Using macros with Vision - gp

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Using macros with Vision
Brad Cheek
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Plan
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What are macros?
Why are they useful?
What software do I need?
Pitfalls and problems
Using macros in practice
• Principles
• Designing a macro
• Demonstration of my macro system
What are macros?
Why are they useful?
• Speeds up data entry
• Less use of computer during the consultation
• Saves time
• Accuracy of data entry
• More complete data entry
• Avoid boring repetitive tasks
What do I need?
• A macro recorder and player
• Keyboard express
• Macro express
• Some time to fiddle about
Differences between:
General Information
Keyboard Express
Macro Express
Price
$24.95
$39.95
Web Page
www.keyboardexpress.com
www.macros.com
Differences between:
Feature
Keyboard Express
Macro Express
Macro Activation
Hot Key, Scheduler
Hot Key, Shortkey, Window, Mouse,
Scheduler, Window Control, Command
Line
Support Mouse Clicks and Moves
No
Yes
Support If / Then Conditionals
No
Yes (very useful)
Support for Variables
No
Yes (very useful)
Support for Text File Processing
No
Yes
Support for Error Logging
No
Yes
Email macro functions
No
Yes
Macro Building
Record, Editor
Record, Script Editor, Direct Editor,
Wizard
Popup or Floating Menus
No
Yes (very useful)
Password protection of macros
No
Yes (stops others fiddling!)
Window Control commands
No
Yes (very useful)
Number of macros per macro file
500
No fixed limit
Number of macro commands
99+
500+
Pitfalls and problems
• Macros are only as good as your programming!
• Getting it to work can be frustrating
• Sometimes Vision doesn’t respond in the same
way in identical situations
Using macros in practice
• Principles
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Set up consultation manager carefully
Have an overview of what you want to do
Choose shortkeys carefully
Use a key chart for the keyboard
Develop a help file
Some design options
• System tray
• Popup windows
• Floating windows
Using macros in practice
• Designing a macro
• Plan it out first (on paper)
• Use a stepwise approach
• Error check as you go
Some macros - key charts
Numeric keypad - Mail Manager
7 Appt PN
8 Midwife to action 9 Open pt record
4 Appt HCA
5 Abn but satis
+ Popup
6 Appt NP
1 Tell pt normal 2 Appt GP
3 Actioned by clinician
0 Mark read/unread
. Next result
Help
F2
F3
List med hist Sel pt / Read
F8
F6
F7
F8
F5
List/add repeat
Refer
Start cons
New Rx
Med review
x-ray
Emerg c
Lab forms
Lab test due
Phone Pt
c
Admin c
Physio
Visit c
Check ref
Inactivate P
Email re pt
BNF
F9
F10
F11
F9
F10
F11
F12
Read
Guidelines
Reauth email
f/u Read
Problems
Reauth 1y
Plan
Add text
Print Rx
CTR ALT CTR
ALT
CTR
F4
List/add acute
CTR ALT CTR
ALT
CTR
Macro help
Move to P
F7
F12
SH
F1
F6
SH
F1
F1
Enter
Tog rec
Opport
Some macros in Vision
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macros\vision_clinical.mex
macros\helpfiles\clinical macros helpfile.htm
macros\vision_admin.mex
macros\helpfiles\admin macros helpfile.htm
Creating an example macro
www.gp-training.net/it
Vision resources – macros and helpfiles

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