- a database which holds practices and maps practices to their favourite assays;
- a UI to maintain the database;
- a formatter to put the custom information onto requistion forms
In order to better support draw station operations, I upgraded our draw station software to accept the practice ID as part of the patient greeting process. This allows the draw station app to put up a web page which matches the paper requisition in the phlebotomist's hand.
So if they want to order the test which is the fourth box on the second row on the paper, they click on the fourth box on the second row of the screen.
Since the draw station procedure is to highlight the assays with a yellow marker as the assays are entered, to ensure entry accuracy, I mimic that on the screen: when a box is checked off, that assay has a yellow background.
The feedback was immediate and positive: the users who are not that comfortable with computers were instantly comforted by the close corelation of the physical and virtual.