order, such as the rapid strep lab test, the list of typical user answers was removed. In PCC EHR 6.6, editing a lab order’s settings no longer resets the list of past answers.
Open Chart from the Edit Orders Window: After clicking on the orange ball or other status indicator to view the Edit Orders window, the “Open Chart” button would sometimes return the user to the Schedule screen. Now the button always opens the chart.
Deleted Diagnoses Triggering Alerts/Reminders: If a diagnosis was deleted from a patient’s Problem List, it could still sometimes trigger a diagnosis-based Clinical Alert or cause the patient to appear on Patient Lists or Patient Reminders for that diagnosis. This no longer occurs.