Usability Is Important

You are a user

You document visits every day and usability is important.

The more patients you can see in a day, the more good you can do.

The things that work against us seeing the most patients in a day should be fixed.

If we have less distractions from the person we are seeing, the visit will be better.

Clicks can become automatic but they are a distraction.

You know what you want to write or do and there are tugs and nudges that pull you away from it.

An electronic health record is a form connected to a database.

Usability matters

The more usable the form, the less you feel the nudges and tugs and the more you engage with the person who gave up time in their life to see you.

At some point will be irrelevant and obsolete.  By means of robots, or AI, or machine learning, or some other technology that is smarter than

But clinicians (users) need to acknowledge that usability is relevant.

Newish features

So here’s the new stuff on to show your clinical applications coordinator, EHR sales rep, IT person, or whoever else it is that’s somehow wedged themself into your workflow:

1) I made up something called “The Structured Data Index” because I have mental problems when I have to click on a lot of stuff. It goes from 0 to 1. 1 means that everything on the form is a click and 0 is paradise. It’s part of another thing which I called “Sandbox Metrics” which is just a tally of all the checkboxes and drop down items and other form parts. I may be wrong that a low Structured Data Index is good and I’m wrong about stuff all day every day. But at least you can see for yourself on the site and find and make forms and see which ones work for you and which don’t.

2) Since life isn’t perfect and we can’t live in a Structured Data Index of 0, it’s probably a good idea to have an idea of what each of those horrible clicks means. In purgatory, each click ends up in a database. So I borrowed a term for databases called the “Data Dictionary” and it displays the form as an outline (or more like a table I guess). Every form on the site (all the old ones and any new one you make today) has a Data Dictionary.  So – using this page as an example – I’ll show you the different views for every form on the site.

Where to choose form views.

This is a picture of where you pick the different views for the form

Live Form, Edit Markup, or Data Dictionary

This shows you the three options – Live Form, Edit Markup, and Data Dictionary.

Markup view

This is what happens when you click on ‘Edit Markup’.

Data Dictionary

This is what you see when you click (ugh.) on ‘Data Dictionary’!!!!

3) isn’t an electronic health record.  That would be nuts.  It doesn’t store anything you enter into it.If there’s some reason that you’d like to store the (yuck) structured data from your forms, you can download it as a CSV file and save it for some future masochistic purpose.  That’s a little easier to do now and some of the buttons make more sense than they did last year.


Click here to export or save as CSV

4) Or you could email the form content to yourself.

email form contents

click here to email results

5) Or you could make a form and send it out to people and have them send their response back to you so you have enough cookies and cakes at your party.  Because there’s always a shortage of cookies and cakes at parties.  Because is just a website for making and sharing forms.  Or you could do something to improve your cat.

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