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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 Business side of things: Chart Retirement Protocol and Checklist
Posted by: Brian on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 09:04 AM
 
  Going Chartless
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So, you think you're ready to start sending all those old charts to their final resting place? You've either stopped making charts for new patients, or you're ready to stop. Now you just need a little guidance for the next and final phase - dismantling your "wall o' charts" one at a time. This article gives you the procedures and even a detailed checklist to fill out for each chart, to make sure you don't ever need to see it again. (Well, probably not. You might still pull a retired chart once in awhile, but it should be rare.)

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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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  Lab Case Management in a Chartless Environment
Posted by: Allen on Sunday, December 21, 2003 - 10:25 AM
 
  Going Chartless
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Several versions ago, PracticeWorks? added a feature for alerting you if an appointment is coming up soon with an outstanding lab case. When properly set-up, this feature works very well. But that's all it does - alerts you to pending problems. The Lighthouse Lab Case Tracking System can be used in conjunction with, or instead of, the built in system. It will create all written correspondence to the Lab (i.e., generate the actual Lab Slip), while permanently noting in the chart all details concerning the case. It can be used for fixed and removable restorations. This article will describe each component and explain how to install and use the system.

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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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