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CHADIS Release 8

Baltimore, MD: 16 April 2007 We are pleased to announce a new version of CHADIS with some exciting new features! Some of the most important new features are listed below.

  1. Spanish user interface translation for respondents.

    Native Spanish speaking respondents will now be able to switch to our new Spanish-language user interface. Most CHADIS pages now have a "Cambiar al espaņol" (switch to Spanish) link in the upper-right-hand corner. Switching to Spanish is as simple as clicking on that link. Once in Spanish, the user can switch back to English using the "Switch to English" link.

    Only selected questionnaires are currently available in Spanish. The Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC 17-item) is the only questionnaire available in Spanish at this time. In the future, we will be releasing other questionnaires in Spanish as well.

  2. Patient invitation codes and email notification.

    Invitation codes are used to get new users into CHADIS and associated with your office in order to create patients and answer questionnaires. Our new "patient" invitation codes are used the same way, but allow the user of the patient invitation code to be linked directly with a patient instead of creating a new one.

    This is very useful when you already have a patient in CHADIS but want a new respondent to answer questionnaires. For instance, if you have a patient in CHADIS already but want to have one of the patient's teachers fill-out a questionnaire, you can give them a patient invitation code. This will allow them to create their own login and immediately be associated with the patient. Existing respondents can also use patient invitation codes to become a respondent for an additional patient.

    Creating a patient invitation code can be done in 3 easy steps:

    1. Login to CHADIS and pull up the patient's record.
    2. Click the new "invite" link in the "Respondents" section.
    3. Fill-out the invitation form.

    The invitation form allows you to explicitly set the relationship of the respondent to the patient if you wish to do so. You can also set the longevity and number of uses allowed. Since patient invitations allow the recipient to gain access to an existing patient, you should be very careful about who receives them. We recommend that you set the longevity of these patient invitation codes to the shortest period of time you can. If the invitation expires, you can always create another one.

    Optionally, you can send an email notification directly to the recipient. You will need to know their email address in advance. Simply enter their name and email address on the form, as well as any extra text you want as a personal message. The message template used will contain a short message requesting that the recipient go online to answer some questions; this message also includes a link to CHADIS, the invitation code that you created, and contact information for you and your office.

    Note that, for privacy reasons, the patient's name is never mentioned in this email message.

  3. Private reports and report comments.

    When you create a report, you may now mark it as "private". Private reports are not visible to any other user, even within your own office or practice. Private reports are displayed with a distinctive icon on the patient screen so you can tell them apart from normal reports.

    Within a report, any new comment may me marked as "private". A private comment will not be visible to any other user, even within your own office or practice.

    Note that comments on private reports are already private, since nobody else can see the report.

    Also be aware that any private comments /you/ make will be displayed on your printable report so you may wish to ask another user to print that report if you don't want your private comments to be visible. (A future version of CHADIS will allow you to hide these comments on the printable report.)

  4. Questionnaire details and preview.

    You can now get details for any questionnaire from several places within CHADIS. The "add automatic assignment" and "assign questionnaire" screens have small question-mark icons next to each questionnaire's name. Clicking on these icons will pop-up the details for that questionnaire. These details include a description of the questionnaire, recommended ages, authors, references, and a preview of the questions as the respondent will see them.

    Questionnaires shown on a report also have the same icon next to each one, so you can take a quick peek at the details of a questionnaire from within a report as well.

  5. Questionnaire references for diagnoses on reports.

    Provisional diagnoses have always been displayed in the "Summary of Results" section of the report's History page. We have added information to each of these diagnosis displays that you can see by clicking the new plus-icon next to the diagnosis' name. Clicking that icon will expand the details of the diagnosis which include the questionnaire whence it came, when and by whom it was assigned, and when and by whom it was completed.

    The name of the questionnaire is a link which will display a pop-up of the questionnaire responses. There is also a "details" link next to the name of the questionnaire so you can get extra information about the questionnaire (see #4 above).

  6. Exclude unassociated patients when searching by doctor.

  7. Some patients are not associated with any doctor. Those patients were included with the search results regardless of which doctor you chose. If now you check the "exclusive" box next to the doctor drop-down, these unassociated patients will no longer be displayed in the search results.

  8. New "Childcare Provider" relationship.

    Respondents can now have a relationship of "childcare provider" to patients for cases where that type of relationship is appropriate.