Astronaut Adds Telemed Support, More Powerful Supervision Tools

Astronaut has added new features to support telemedicine and more powerful practitioner supervision tools.

. We’ve added patient skype-id, phone number, and email recording at patient registration to support multiple patient care modalities from the start.  Registration for DNA psychiatry medication efficacy cheek-swab test requires patient phone number entry.
. Stay tuned for more support for Psychiatry DNA testing in the near future!
. One click copying the skype id to the clipboard for telemedicine sessions for easily finding and calling your telemedicine patients on skype. Worldwide search for THAT John Smith or Jane Doe no longer necessary.
. We have also tweaked the practitioner supervision tools to include fast verification of eRX refill! Medication Last Refill date now appears on Select Patient to verify medication approvals have been done. Simply arrow through the patient list to check that refill has been done or not done by a certain date. This is great for Nurse Practitioner supervision so that medication refills don’t get ‘stranded’.
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The new client is here:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/astronaut/files/Astronaut%20VistA%20Client%20Installers/  BETA/astronaut_clients.BETA.15.11.06.exe/download

Astronaut Supports ICD-10, Adds New Features, 1 Year of eRX

Astronaut now supports ICD-10.  Signing PIN reset into TMG-CPRS, 1 year of eRx including Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS).

Astronaut now supports ICD-10. We’ve also put changing document signing PIN into TMG-CPRS on the Tools menu so that the user does not have to go into the text-based interface to change their signing PIN. Changing signing PIN is was a difficult undertaking for most users and even more difficult to provide support for. That problem has now disappeared.

Upgrading an Astronaut server to ICD-10 requires a major upgrade. That major upgrade is best obtained from the WorldVistA 501c3 organization through purchasing a multibuild. You also have to be licensed for CPT codes from the American Medical Association. The current base Astronaut server does not and legally cannot distribute these.
We will keep you appraised of how ICD-10 works with Astronaut in the near future.
It has been 1 year since Astronaut began eRX including Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS).  Conclusion 1: I won’t go back to paper prescribing. Conclusion 2: eRX is not perfect and has plenty of glitches some software and some human. Conclusion 3: Despite its problems, eRX can improve while paper can’t.

Astronaut has the Power Tools for PA and NP Supervision

Both inpatient and outpatient, comprehensive paperless distance supervision with Astronaut has been clinically tested and optimized for performance and safety.

With Astronauts addition to and performance tuning of Astronaut VistA, the work flow is optimized for both results and efficiency for supervision of Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. From patient registration, note creation and monitoring, to Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) and billing clinicians can efficiently and effectively supervise Physician Assistants and Nurse practitioners with Astronaut.

Astronaut has the  clinical power tools for PA and NP Supervision.

Astronaut Advanced Billing, Supervision, and eRX Lists

Astronaut has unlocked the power of advanced billing list functions that works at multiple locations. This is great for any practice, any size, any billing package including inpatient.  This is useful for PA or NP supervision or eRX handling or heterogenous billing situations over multiple locations. Billing is much easier and less labor intensive with Astronaut!

Astronaut VistA 13.06 is Out

Lots of upgrades and bug fixes. Nearly everything has been refreshed. The latest GTM 6.0002, Fileman 22.2, WorldVistA/dEWDrop 5, tmg-cprs has bug fixes, the latest vitals .dll, treatment plans, improved template math, images in notes. The usual Astronaut goodness: ability to easily install and use arbitrary Linux distributions, migrate, backup, upgrade, up to date Enterprise Web Developer. Installation guide is here.

Astronaut VistA Installer Suite 12.10 (Glenn) Released

Astronaut 12.10 (Glenn) Astronaut VistA Installer Suite is a easy install package for VistA.

More information here.

  • Latest MSC Fileman 1043. It is now located in routines directory no longer in patches directory.
  • Latest dEWDrop based distribution with VA VistA patches up to early 2011 (thanks to all).
  • Latest Enterprise Web Developer with easy to install yum or apt-get install ewd-astro (gets you all the way to a browser session) https encryption installed by default.
  • Regression tested and bug fixes so that all the TMG goodies work (tmg-cprs, VistA-config).