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Monday, October 12, 2015 12:00 PM

NPR Tip: Client/Server “Echo Name” feature

Written by Joe Cocuzzo, Senior VP of Report Writing Services - iatricSystems

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In an earlier blog tip I showed how to add an “Echo Name” feature to a MAGIC NPR report, but I did not show a method to do the same thing for Client/Server because I assumed I’d need to use the %NPR.UI programs to write data to the screen and fight the Syntax Checker, which attempts to block any calls to %NPR.

One of my staff, Ken Mohr, happened to read the tip and sent me the following easy technique you can use in a report to echo the name below the mnemonic.

First you add a computed field below the mnemonic field with an “IG” (Ignore) selection operator.



We are then going to attach an “AFI” attribute to the first field and call @Display() to get the name to echo. Unfortunately in the most recent versions of C/S, the syntax checker for screen attributes will object to this, so we cannot do it this way (which worked for Ken at a 5.66 C/S site):

Instead we have to write a macro attached to our report, built as a program:

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Then we can use the Edit Elements routine to edit the mnemonic field, so that our program to display the name will execute after input in the mnemonic field.

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The field gets an IFE=”” so the cursor won’t stop there:

When we run the report, after a doctor mnemonic is selected, the name displays in the “display only” field we have created below the mnemonic field on the selection screen.

Macros even through 6.07 C/S NPR seem to allow calls to @Display().

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P.S. AFI attributes are not allowed in a MAGIC NPR report screen.

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