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VA Code in Flight Submission - Existing Product Intake Program (EPIP) Intake 016 NSR20131108 OR*3.0*422 code and docs
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Submitted by OIT EPMO EPMD ACOE Tools Operations Open Source Service on 04-29-2016.
The NSR20131108 Remove List Manager Restrictions on Mnemonics intake modification allows the use of special characters (particularly punctuation) within the Order Menu Management Menu Editor. A previous VistA patch disallowed use of special characters. That patch was intended to prevent display problems within ListManager; however, most sites are using the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) Graphical User Interface (GUI) and the inability to utilize punctuation can negatively impact the clarity of menu options and instructions.

This modification restores the ability to use certain special characters in Order Menu Management so that users can more clearly specify order menu options.

Use of the following special characters will now be allowed: hyphen (-), comma (,), and equal sign (=). Use of the caret (^) and semicolon (;) are still restricted because they are used as field delimiters in VistA.

Additional changes will be made to the Data Dictionary elements of the ORDER DIALOG (#101.41) file to modify the Help displayed when entering a question mark at a VistA prompt. The affected fields are:

* ORDER DIALOG (#101.41) file, DISPLAY TEXT (#2) field
* ORDER DIALOG ITEMS (#101.412) file, DISPLAY TEXT (#4) field

This intake has been implemented locally at the VA centers in Fargo, ND; Sioux Falls, SD; Meade, MD; Minneapolis, MN; Omaha, NE; Richmond, VA; St. Cloud, MN; Seattle, WA; Milwaukee, WI; Hot Springs, AR; Des Moines, IA; and Iowa City, IA.

The NSR for this intake addresses the following requirement:
* VHBAO: NEED3045 Provide the ability for the users to include punctuation and other special characters in CPRS order menu notes.

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