PS Suite: Using Custom Vitals to Track eForms or eForm Answers

PS Suite automatically detects and records vitals typed within free-text chart notes. There are standard vitals and you can also create your own custom vitals. All vitals can be searched, queried in a reminder, graphed, embedded within flowsheets, and/or extracted for research/quality improvement purposes.

Built-in, standard vital tags include: BP, HR, T, Ht, Wt, HC, BMI.

To make a custom vital, put an @ symbol in front of a tag and use the same answer format for that tag. PSS will log anything in this format as a custom vital. For example, @MyCustomVital: OneWordResult. Be careful to watch out for spaces!

Examples of VALID Custom Vitals:

  • @PHQ-9: 20
  • @ExerciseMinutesPerWeek: 30
  • @EmailConsent: Granted

Examples of INVALID Custom Vitals:

  • VitalWithoutPrecedingTag: 1
  • @Vital Name With Spaces: 1
  • @VitalResultWithSpaces: My Result
  • Capturing eForm Answers as a Custom Vital

    • In order to ensure that your value is captured in PS Suite as a custom vital, simply format the clinical note associated with the question you want to track in custom vital format.
    • Note: If only "@MyCustomVital" is appears in the clinical note, it won't be logged as a custom vital. You can still search for this text within the chart, but it may be more useful to invent a simple value to place after a vital, such as: @MyCustomVital: Done. Also note that custom vitals can only be a single word - you can't have any spaces in the value.
Searching for a Specific Custom Vital Creating Reminders for a Specific Custom Vital
  • Custom vitals can be very helpful in tracking many patients' answers to a specific survey question because they can be tracked using searches.
  • To search for a custom vital, add a new search.
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