Sidebar Charting Tools

A "sidebar" is available in most patient charts, in most clinical contexts (inpatient, outpatient, etc.). It can be collapsed or expanded. When open, it facilitates quick access to information that can help with charting tasks performed in the main (centre) chart area. The sidebar can also be used to complete charting tasks, while the centre views are used to gather and review needed information.

Inpatient Sidebar Index

Patient charts opened in Hyperspace to an inpatient context (ER or admitted patients) have a default sidebar view topped with an "Inpatient Sidebar Index". This supports rapid switching between different sidebar activities. All of the linked activities can be found by other means. The intent of the sidebar is to bring commonly needed tools to the forefront for rapid access.

There are two columns, each with multiple rows containing links that, when selected, jump to an indicated activity. Links can have one or more of three parts, each performing different actions when selected (clicked):

  • Left arrow - An arrow character pointing left signifies that a related activity can be opened in the main (centre) Hyperspace panel.

  • Activity name - A central phrase or abbreviation gives a rough indication of the information that will appear in the sidebar if the link is selected.

  • Right arrow - In some cases, actionable activities (e.g., editing tools) can be opened in the sidebar itself, accessed by selecting the right arrow, if present.

Available links within the Inpatient Sidebar Index may vary, depending upon patient (e.g., pediatric) and provider (e.g., specialty) characteristics. Links may vary over time as new charting efficiencies are discovered. Common activity links include:

  • Checklists

      • Also the default or home sidebar view, this shows daily, admission and discharge checklists as well as a transition planning section that provides key discharge readiness information and a number of "hotspot" links for just-in-time access to relevant tools.

      • Left arrow - Opens the physician checklist tab within the inpatient Summary activity.

  • Treatment Team

      • Highlights the current inpatient attending provider, involved specialty teams and inpatient treatment team.

      • Left arrow - Opens the care team activity in the centre panel.

  • Problems & History

      • Succinct summaries of hospital problems (grouped by priority), as well as medical, surgical, family and social histories.

      • Left arrow - Opens the problem list and history activity in the centre panel.

      • Right arrow - Opens the problem list and medical history editing tools in the sidebar so that information can be rapidly abstracted from information (e.g., Netcare reports) appearing in the centre panel.

  • Problem Oriented Charting (POC)

      • The POC sidebar gives a quick overview of key charting content that builds as a byproduct of problem-oriented charting workflows. The prose has many clickable hotspots (links, dark blue font) that open relevant tools that speed the generation of POC content. This sidebar is designed to work in concert with the problem-oriented charting centre panel activity.

      • Left arrow - Opens the problem-oriented charting activity in the centre panel.

      • Right arrow - Opens the Hospital Course (i.e., inpatient Wiki-like record of key developments and milestones, a key part of summative documents) for editing in the sidebar, which eases the preparation of a succinct hospital course note while reviewing other clinical material in the centre panel.

  • Medications & Adverse Reactions

      • Summarized allergy, adverse reaction, hospital and home medications, with hotspots that generate additional pop-up information displays.

      • Left arrow - Opens the medication activity in the centre panel.

      • Right arrow - Opens the home medication review activity in the centre panel.

  • Medication Administration Record (MAR)

      • Shortened listing of recent medication administration times, routes and actions.

      • Left arrow - Opens the main MAR in the centre panel.

  • Vitals, Input & Output, Lines

      • Recent vitals, diet orders, intake and output records, and lines/drains/airways inventory are listed.

      • Left arrow - Opens the main inpatient vitals flowsheet in the centre panel.

  • Consents & Blood Product Administration

      • All information related to blood product consents, orders and administrations is listed in summary displays.

      • Left arrow - Opens the main patient consents activity in the centre panel.

  • Recent Results

      • Recent (last 24-48 hours) glucometry, laboratory and oxygen measurements are listed together with a link for placing a "timestamp" to indicate that this information is reviewed and no longer "new".

      • Left arrow - Opens the inpatient laboratory results review activity in the centre panel.

  • Early Warnings

      • Provides MEWs or PEWs calculations and warnings, together with a summary of the source data.

      • Left arrow - Opens the inpatient early warning system activity in the centre panel, age-appropriate.

  • Risks & Screenings

      • Summarizes risks for unintended readmission, frailty scale report, and travel and exposure screening results.

      • Left arrow - Opens the readmission risk activity in the centre panel.

      • Right arrow - Opens the frailty scale as a pop-up for editing.

  • Billing & Notes

      • Brings "my sticky note" (personal post-it style comments), specialty sticky note (shared by members of specialty), note to most responsible provider (equivalent of "doctors board" rounding to-dos) and care team sticky note in one place, followed by a summary of personal billings and notes recently filed for the current patient.

      • Left arrow - Opens the professional service code (billing) activity for charge capture in the centre panel.