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Your laboratory results, in one location

By Michelle Campoli, CVT, CVPM

Do you ever run a lab test like an in-house fecal or a glucose on a glucometer and wish the result would appear on the Lab tab of the Patient Clipboard with your other results? You can! Just follow these 3 simple steps for both setup and entry.

Setup
1. Define an age group for the appropriate species the lab entry will be made for under Lists > Species > Lab Age Groups.
Tip: For simplicity, use a single age range unless you need age specific default test ranges

2. Create a lab template under Activities > Lab Work > Templates
Tip: use ‘In House’ to group other manual entry templates together on the template list

3. Set Default High and Low Values under Activities > Lab Work > Default Test Ranges


 
Entry
1. Go to Activities > Lab Work > Manually Enter Results
2. Enter the patient information and select the correct lab, staff, and template*
3. Enter in the Value field and click OK


* for those of you already using manual lab entry for tests such as bile acid results from an unintegrated lab, use the Chemistry template to access the BILE01, BILE02 and BILE03 tests

Your result is now on the Lab tab of the Patient Clipboard and the Diagnostics tab of the Daily Planner (see examples below). How cool is that? And as always, you can use F1 within Cornerstone for more help.

 

Michelle Campoli loves teaching people how they can do more with Cornerstone. When she’s not sharing her favorite tips and tricks in one of our Cornerstone user group meetings, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband, cat, and three retired greyhounds; playing in her kitchen and volunteering for her local greyhound adoption group.

5 ways Cornerstone makes going paperless easy

By Michelle Campoli, CVT, CVPM

Going paperless can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t need to be! Here are 5 tools within Cornerstone to help make the process easier:

1. Starter medical note templates
Cornerstone has medical note templates designed to help you easily create medical records and patient report cards. These documents can be used as-is or customized to your preferences. And they can be emailed, printed, or shared on Pet Health Network Pro Petly Pages with the click of a button. Templates include top reasons for visit like: skin/dermatology, ears, eye, limping/orthopedic, and vomiting. Plus, preventive care visits for all three of the life stages for both dogs and cats are also available.

2. AAHA Diagnostic Code list
A standard in the veterinary industry, this list is automatically available within the Cornerstone database for all recently install systems. If you don’t have the list, you can request to have it imported into your database here.

3. Daily Planner
One big barrier for going paperless is that doctors worry they will forget to finish their records if the physical chart is not on their desk. The Daily Planner is like a virtual desk that can be viewed for a specific staff ID (i.e. Doctor) or for all staff. Easy to use tabs (like stacks of charts) show patients that have checked-in, tentative medical notes (records you need to finish), incoming lab results and pending charges. Now your desk is always as close as the nearest computer!

4. Integrated diagnostics with VetConnect Plus and IDEXX PACS
If you have lab results and images within Cornerstone – congrats! Your already paperless! This information is stored in your patient’s electronic record, which means no more pages of results or hard films. All IDEXX results (reference lab or in-house) can be viewed side-by-side with VetConnect Plus directly through the Patient Clipboard or the Daily Planner. And all images can be viewed from any computer, how cool is that?

5. Touchscreen signature capture
Estimates and consents can be signed by the client electronically. The signed document is then stored within the patient record – pretty slick! All you need is a touchscreen laptop and Cornerstone 8.4 NEXT or higher, then follow these steps:

  • Add electronic signature options to your estimate defaults (Controls > Defaults > Practice & Workstations > Estimates)
  • Ensure consent forms are setup as a document type (not title, or print only)
  • Use the client signature bookmark

Plus staff signatures can also be stored under Lists > Staff > Signature. Then use the staff signature with password bookmark on any needed document’s.

 

Michelle Campoli loves teaching people how they can do more with Cornerstone. When she’s not sharing her favorite tips and tricks in one of our Cornerstone user group meetings, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband, cat, and three retired greyhounds; playing in her kitchen and volunteering for her local greyhound adoption group.

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