As an open-source project, NOSH gets inspiration from a variety of physician-led ideas. Actually incorporating them in the ethos of keeping NOSH simple and easy to use is the fun part for me. So one of the ideas that came out of the idea of having a visible timeline (similar to a Facebook page) for a patient is something that Dr. Rob Lamberts suggested in one of his blog posts on KevinMD.
So one of the new features on NOSH 1.84 that recently got pushed on GitHub has this timeline feature. Using the Live Demo will give you the best experience for what that is like. However, I’ll briefly go over what it does.
When you click on Timeline when you enter a patient’s chart, you’ll be instantly given a window that pulls in all the encounters, medications, immunizations, allergies, problem lists, medical history, surgical history, and test results in a linear timeline fashion. The feature is both easy to use for those using a mouse or with touch devices using a swiping function.
When clicking on the timeline item, it will then take you directly to the encounter that generated this historical item, if there is one associated with it. For most providers, having that timeline just visible (you can see it whenever you’re already charting an encounter or just perusing in the chart) with a click on the left hand side makes it easy for all providers to have this in a ready-access, and not overly inundating manner. Of course it’s a start, but as an open-source project, there is always a way to improve on it. Keep the suggestions going!
Below are the screenshots for this feature: