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  The Clinical side of things: Charting Buttons and AutoLinks
Posted by: Brian on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 08:37 PM
  Going Chartless
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Getting your buttons arranged in an efficient layout (see the Charting Configuration article) is only half the battle. Now you have to make each button do everything it needs to do to enable fast entry of all proposed treatment (and for completed treatment, in certain situations). The following table should be a big help - print it out, put a checkmark in the "Use?" column of every AutoLink that's appropriate for you, then start creating them. (Or fax it to us and we'll do a remote to create them for you.)

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  The Clinical side of things: Going Chartless: Charting Configuration
Posted by: Brian on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 01:03 AM
  Going Chartless
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We here at Lighthouse believe that using Charting to enter treatment plans using "voice activation" (i.e., the doctor says a treatment that needs to be performed, and her or his voice activates an assistant or hygienist to click the buttons in Charting to get them entered) is the single biggest benefit of using Charting. Until you're creating a treatment plan for every diagnosed procedure, and then using the resulting treatment plan properly to track that treatment through to completion, you're not using the whole PracticeWorks program the way we intended for it to be used when we designed it. This article will describe some of the setup and configuration steps that are critical to effective use of Charting.

NOTE: This Article adresses button layout and teaches you how to make your own buttons. A related, and very important Article - Charting Buttons and AutoLinks - gives you a worksheet to help you set up the vast majority of the buttons you'll need, and just as important, the AutoLinks that give them so much functionality. These two Articles together comprise most of what you need to know to get Charting properly configured.

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  The Clinical side of things: Going Chartless Part 5: Medical / Dental History
Posted by: Brian on Monday, September 22, 2003 - 02:44 PM
  Going Chartless
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You have to know certain medical information about your patients before you treat them, obviously. A paper chart gives you a lot of ways to store, and alert you to, that information: the patient's original health history form, whatever paper form you use to periodically update that information, colored stickers on the outside of the chart for critical medical alerts, etc. In a world without charts, you still need the same information, but you're going to get it in different ways - ways that hopefully you'll find to be more consistent, more reliable and consequently, less prone to oversight. (How often do you really update your patient's medical history in your current system?)

This article describes a system that deals not only with medical information, but also the patient's dental history, and information that's more dental than medical, but that certainly needs to be reviewed and updated, just like purely medical information does. Along with the article, there is an Exchange Pack that you can install, make a few minor "manual" configurations to, and start using in very short order. The first part of the article describes the system and explains how to use it. At the end of the article are the instructions for installing and configuring it.

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  The Clinical side of things: Better integration between VixWin and PracticeWorks
Posted by: Brian on Friday, September 05, 2003 - 01:44 PM
  Going Chartless
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by Tom "VixWinMeister" Murphy

So you've got your DenOptic scanner, your VixWin 2000 program, and of course Practice Works, but how do they all fit together? PracticeWorks relates to VixWin with a one way integration. This means that PracticeWorks launches VixWin and supplies the patient name and ID number, but the image storage and manipulation remain in VixWin. This is great because image storage, retrieval and manipulation are what VixWin does best. Unfortunately, you can only launch VixWin from within the patient chart, at the capture tab. This means that when you want to scan some x-rays for a patient in the chair, you will have to exit the chart in the operatory, open the chart at the scanning station, scan the x-rays, close the chart at the scanning station, and then reopen it in the operatory. A bottleneck to say the least. Well, with a little bit of help from Lighthouse Practice Management Group, you'll be able to open VixWin from several areas and eliminate this and other problems before they occur. Just follow the easy step-by-step instructions in this article and the relationship between PracticeWorks and VixWin will be all moonlight and roses!

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  The Clinical side of things: Going Chartless Part 4: Completed Treatment Note Templates
Posted by: Brian on Tuesday, July 22, 2003 - 09:05 PM
  Going Chartless
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Perhaps the most daunting challenge on the journey to chartlessness is replacing your handwritten clinical treatment notes with notes in PracticeWorks?. Of course, you can just replace pen and paper with keystroke and screen, but for anyone who didn't ace Typing 101, that's a big step backwards. The solution is the PW Note Templates feature - notes that are pre-made, and need only a few questions answered each time they're used. The result is complete, accurate and consistent notes, patient after patient. And the only "cost" is the time it takes to create the Note Templates. This article, along with a Lighthouse Exchange Pack of "starter notes," will get you well along the way to entering your treatment notes in PW quickly and easily.

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