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ePSS for iPad

Instructions for Use

OVERVIEW TOP

This document provides instructions for viewing the US Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations using an iPad device. The user can Search the database for specific recommendations using criteria filters including: age, sex, pregnancy status, tobacco use and sexual activity, Browse for all specific recommendations grouped by clinical topics or retrieve saved recommendations using Bookmarks. In addition, the user can Customize and Save Searches, Bookmark favorite recommendations and topics, and Email and Print results with, or without, patient or clinician personalization. A new feature of the ePSS enables the user to search for recommendations using a Keyword.

HOME SCREEN TOP

The home screen (Figure 1) provides the following navigation buttons:

Home Screen Figure 1: Home Screen

The Search for Recommendations option on the home screen is used to perform a targeted search for specific recommendations. Select the Search button "Search Button" to initiate a search. Optional search criteria, as shown in Figure 2, can be entered to filter results based on:

The Reset button "Reset Button" is used to clear the search criteria and start a new search; the Cancel button "Cancel Button" is used to return to the Search Results screen.

Search for Recommendations Screen Figure 2: Search for Recommendations Screen

Search Results Display and NavigationTOP

As shown in Figure 3, the current Search Criteria is displayed above the search results, followed by a list of all recommendations matching the search criteria grouped into six tabs: All, A, B, C, D, and I. The "All" tab is selected by default and displays all related recommendations. Selecting the Grade tab changes the display to include only recommendations for the corresponding grade level. In general, recommendations with grades A or B are grouped under the Category Recommended, grade C is grouped under the Category Selectively Recommended, grade D is grouped under the Category Not Recommended, and grade I is grouped under the Category Uncertain. An asterisk, "Grade Icon", in front of the recommendation, indicates that the old grade definition is associated. Selecting the Search Icon "Search Icon" displays a new search screen. The Browse "Search Button" and Bookmark "Bookmark Button" buttons enable the user to switch between search modes.

Search Results Screen Figure 3: Search Results Screen

Selecting a Recommendation in a Search Results list displays the Recommendation Details Screen (Figure 4), providing General Information about the Recommendation with the following tabs:

Recommendation Details Screen Figure 4: Recommendation Details Screen

Save Search TOP

The ePSS application provides the capability to save a search for later retrieval. Select the Save Search button "Save Search Icon" on the Search Results screen (Figure 3) to open the Save Search screen (Figure 5), and enter a title for the saved search and any additional notes. Select the Save button "Save Button", to save the search criteria and results list. Saved searches are accessed using the Information icon "Information Button" , as described below.

Save Search Screen Figure 5: Save Search Screen

Customized Search Results TOP

Search Results can be edited to produce a customized recommendations list by categorizing Recommendations as relevant and non-relevant. Recommendations designated as non-relevant are removed from the results list. Removal only reclassifies the Recommendation in the Results List without deletion. Recommendations are removed by swiping a recommendation (Figure 6) and selecting Remove button "Remove Button", to move the selected recommendation to the non-relevant recommendation list which appears at the bottom of the Results List. A recommendation can be moved back to relevant list by swiping the title and selecting Add button "Add Button". Customized Result Lists can be saved for later retrieval as previously described in SAVE SEARCH.

Customize Search Results Screen Figure 6: Customized Search Results Screen

BROWSE RECOMMENDATIONS BY TOPIC TOP

Browse by Topic displays recommendations by Clinical Topics, as shown in Figure 7. Browse by Topic can be initiated through selection on the Home screen, or by selecting the Browse button "Browse Button" on the Recommendation Search Results Display. The Topic Display is controlled using four tabs:

Topic List Screen Figure 7: Topic List Screen

Selecting a topic name displays the Specific Recommendations related to that Clinical Topic, as shown in Figure 8, and provides the following tabs:

Topic Details Screen Figure 8: Topic Details Screen

Browse Recommendations by GradeTOP

Browse by Grade displays recommendations grouped by Grades, as shown in Figure 9. Browse by Grade can be initiated through selection on the Home screen, or by selecting the "Browse by Grade" on Information list. The Grade display is grouped into six tabs: All, A, B, C, D, and I. The "All" tab is selected by default and displays all recommendations. Selecting the Grade tab changes the display to include only recommendations for the corresponding grade level. In general, recommendations with grades A or B are grouped under the Category Recommended, grade C is grouped under the Category Selectively Recommended, grade D is grouped under the Category Not Recommended, and grades I is grouped under the Category Uncertain. An asterisk, "Grade Icon", in front of the recommendation, indicates that the old grade definition is associated.

Grade List Screen Figure 9: Browse by Grade Screen

Selecting a Recommendation in a Search Results list displays the Recommendation Details Screen (Figure 10), providing General Information about the Recommendation with the following tabs:

Grade Details Screen Figure 10: Recommendation Details Screen

Email/Print/Bookmark ResultsTOP

Select the "Email / Print Button" icon to initiate Print and Email functions (Figure 11) from a results screen. Select the "Email" option to open the Compose a Message screen. Enter the recipient's email address, subject and send the email. Recommendations are included as an HTML attachment to the email message. The ability to email requires an appropriately configured and iPAD accessible email account.

Open the "Email / Print Button" icon and select the "Print" option to choose the printer, specify a page range, number of copies and print Search or Browse results as described above.

Similarly, select the bookmark icon "Bookmark Button" save Recommendations and Topics for later recall using the Bookmarks button "Bookmark Button".

Email Recommendation Screen Figure 11: Email/Print Options Screen

Bookmark Search TOP

Select the Bookmarks button "Bookmark Button" to open a list of bookmarked recommendations and topics, as shown in Figure 12. The bookmark titles are displayed by results type, Search and Browse by Topics. Bookmarked recommendations can be removed by highlighting the bookmark and selecting the bookmark icon "Bookmark Button". Selecting a bookmark displays the recommendation details, as appropriate for the Specific Recommendation or Topic. All Navigation and features appropriate for the type of bookmark are active when the bookmark results are displayed.

Bookmark Search Screen Figure 12: Bookmarks Screen

View/Print/Email Saved SearchesTOP

Choose the information icon "Information Button" (Figure 13), and select "Saved Searches", to view the list of saved searches (Figure 15).

Information Popover Screen Figure 13: Information Popover Screen

Select a saved search from the Saved Searches List, to view the search details (Figure 14).

Saved Search Details Screen Figure 14: Saved Search Details Screen

The saved searches can be emailed or printed. Swipe a saved search to display the Email & Print "Email Button" and Delete buttons "Delete Button" (Figure 15). Select "Email & Print", to display the Email and Print popover screen. Select the "Grades" option, to include the recommendations associated with Grade "A&B", or "All" Grades in the email or printed copy. Select "Full", to include all recommendation information, or "Topic only", to include the recommendation titles only. In addition, personalization data, as described below, can be included in the email or printout to provide a customized Rx look and feel for emailed and printed results.

Select the Delete button "Delete Button" to remove the selected search from the list.

Email & Print and Delete Buttons Figure 15: Email & Print and Delete Buttons

Personalization TOP

The Setting feature provided by ePSS can be used to enter information that is included in emails, and in the header of printed results. Select the "Settings" option on the Information popover screen (Figure 13), to open the Settings Screen (Figure 16).

Settings Screen Figure 16: Settings Screen

Figure 17 provides an example of personalized email attachments using the data entered into the Settings Screen (Figure 16).

Personalized Email Attachments Figure 17: Personalized Email Attachments

Figure 18 provides an example of personalized printouts using the data entered into the Settings Screen (Figure 1).

Personalized Printout Figure 18: Personalized Printout

Tools TOP

Based on recommendations from the USPSTF, these tools (Figure 19) are designed to help clinicians access information at the point of care. The ePSS application provides clinicians with a convenient mechanism for accessing available tools directly, without searching and viewing recommendations.

Select the Tools button on the Home screen, or select Tools from the information screen to view the USPSTF recommended screening tools, as shown in Figure 13. A cellular data or WiFi internet connection is required to access these tools.

Tools Screen Figure 19: Tools Screen

Keyword Search TOP

The ePSS application provides the capability to search recommendations using a keyword. Tap the Keyword button "Keyword Search Button" on the Toolbar (Figure 20) to open the Keyword Search field on the left. Enter a keyword and then tap "Search" on iPad keypad to view the search results listed by Clinical Topics. The matched keywords are highlighted.

Keyword Search Screen Figure 20: Keyword Search Screen

Information Screens TOP

The Information icon "Information Button" displayed on each ePSS screen can be used to display general information (Figure 13) about the ePSS application, and to access specific features and customization options including:

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