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Sensei Cloud Release 0.1.6678 (Part 1)

Sensei Cloud

Weekly Release

Build 0.1.6678  |  August 24th, 2021

This week’s Sensei Cloud updates continue to expand core application functionality and deliver on recent customer requests.

Bridging to Multiple Imaging Solutions 

Based on customer needs, Sensei Cloud now extends support for practices that use multiple image acquisition solutions within the same location. In other words, if your practice uses image acquisition hardware from different vendors / manufacturers, which each leverage their own supporting software, you can now easily bridge from Sensei Cloud to the associated solution. Via the existing Imaging Settings screen [Administration Tab > Imaging], you can now specify which (supported) image acquisition software solutions are used in each of your practice’s locations. Click ‘Edit Imaging Settings’ to modify the selected location’s configuration.

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When editing a location’s imaging settings, specify which of the (supported) imaging solutions are used within the location by checking each applicable option. Once checked, you need to specify the reference identifier used to map the patient record in Sensei Cloud to the same associated patient’s imaging records in the solution’s external database (e.g., matching the Sensei Cloud patient to his imaging repository for the selected imaging solution). Lastly, click the ‘star’ next to the imaging solution to serve as the default for the location. NOTE: For conversion customers, your conversion may have included additional ‘mapping field’ values for your associated imaging solutions. If not (or for non-conversion customers), you can choose to map Sensei Cloud patients using their Patient ID or External Reference ID.

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IMPORTANT: As noted in the Imaging Settings screen and the confirmation dialog when editing a location’s configuration, changing the identifier used to map patients to their imaging repositories in external systems result in unanticipated changes to the access of a patient’s images in the bridged, external imaging solution. It is suggested that, once set correctly, you should not change the ‘Map Patients Using’ value for the imaging solution and location pairing.

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If you have specified the use of multiple imaging solutions in your location, these options are available when acquiring new images. Click on ‘Acquire New Image’ [Patient Tab > Clinical > Images] to select which applicable imaging solution you would like to use to acquire a new image (or review existing images from). The ‘starred’ solution for the location will be selected by default, but you can choose from any of the location’s defined options. Finally, click ‘Launch Imaging’ to launch the associated image acquisition client and bridge over from Sensei Cloud. As with the current functionality, the associated patient’s repository will be opened in the imaging solution or a new patient repository will be created (if no match is detected).

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We hope that these updates improve the imaging and related clinical workflows for practices that use a mixture of imaging solutions within their locations. We look forward to your feedback on what works well and what additional enhancements might be useful.

Patient Questionnaires as Clinical Event Notes

In response to customer feedback, collected questionnaires can now be included as part of a patient’s clinical history, along with all of the patient’s clinical notes, diagnoses, and recorded events. This enhancement helps to bring more of the artifacts generated during the course of patient care into a singular clinical view, displayed as part of the clinical event notes in the Hard Tissue Chart, Treatment Chart, and so on. Using the custom patient questionnaire functionality, previously documented in the Build 0.1.6062 release notes (from April 20, 2021), you can determine which questionnaires to include as a clinical event note when collected.

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To ensure that collected questionnaire responses are displayed in a patient’s clinical history, simply flag the questionnaire template as a ‘Clinical Event’. You can do this when creating or editing a questionnaire template and clicking the associated option [Administration Tab > Templates > Questionnaire Template Library]. Once checked, the template will be available as an option when you click ‘Collect Data’ within a clinical context, such as the Hard Tissue Chart, Treatment Chart, or Orthodontic Clinical Summary [Patient Tab > Clinical > …]. NOTE: With this release, only questionnaire templates flagged as ‘Clinical Events’ will be available via clinical screens (e.g., Hard Tissue Chart, Treatment Chart, or Orthodontic Clinical Summary). All active questionnaire templates - including the ‘clinical’ ones - will be still available for use in general contexts, including the Patient Homepage and Questionnaires screens [Patient Tab > Home or Patient Tab > Questionnaires].

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When completing a questionnaire within a clinical context (e.g., the Hard Tissue Chart), you can now select from the defined list of ‘clinical’ questionnaire templates. Click ‘Collect Data’, search for or select an available template, and then click ‘Collect Responses’ to collect the patient data. Once the responses are completed and saved, the data is saved and a new clinical event note is added, displaying the template name (as a hyperlink) and the relevant audit trail information on the user that has performed the work. Left click on the hyperlink to view the questionnaire responses, which can also be updated or printed, as needed. NOTE: Copies of ‘Clinical’ questionnaire responses are also recorded and stored in the patient’s Questionnaires list [Patient Tab > Questionnaires], where all collected responses are saved - both ‘clinical’ and non-clinical. As previously described, ‘Clinical’ questionnaire responses are now also displayed and accessible within the patient’s clinical history.

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We hope that this enhancement to the patient questionnaires functionality improves your clinical documentation workflows and makes it easier to review clinically-relevant responses within the larger context of the patient’s history of care. Please let us know what additional enhancements can be made to further improve your clinical workflows.

 

[0.1.6678 RELEASE UPDATES CONTINUED ON PART 2]