January 23, 2015, 11:45 am

NPR Tip: Keep Users Entertained During Download or Printing (MAGIC or Client/Server)

Joe Cocuzzo, Senior Vice President – Report Writing Services

NPR Tip:  Keep Users Entertained During Download or Printing (MAGIC or Client/Server)

If you have a report that users are going to run and wait for, it can be nice to print some kind of progress message to the screen to keep them entertained.

The easiest way to do this is to use the @W.display macro, which will show a message in a window while the report runs.

Some caveats:

Don’t use @W.display when the user (in MAGIC) sends report output to “S.”  (Your call will pop a small window and the report output will end up in that little box.)

Your attempt to display a progress message (in MAGIC) will not do anything when the user prints to VIEW. This is because output to VIEW occurs in the background and the screen is not available to your report for messages.

You can decide to send a message per each detail record, or at some less frequent point. If there are relatively few detail records, you might want to show a progress message per each detail record. If there could be a lot of detail records, you should show the progress message at some sort of break.

Our demonstration report is set up as a DOWNLOAD format, so we have Chars/Line at 200 and Lines/Page = Page Size. The progress message technique could be used in a report designed for printed output as well. Because even a few days of output will have many records, we are going to show a progress message per each day of the range, and those records are output.

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Because we selected the bar.acct.discharge.date.index (in C/S it is called: “discharge.x”) the sorts are automatically set up as follows:

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Given that this is a download, we do not want a header line to print, so we suppress that region with an LC attribute:

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Here are the footnotes on the example report. The highlighted one calls the macro to display the progress note. The other footnotes change the output into a tab delimited download file.

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The hk1 macro uses the @W.display translator macro to show a message per each date as the sort changes:

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Notice that we do not use an @ sign in front of the field bar.dis.ser. That is because we want to use the temporary sort value from the local variable and not have the report try to find the field for particular record. In the HK1 region, the subscript of the detail segment will be nil and @bar.dis.ser will fail to return anything, but bar.dis.ser will.

Using the @ sign on @bar.dis.ser will translate to:

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Omitting the @ sign gives us:

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If we look at the object code of the “.R” part of the report, we can see that the report loops on the local variable bzds (which is what bar.dis.ser translates to), so we will have a date in this local variable in the HK1 macro

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So, when we run the report to a printer or a download, we will see a progress message as follows:

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The message update per each day of the selected run date range, then you see the usual message about Downloading… or Printing…

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This article originally appeared in the  January 2015 issue of Iatric Systems Updates! newsletter.

January 21, 2015, 2:47 pm

healthsystemCIO.com: Cletis Earle, VP & CIO, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Chapter 3

When a hospital wants to connect with community providers but runs into resistance, what’s a CIO to do? For Cletis Earle, the answer is a “road show.” By that, Earle is referring to the organization’s efforts to visit physicians, educate them about the local RHIO, and give them to nudge – and support – they need to climb on board. In this interview, Earle talks about St. Luke’s “localized HIE strategy,” his strong focus on security and data loss prevention, and the challenges in planning when possible mergers are looming. He also talks about the range of innovation happening at his organization, from population health alerts to adding bus routes to help transport patients between facilities.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

  • Security — “the biggest pie in the sky”
  • Cyber insurance, testing & implementing the right tools
  • Data loss prevention — “Get ready for the big punch”
  • Boston Children’s hack attack
  • Innovation at a community hospital — “We’re able to be as agile as possible.”
  • Lifesaving mobile EKG reader

Read more or listen to the podcast at healthsystemCIO.com.

January 21, 2015, 12:47 pm

healthsystemCIO.com: David Lundal, SVP & CIO, Presence Health, Chapter 2

It’s amazing how much a single conversation can influence one’s career. Years ago, Dave Lundal asked a chief operating officer what he looks for in a CIO. The answer? Someone who understands the healthcare business. Lundal took those words to heart, and now, as CIO at Presence Health, his leadership strategy is built around the idea of applying technology to the healthcare business. In this interview, Lundal talks about what drew him to Presence, the challenge of having two EHR systems — on multiple databases, and implementing an IT governance process. He also discusses what he learned going through the M&A process, and how healthcare has evolved in the past 20 years.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

  • The “huge challenge” for CIOs
  • Staff appreciation — “Everyone is overworked.”
  • IT governance & “black holes”
  • From idea to business case to decision
  • “We have a lot of different initiatives, but not a coherent strategy.”
  • Managing multiple portals
  • Clinical integration platform for HIE

Read more or listen to the podcast at healthsystemCIO.com.

January 20, 2015, 12:28 pm

MUSE Webinar: Physician Support Services: Making It Easier for the Physicians Will Make It Easier for You

Physician buy-in is the key to any successful implementation. Often whether or not a physician likes a product and jumps on board with the change is out of your control. What you can control is what type and how much support is provided to the physicians. What works and what doesn’t work? How do you customize support for an individual physician? These are some of the questions that will be answered in this informative webinar.

January 27, 2015 at 1 PM Eastern
Cost: $100

Learn more or register at museweb.org.

January 15, 2015, 1:57 pm

MEDITECH: Doctors’ Hours

An interactive WebEx series led by MEDITECH physicians

The goal of our new Doctors’ Hours series is to provide an opportunity for physician leaders in the MEDITECH community to meet and interact with members of our physician consultant team. During these hour-long WebEx sessions, attendees will learn how to optimize their use of the MEDITECH system through physician instruction, recommendations on best practices, and lessons learned from your peers. The one-hour format also includes an opportunity, at the end of the session, for attendees to ask questions and participate in discussion with the physician presenter.
Format Overview:

  • 1 hour session (40 minute presentation, 20 minute Q&A session)
  • Small group setting of customers
Date Time Session Title Platform MEDITECH Facilitator Physician Presenter Sign Up
1/22 12 – 1 p.m. Driving Clinical & Financial Improvements with MEDITECH’s EHR & Data Analytics All Denise O’Connor Ilan Fischler, MD Closed
1/28 12 – 1 p.m. MEDITECH’s ICD-10 Strategy and Support for Physicians All Ben Simon Richard Garcia, MD Closed
2/2 1 – 2 p.m. The Medication Reconciliation Team Experience All Kerri L. Nash Bud Lawrence, MD Register

Read more at meditech.com.

January 15, 2015, 1:51 pm

healthsystemCIO.com: David Lundal, SVP & CIO, Presence Health, Chapter 1

It’s amazing how much a single conversation can influence one’s career. Years ago, Dave Lundal asked a chief operating officer what he looks for in a CIO. The answer? Someone who understands the healthcare business. Lundal took those words to heart, and now, as CIO at Presence Health, his leadership strategy is built around the idea of applying technology to the healthcare business. In this interview, Lundal talks about what drew him to Presence, the challenge of having two EHR systems — on multiple databases, and implementing an IT governance process. He also discusses what he learned going through the M&A process, and how healthcare has evolved in the past 20 years.

Chapter 1

  • About Presence Health
  • His ‘big career moment’ — “It gave me the chance to be the lead IS person.”
  • Presence Health Partners
  • Transitioning to value-based care — “We want to go two feet in the canoe.”
  • Epic & Meditech in the hospitals
  • Population health & analytics on the radar

Read more or listen to the podcast.

January 15, 2015, 12:45 pm

healthsystemCIO.com: Cletis Earle, VP & CIO, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Chapter 2

When a hospital wants to connect with community providers but runs into resistance, what’s a CIO to do? For Cletis Earle, the answer is a “road show.” By that, Earle is referring to the organization’s efforts to visit physicians, educate them about the local RHIO, and give them to nudge – and support – they need to climb on board. In this interview, Earle talks about St. Luke’s “localized HIE strategy,” his strong focus on security and data loss prevention, and the challenges in planning when possible mergers are looming. He also talks about the range of innovation happening at his organization, from population health alerts to adding bus routes to help transport patients between facilities.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

  • Consistent voice with community docs – “We all say the same thing.”
  • Patient alerts — “They’re starting to see the benefits.”
  • Building excitement around data analytics
  • Hudson Valley’s core initiative
  • Getting innovative with bus routes
  • Breaking down silos
  • “It’s trying to figure out, what can we do next?”

Read more or listen to the podcast.

January 13, 2015, 12:32 pm

Iatric Systems Expands Patient Privacy Solution Suite with Launch of Auditor’s Desktop

Solution analyzes and prioritizes potential privacy violations for quick, corrective action
Iatric Systems, Inc., a comprehensive healthcare IT integration company, today expanded its robust suite of patient privacy solutions with the launch of Auditor’s Desktop™. Hospitals can achieve HIPAA compliance, save time and reduce risk with the new solution
that analyzes potential privacy violations and ranks them by severity for swift action.

Auditor’s Desktop complements Security Audit Manager™ from Iatric Systems, which has, since 2003, enabled hospitals and health systems to fully audit electronic access to Protected Health Information (PHI) and catch potential privacy breaches.

Learn more about the solution and read the press release: http://hubs.ly/y0rjPk0

January 12, 2015, 9:25 am

KLAS: Acute EMR market consolidation – And then there were five

The acute EMR landscape has been undergoing consolidation for several years, but it feels like things are speeding up. When I started at KLAS five years ago, there were eight vendors: Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, GE, McKesson, MEDITECH, QuadraMed, and Siemens all actively marketed EMR solutions. McKesson actively marketed two.

How things have changed in a few short years! Both GE and QuadraMed essentially exited the market a few years ago. Then McKesson consolidated to one EMR (Paragon), and Cerner just bought Siemens. If that deal goes through, there will be five EMR vendors still standing:

1.       Allscripts
2.       Cerner
3.       Epic
4.       McKesson
5.       MEDITECH

Read more at KLAS Research.

January 9, 2015, 12:50 pm

healthsystemCIO.com: Cletis Earle, VP & CIO, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Chapter 1

When a hospital wants to connect with community providers but runs into resistance, what’s a CIO to do? For Cletis Earle, the answer is a “road show.” By that, Earle is referring to the organization’s efforts to visit physicians, educate them about the local RHIO, and give them to nudge – and support – they need to climb on board. In this interview, Earle talks about St. Luke’s “localized HIE strategy,” his strong focus on security and data loss prevention, and the challenges in planning when possible mergers are looming. He also talks about the range of innovation happening at his organization, from population health alerts to adding bus routes to help transport patients between facilities.

Chapter 1

  • About St. Luke’s Cornwall
  • Meditech Magic 5.6.6
  • Consolidation & mergers in New York
  • Community docs — “It became unsustainable trying to connect with the one-offs.”
  • RHIO as primary HIE
  • IT managed services organization
  • The CIO road show — “It helps alleviate some of the anxieties.”

Read more or listen to the podcast at healthsystemCIO.com.