Investigations Options

 

 

 


Laboratories

The Laboratories section contains settings specific to each laboratory within the Company drop-down menu. To change these settings for a given company, select a valid company name. If the company is not listed, click to add one to your Address Book. Consider also that you must enter a valid company alias.

o       Unless otherwise arranged, Investigations requests and results your practice sends and receives are flagged as being for the practice. However, you can organise with your Laboratory to have requests and results associated with specific practitioners. To do this, select a practitioner from the Doctor drop-down menu, and then enter a unique code for that practitioner in the Lab ID Code text box. It is recommended that you consult your laboratory to arrange the Lab ID code for each practitioner, as each laboratory might have a naming convention they prefer to use.

o       One laboratory can be flagged as the default for all Pathology Requests by selecting the laboratory from the Company drop-down menu, and then ticking the Use as Preferred Laboratory check box. If you select a SDS-based laboratory as your default, you will be able to access eOrders for requesting tests electronically.

o       One laboratory can be flagged as the default for all Cervical Cytology Requests by selecting the laboratory from the Company drop-down menu, and then ticking the Use as Preferred Cervical Cytology Laboratory check box. This can be the same laboratory as your default for Pathology Requests, or it can be a different one. If you select a SDS-based laboratory as your default, you will be able to access eOrders for requesting tests electronically.

o       Tick the Use Standard Pre-Printed Form check box to print requests onto forms supplied by your laboratory. Removing the tick from this box will print the same request data, but include the name of the laboratory from your Company drop-down menu (it is assumed that paper supplied by the laboratory includes the company name).

 

If after printing a request onto a supplied form, you find the printed text doesn't line-up correctly on the form, you can make adjustments to the printout via MedicalDirector Clinical Print Options.

 

Other Check Boxes

Default to Direct Bill All Requests

Automatically mark all pathology requests as 'direct bill'.

Default to Thin Prep for Cytology

Defaults to Thin Prep option when creating a Cytology Request.

Display Results to Staff

Allows 'limited' users to check the Holding File, and allows 'basic' users to access Actioned Items.

Display Default Reason List

Select this check box to display the default list of Clinical Details in the Pathology Request Portal. Clear this check box to display only the user-defined tests.

Collect At Surgery Box Checked (Healthlinks.net)

Displays the Collect At Surgery - Healthlinks.net status.

Save Clinical Details in Progress Notes

Select this check box to add the clinical details that were selected in the Request form to the Progress Notes

Hide Actioned Items in Holding File

Ensures items you action in the Holding File remain visible until you close the Holding File, at which time they are saved to the patients' record.

Prompt for Clinical Details

Prompts you to 'Enter Clinical Details' when selecting the pathology tests.

Prompt for Request Paper

Prompts you to insert Pathology Paper when printing pathology requests. This is convenient should you not have a multi-tray printer.

Print Comment On Lists

Select this check box to print the doctor's comment, instead of the patient's address when printing lists from the Investigations Correspondence window.

Print Medicare Number if Not Direct Billed

Select this check box to print the patient Medicare number in the laboratory section of the request.

Print Results in Monochrome

Use this option if the printing of pathology results appear faded on some lines.

Show Scan/Import Correspondence in Holding File

When ticked, any documents you scan/import into the Scan/Import Correspondence window will also immediately be available to the Holding File.

When un-ticked, you must manually indicate which documents within the Scan/Import Correspondence window are available to the Holding File.

Hide actioned items in the Holding File

Display only items that have not been actioned in the Holding File.

Include Patient Header on Printouts

Sets the default for printing the patient's demographic data that appears at the top-left of an item result, as shown in the example below.  You can enable/disable this on-the-fly, via the Print button in any of the document-handling modules..

Default to eOrder service for ordering all SDS pathology/cytology tests

When accessing pathology or cervical cytology test ordering, the default system used will be eOrders.

 

 


Pathology Favourites

When recording a Pathology Request, the upper section of the default Pathology Request Portal window displays your 10 most-frequently used pathology requests. This list is not dynamically-generated, and must be defined by you in advance using the Pathology Favourites window, as shown following.

To record your Pathology Favourites:

1.     Click the button.

2.     The Pathology Favourites window appears.

 

3.     Remove a current entry by highlighting it and pressing the DELETE key on your keyboard.

4.     Type the new pathology request you want to appear in the favourites list.

5.     Click to confirm your entry.

 

 


Setup Provider Requests

To send and receive Investigations Request data electronically, you must configure MedicalDirector Clinical with the correct settings for each of the laboratories you correspond with. See Managing Communications for detailed information.