The Connect Care clinical information system (CIS) uses "Navigators" to help prescribers navigate multistep workflows where it is otherwise easy to forget key requirements. Admission, transfer and discharge navigators are central to inpatient medical care. They hold key order entry, information review, problem reconciliation and medication reconciliation activities that must be completed in order for patients to progress across care transitions. For these workflows, the navigators should always be used.
Other specialties may use different navigators. For example, Pre-op and Post-op surgical navigators ensure that important preparations and follow-up are not missed when operative procedures are part of inpatient or outpatient care. Surgeons use a "Non-Surgical Navigator" to facilitate admissions when a procedure is not immanent.
Navigators usually appear as "Activities", which are present by default in, or can be added to, the activity tabs that appear when a chart is opened. The main navigators (e.g., Admission, Discharge) can be kept as favourites, displayed every time a chart is opened. Frequently used navigators can be made more prominent (right-click over navigator tab, then select "make important").
All navigators have a similar layout. Key tasks are organized in a menu-column at the left. The order is important, as those appearing lower often depend upon tasks listed higher in the navigator menu. It is best to start at the top and work one's way down.