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How To: Using Schedule Navigation

May 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Once the program has been configured for your schedule, using the shortcuts is very simple.

CONFIGURATION:

https://storeyquicknotes.wordpress.com/2009/10/31/how-to-the-configuration-page/

To use the schedule shortcuts, simple press the Windows key plus and Arrow key.

  • UP and DOWN will toggle through the various locations you set within the configuration.
  • LEFT and RIGHT will change days (left = back a day and right = forward a day).

These are very simple, but very effective shortcuts.  They are especially handy when using a laptop to speed up your day and make it a little less annoying.  These represent about 1/2 to 1/3rd of shortcuts used in our clinic.

Consolidation of the Package

February 12, 2010 Leave a comment

We’ve made tremendous strides in our Radiation Oncology clinic as we are currently 100% electronic chart – ie I don’t really ever have a paper chart in my hand.  Yea!! The 2008 goal of an EMR is done.

The process has gone very smoothly, in large part I think to the StoreyQuickNotes and AutoHotKey functionality.  My clinic is one of 7 clinics and now administration has caught onto the progress that we have made and appreciates the time saving aspects.  So now, IS is looking at putting the code on the CITRIX client which would roll the shortcuts out to all the staff.  So usage on a daily basis would go from about 30-50 right now to 300+ patients and it would be a primary part of the global shift to an EMR for our 7 Radiation Oncology facilities.

As part of that move, I’ve spent some time consolidating the structure of the packages back into 2 packages.  There is an MD package and there is an Office Package.  The MD package is obviously oriented towards the physician workflow and the Office package contains shortcuts for Nurses, Therapists, and the Front Office Staff.

So I’ve posted a Nursing 97b to the download page.  I’m going to have it tried out in our clinic next week and make sure that I didn’t break anything in the merger and then I’ll roll it out as 1.00 Office once I feel like it has been through the paces.

All Packages have been Updated

November 16, 2009 Leave a comment

I’ve been a bit quieter but the work has continued.

Over the last week or so, I’ve updated and refreshed each of the 3 primary packages of StoreyQuickNotes including the MD Package, the Nursing Package, and the General Navigation Package.

The main addition is far better configuration of the packages for using the IMPAC schedule shortcuts. They now have a configuration page which should mean that there is no need for any “end user” to open the code if you don’t want to.

The list of things that I want to get done keeps getting smaller. I have a few more tweaks to the MD package but the others are getting close to what I’ll consider a full-release non-beta version.

Over the next week or so, I’ll get up some images of the new custom tray menu with some additional “How To” articles.

Navigate the IMPAC schedule with ease!!

October 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Well today I’ve rolled my new favorite shortcut.

Backing up, last week I worked on integrating a few common tasks shortcuts into StoreyQuickNotes and today, I’ve rolled those packages out.  The results are pretty impressive with me using the Schedule Navigation shortcut around 30 times in the morning alone.

Basically, the shortcuts allow you to use the arrow keys to toggle which schedule you are viewing and to alter the days.

It is a small quick addition to the coding side but on the user side, it is now something that I’m going to rely on many times throughout the day.

HOW TO HAVE IT FUNCTION  IN YOUR CLINIC:

You must customize the 3 schedule names to match the names of the schedule in your Impac version.  I messed with trying to get this into a configure screen but it wouldn’t fly with Impac, so you are going to have to edit the code.

  • Replace the names of my 3 schedules with the names of your three schedules
  • Go in alphabetical order from your own personal list.
  • If you have trouble, you might add a slight delay like I had to for my sim schedule

Here is a snipet of the AutoHotkey code:

; ***************************
; Toggle Schedule - shared
; ***************************
ToggleSchedule(state)
{
	if (state<0)
		state=2
	else if (state>2)
		state=0	
	
	if (!state)
	{
		Send {tab 9}
		Send 21a-nlr    ; Customize '21a-nlr'
		Sleep 50            
		Send {tab}
	}	
	else if (state=1)
	{
		Send {tab 9}
		Send nlr-nurses station ; Customize
		Send {tab}
	}
	else if (state=2)
	{
		Send {tab 9}
		Send nlr-simulation ; Customize
		Send {tab}
	}
	
	return state	
}

#Up::
count_c:=count_c+1
count_total:=count_total+1
state:=state-1
state:=ToggleSchedule(state)
return

#Down::
count_c:=count_c+1
count_total:=count_total+1
state:=state+1
state:=ToggleSchedule(state)
return

#Left::
count_c:=count_c+1
count_total:=count_total+1
Send {tab 6}{enter}
return

#Right::
count_c:=count_c+1
count_total:=count_total+1
Send {tab 8}{enter}
return

General Navigation Package

October 16, 2009 Leave a comment

Over the last few days, I’ve spent some time on the AutoHotkey forums and spent a bit of time looking at the statistics for how I use StoreyQuickNotes and how the others in my clinic are using the package.

I think the good thing I did early was to focus on some major issues and I tackled some pretty big problems early in the Nursing and MD packages.  That work is largely complete.  There may be a few tweaks here and there as the install base grows a bit, but overall, the foundation of those packages was pretty complete.

But what I didn’t do the first go around was address some basic navigation issues of IMPAC.  Now I’m looking for super common tasks that just aren’t optimized and seeing if I can speed those things up.

In the broad sense, I’m going to think of those as a General Navigation Package.  Right now it has a few basic components:

  • Quickly Open the Schedule
  • Open the Patient Chart from the Schedule with one keystroke
  • Navigate the schedule using arrow keys to switch days and to jump from one schedule to another

So far so good.  I’ll added another 6 shortcuts to this package and I’m in the process of cleaning this up and integrating it into the large two packages.

I’m hoping it will be out the door early next week.