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 PSS 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

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:

 

Setting Up Reminders for a Specific Custom Vital

Oftentimes users will want to set up a reminder to key on a particular custom vital. For example, you can check for "@EmailConsent: Granted" and show a reminder when it hasn't yet been done. In order to set this up, add a new reminder:

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