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SQL + SSRS Tip: Avoid Trouble with DATETIME, DATETIME2 in SSRS Reports

In the MEDITECH report writing world, an old, old “gotcha” for database programmers is to write a report query that selects by Discharge Date, and then when the end-users run the report, they eventually realize that they are only getting patients discharged on the last date of the report range at exactly midnight.

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NPR Tip: Custom Dictionary Lookups in NPR Reports

Teach a man to fish… One of my staff needed to create a custom lookup in a MEDITECH NPR report to show the "mapped from" and "mapped to" values for a particular BAR.CLAIM map, and he asked me, “Have you ever done that?”

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SQL Tip: Using MEDITECH Date Mnemonics in SSIS

One of many nice things about the MEDITECH system is the availability of date mnemonics that you can use, either when running reports interactively, or when scheduling them. But this functionality is not available in SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) or in SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) by default.

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SQL Tip: How to Remove MTDD-style Formatting from TextLines

This example is based on how discharge text data is formatted in the MEDITECH MAGIC Data Repository (DR).

In the continuing saga of trying to recreate patient discharge instructions from the DR, I discovered that among the complications is detecting where line breaks should actually go.

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Summer Webinars: Tips n Tricks, 6.1 Reports Migration, and More

At International MUSE in May, our report writing educational sessions were a hit once again. We presented two sessions:

  • NPR and Report Designer Tips n Tricks
  • 6.1 Reports Migration
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PHI and MEDITECH’s Data Repository

To address HIPAA, MEDITECH added logging of access to PHI via reports and all applications, and added that level of detail to MIS user activity logs. So, if you run an NPR, RD, or standard report and the report contains PHI, the run user and the set of patients in the output is logged. MEDITECH has a field in their “programmer” NPR Report Writer routine where they can defeat logging, and that makes sense for big exports where the run user just set up the scheduled report run, but otherwise MEDITECH has fairly comprehensive tracking of access to PHI via most reports.

But what about Data Repository (DR) reports? 

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NPR Tip: Various “Gotchas” in MEDITECH field names

What's in a name?

In teaching NPR, RD, and SQL from DR, a big chunk of my time is spent helping students figure out where data is kept (for example, which segment in NPR), and then what field names are called. MEDITECH segment structures and field names are built “by hand” by the application developer, which results in some unfortunate inconsistencies that make our Report Writing lives harder. This post examines MEDITECH field naming across applications, identifies some various “gotchas” to be aware of, and provides some tips for how to overcome those challenges.

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DR Tip: A Dynamic Extract Documentation Template

This blog post is designed for readers who use MEDITECH’s Data Repository.

As part and parcel of developing ETL extracts for vendors, it is often quite useful to build a technical specification first. In the case of vendor extract files that involve the hospital getting money back from the federal government (think 340B), I recommend that a proper file spec be mandatory.

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SQL Tip: How to Strip Repeating Delimiters from String

This is a small tip, but could be quite useful on the days you need it.

Particularly when you work with MEDITECH 6.x PCS data, you will often encounter query response values that look like this:

{|||,30+3/40 Emergency|||||LSCS|Apgar 4/1 7/5}

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SSRS Tip: Adding a Pipe-delimited option to SSRS Export Destinations

End users are very fond of running reports in SSRS and exporting the results to a variety of formats. Excel is probably the most popular, but invariably there will be other formats needed.

Unfortunately, in SSRS the list of other formats is limited. In particular, a pipe (|) delimited format is not available. But you can, if you are willing to update your SSRS configuration, add this yourself. The following approach has been tested through SSRS 2012. It may work in SSRS 2014+, but we have not yet confirmed it on that platform.

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