What’s a printable, tabbed software for medical records?

roz graham April 14, 2015
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Hi, I’m looking for software to write a medical narrative (patient histories) template for use with Windows 8.1.

I have a new Window 8.1 PC (which I hate because I’m an Apple gal) but there weren’t other options because my doctor husband’s office uses the Windows format only.

It doesn’t have any software on it that I can use to make the template and before I buy anything I thought I’d ask the experts. I’ve already purchased a program to write the necessary macros needed for the main body of the narrative. And I’ve already written the macros now I need the format/template/program to put them in.

What I’m looking for is software to develop a template with tabs across the top of the page (with pull down lists) so I can add the macros in each pulled down page, not necessarily filling them out in order, but then have the report print out in order according to the tab list when printed. That way my husband can start the report in the office and finish or edit the report at home. Using a template will allow me to repeat the process for each patient.

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  1. Kannon Y
    April 15, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    My understanding is that macros are unique to a particular office suite. Microsoft has its own version of macros -- so if you were looking to export a macro between various iterations of Micrsoft's office suite, that should be no problem (although it may require a specific kind of process). If you were looking to migrate to another database or spreadsheet solution (like OpenOffice or LibreOffice), it might require some conversion. However, it sounds like you are using a macro generator app, which can export macros to a variety of different formats.

    It also sounds like you're looking for an extension for Microsoft Excel or Access that makes it more printer friendly. I believe the features you are looking for are available within Microsoft Access, but with heavy customization.

    Here's an article on Access's ability to create drop-down menus:

    http://www.gcflearnfree.org/access2007/7.5

  2. ha14
    April 15, 2015 at 10:31 am

    OpenEMR is a Free and Open Source electronic health records and medical practice management application that can run on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and many other platforms.
    http://www.open-emr.org/

    • roz
      April 15, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      the emr.org is not what I am looking for. I need a very specific template.

    • ha14
      April 15, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      how you want to add the macros if the software will not support the macros in questions? In which way you wrote the macros? maybe you need to ask someone to develop the specific software for you.

  3. Jan F.
    April 15, 2015 at 5:59 am
    • roz
      April 15, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      This software is not specific to my purposes. My narrative report is not in a general health area it is very specific. I'm looking for a very specific template. I just need to know what software I need to use to make it in. Existing health software is not what I need.

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