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Hints and Tips

Palmedic Demographics (used in Transcriptionist and via the note plug-in macro button)

  • HPI
  • Palmedic will search for the most recent note titled "HPI" and enter it in place of this demographic label.
      USE: Extremely useful in a hospital setting where one can enter a patient's history of present illness into a note entitled "HPI" and have this history automatically entered into a History and Physical AND a Discharge Summary
  • Insert Note ('Title')
  • Palmedic will search for the most recent note titled "Title" (changed to any title the user wishes) and enter it in place of this demographic label.
  • Insert Test ('Title')
  • Palmedic will search for the most recent test titled "Title" (changed to any title the user wishes) and enter its results in place of this demographic label.
  • Medications (current)
  • Palmedic searches through a patient's medications, and lists all medications that have not been marked as discontinued in the note in place of the demographic label.
  • Physical Exam
  • Palmedic will search for the most recent note titled "Physical Exam" and enter it in place of the demographic label.
  • Physical Exam (admission)
  • Palmedic will search for the most recent note titles "Admission Physical Exam" and enter it in place of this demographic label.
      USE: Extremely useful in a hospital setting where one can enter a patient's physical exam at the time of admission into a note entitled "Admission Physical Exam" and have it automatically entered into a History and Physical AND a Discharge Summary
  • PMH
  • Palmedic will search through all the patient's problems (as entered in the Problems section of the program), collecting each that contains "PMH" in the problem type input line (this line can also contain other descriptors in addition to PMH), and placing the resulting text in place of the demographic label.
  • Tests (current)
  • Palmedic searches through the patient's tests, finding all tests within the last 24 hours, and entering those tests' results into the note in place of the demographic label.
  • Vital Signs
  • Palmedic will search through the patient's tests and find the latest entry with the title "Vital Signs." It will then substitute this data for the demographic label in the note.

    Writing Formulas for Calculation Tests

    Your Newton will inform you if there is an error in your formula script; however, the error codes it gives are cryptic and do not tell you where you went wrong. Here are some secrets to creation of scripts:

    a) no "unusual" characters should be used as field labels. For example, the label "%O2" is an illegal label because of the "%" character, "A-a" is also illegal because of the "-" character.

    b) no spaces are allowed in field labels

    c) certain field labels are reserved words in the NewtonScript language and so are illegal. Examples include: "in", "of", "or", "and", etc. You should use abbreviations for labels that do not make sense as another word

    d) the above rules apply _especially_ to field labels of calculated fields. Your Newton will "freeze" if you break one of these rules within a calculated field label

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    last updated 10/11/97

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