by Joel Berman
What’s the FOCUS blog all about? In the past few weeks we’ve written a number of articles on all different aspects of FOCUS. This is a good thing as different aspects appeal to different readers. Our plan is as follows:
1. Technology and Business
Frank Fortner and I will continue to talk about the technology of FOCUS (versus MAGIC). Many of you want to understand more about the underlying data structure and the way FOCUS applications work. Frank and I also will talk about the latest FOCUS news and the business of FOCUS. For example, in my last post, I mentioned some stats that an informed source revealed to me about the number of sites that have signed up to convert to FOCUS and what that means to you.
2. Report Writing
The first FOCUS sites haven’t had to worry much about report writing because MEDITECH was willing to create most of the reports they needed. However this clearly isn’t going to continue and you’ll need to write your own reports using the FOCUS Report Designer (FRD). Expect a posting or two from Joe Cocuzzo soon about the status of FRD including basic questions such as whether it even works.
3. Application Review
Two of our clinical analysts, Michelle Schneider and Janet Clarke, will be writing reviews of the applications. They aren’t programmers and frankly aren’t as interested in the technology as much as what does the change to FOCUS do for clinicians on the front line of caring for patients. Michelle has already written one post about lack of customization options and Janet wrote about the improvements to the user dictionary.
4. Other Aspects
Whenever we need to pull in someone else from our staff for contributions, we intend to do so. Mike Devoe, the creator of ScriptLink, contributed his thoughts in a recent posting on writing scripts for FOCUS applications.
As always we welcome your comments and opinions. As most of you know, I’m not afraid to express mine.