Method and system for flexibly organizing, recording, and displaying medical patient care information using fields in a flowsheet

DC CAFC
  • US 5,682,526 A
  • Filed: 07/20/1995
  • Issued: 10/28/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/20/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method in a computer system for designing, under the control of a user, a patient information hierarchy, the hierarchy containing a plurality of parameters including a linked-from parameter having a linked-from possible result value that is linked to one or more linked-to parameters, the method comprising the steps of:

  • (a) receiving an instruction from the user to create a new parameter within the patient information hierarchy;

    (b) in response to step (a), creating a new parameter within the patient information hierarchy;

    (c) receiving an instruction from the user to specify a plurality of indicated possible result values for the new parameter;

    (d) in response to step (c), specifying the indicated possible result values as possible result values of the new parameter;

    (e) receiving an instruction from the user to link an indicated linked-from possible result value among the possible result values of the new parameter to one or more indicated linked-to parameters contained within the patient information hierarchy; and

    (f) in response to step (e), within the patient information hierarchy, linking the indicated linked-from possible result value to the indicated linked-to parameters, such that the new parameter is a linked-from parameter, and such that, when the new parameter is displayed for a particular patient, if the new parameter has the linked-from possible result value, the linked-to parameters are displayed in conjunction with the new parameter.

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