OR*3.0*431 provides the following enhancements to VistA:
Enables healthcare providers to designate one or more default encounter locations to be displayed at the top of the provider’s Encounter Location selection list in the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) Provider & Location for Current Activities dialog box. Currently, an alphabetical list of all locations available in the HOSPITAL LOCATION file is displayed. This modification reduces the time necessary to select frequently used encounter locations and reduces the potential for erroneous selection of a location from a long list.
The modification also enables Clinical Application Coordinators (CACs) to select and manage default encounter locations on behalf of providers.
Restricts the display of available lab tests in CPRS to only those for which the ordering provider’s location matches the accession location for the test. Currently, all lab tests are allowed to be orderable items, even if the provider’s location does not match the accession location. If the provider inadvertently orders lab tests that cannot be performed at the local facility, then the tests are not accessioned, labels are not printed, and labs are not collected. There is no notification to the provider that an error has occurred.
This modification ensures that laboratory tests ordered at multi-divisional facilities can in fact be completed at the ordering provider’s local facility.
Automatically displays a message box when a healthcare provider opens a patient chart in CPRS. This is a mechanism for communicating information that is not part of the patient’s official medical record. Messages can be global (the same message appearing for all patients), or specific to one or a select group of patients.
The messages are maintained through a series of file maintenance options, using the following system flags: FLAG 1/FLAG 2 (standard message to be sent to a select group of patients), STATE VETERANS HOME (indicates SVH residence for a patient), LOCAL NOTICE (specific message for a specific patient), COMBAT (indicates Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) status), INELIGIBLE (indicates that the patient is ineligible for treatment at a VA facility), OBSERVATION (indicates that the patient is admitted and is in observation status), and NON-VESTED (indicates that the patient is eligible for a vesting visit)
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