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Summer Webinars: Data Repository, NPR, 6.1 Reports Migration, and More

Written by Joe Cocuzzo, Senior VP of Report Writing Services, Iatric Systems

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We’re pleased to offer several MEDITECH Report Writing webinars this summer, free to hospital employees. Register to attend any or all these presentations from the comfort of your own office on the dates noted below. Scroll down for registration links and a description of each webinar:

  • NPR and Report Designer Tips & Tricks
  • 6.1 Reports Migration
  • Make Data Repository Reports More Attractive & Functional
  • DR Resource CenterTM Demonstration


NPR and Report Designer Tips & Tricks
July 12th, 2:00 p.m. ET
with Joe Cocuzzo

Joe will present a variety of handy tips and tricks. 

For good old NPR Report Writer (MAGIC and C/S):

  • Learn how to export a large amount of data in one report run by letting a report break output up into multiple files. For example, send 1 file per month from BAR for multiple years in one report run.
  • For extra credit, learn how to use FTP with append (MAGIC) or file utilities (C/S) to export a large amount of data into a set of files.
  • Learn quick techniques to use Edit Picture and Edit Elements to make your report screens smarter and handier.

For the new kid — Report Designer (RD):

  • RD has the equivalent of “MIS.SCREEN.print” — who knew? Print a PCS assessment in one step.
  • Learn how to use the RD report debugger (did you even know RD had one?)
  • Learn how to use a print rather than an export format for RD downloads. You don’t have to start from scratch when the user asks for an alternative download version of the RD masterpiece you just finished.
  • Create a flexible “grid” output from RD reports.
  • See examples of easier programming techniques in rules that use lists and nested lists.

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6.1 Reports Migration
July 17th, 2:00 p.m. ET
with Joe Cocuzzo

Migrating reports to the 6.1 platform (from MAGIC, C/S, or even 6.0) involves a complete re-write of any reports using data from modules that change to the M/AT environment. Instead of the few tweaks a hospital may need after NPR reports are batch converted during an upgrade from MAGIC to C/S, when a hospital converts to 6.1, you will need to write new reports with the Report Designer tool, or with SQL out of your Data Repository.

Joe will discuss 6.1 reports migration approaches, strategies, and pitfalls including:

  • How to create your “must have” list of reports (and why the “make departments responsible for that list” strategy will fail)
  • When to use Report Designer vs. SQL
  • How to use SQL and SSRS (or other SQL reporting tools) to create, control, maintain and distribute reports
  • Why to consider more than “what we are running now” when you migrate to new and different applications

And don’t overlook the need to review standard reports in the 6.1 platform. They may have changed, and the new version on the 6.1 platform might not suit your end users’ workflow. The tendency to leave reporting needs until the last minute (or even post-go-live!) is hard to resist. Attend this session to learn how to avoid falling into that trap.


DR Resource CenterTM Demonstration
July 25th, 2:00 p.m. ET
with Thomas Harlan

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DR Resource Center™ is your one-stop shop for all things related to your MEDITECH Data Repository — it’s a technical resource, training center, report library, and customer forum, all in one. In it, you’ll find a central location where DR information and assistance is available to hospitals on any MEDITECH platform (6.1, 6.0, C/S, and MAGIC).

Come to this webinar to see its many benefits:

  • Training Videos and Documentation
  • Microsoft SQL Views
  • Microsoft SQL Stored Procedures
  • Library of SSRS Reports
  • Lookup Parameters
  • Toolkit of SQL Functions
  • Customer Forum

You’ll learn how DR Resource Center gives your hospital’s IT staff a jump-start on producing MEDITECH DR reports quickly and efficiently.


Make Your Data Repository Reports More Attractive and Functional
August 7th, 2:00 p.m. ET
with Jen Kelly

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Maintaining hundreds of reports in SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be!  

Centralizing items in your MEDITECH Data Repository such as background colors, font colors, and logos can make a big difference. Learn how to create a custom SQL table to hold these kinds of formatting items, and how to reference them in your SSRS reports. Making a change in the table will then automatically transfer to all reports using that stylized formatting. 

Imagine how pleased you will be when your hospital changes its name, logo, address, or favorite colors, and you can update hundreds of reports with a few simple dictionary edits instead of opening and modifying each one.

We will also cover tips and tricks in SSRS to WOW your end users and improve report readability — including but not limited to:

  • Repeating column headers on each page
  • Expression placeholders
  • HTML font formatting in text boxes
  • Dynamic date range parameters


If you need more help…

Our Report Writing team can help you fix reports, create new ones, make old ones run faster, and much more. Simply reach out to your Iatric Systems Account Executive, or Karen Roemer (karen.roemer@iatric.com), or click the button below to contact us and learn how we can help support your team!

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Topics: Report Writing Services, Report Writing Tips and Tricks, SQL, SSRS

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