Essentially every table that you access in the Meditech DR has a SourceID field embedded as part of the primary key. If you are a single facility system, you generally wind up having only a single value for your SourceID across all tables and modules.
As you work with Meditech BAR 6.15, you may find yourself needing to identify the GL Account that a payment or adjustment posts to. And then… you find that the appropriate field in the non-charge procedure dictionary has a dynamic string definition stored in it, instead of a specific GL Account number.
As you work with calculations in SQL, eventually you’re going to get caught up (particularly when trying to output the data to a file, for a vendor) by the T-SQL rules around maintaining a proper number of significant digits in the results of a calculation. Generally speaking, SQL does not want to lose any validity in the data, so it is going to expand the number of significant figures to “keep” everything.
One of the upsides / downsides of deploying SQL Server Reporting Services to your customers is that it allows them to Export data from a published report (or a subscription to a report) to a file. You can also send the data by email, though that functionality is disabled by default.
T-SQL contains within it a module which lets you generate XML data directly from SQL. No concatenating strings or building the XML layout by hand required!
Over the (relatively) long history of T-SQL and SQL Server, when we (as programmers) needed to format a date or a number inside our SQL we primarily had access to two commands:
In the course of working with the DR, you’re going to wind up setting up scheduled jobs through SQL Agent, and – inevitably – you’re going to want to calculate job durations to see what is running long, perhaps unexpectedly so.
In certain situations, it may be desirable to make additional documentation available to the user at runtime. SSRS parameters can be leveraged for this purpose.
On occasion there is a need for rows on a report to be conditionally hidden or visible based upon an expression that is determined when the report is run. One example of this type of functionality can be shown within a report displaying the assessments for a patient. Each of the assessments can have a set of questions attached.
This tip is a shout-out to all the reporting folks still working with MEDITECH C/S or Magic from the DR! However, the concepts we’re going to explore apply to 6.x and Expanse as well as any other system where you need to group sets of values and then select one group.