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CONFIGURABLE MULTI-FIELD SEARCH BASED ON DIGITAL IMAGING AND COMMUNICATIONS IN MEDICINE (DICOM) FORMAT PATIENT INFORMATION

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000194175D
Publication Date: 2010-Mar-19
Document File: 7 page(s) / 124K

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Abstract

The invention provides a Graphic User Interface (GUI) which enables a user to perform search operations on an electronic patient list by a single patient information attribute. A configurable fuzzy search is utilized in a broad and flexible scope. Further, the search method highlights search keywords in every matching item in a patient list.

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CONFIGURABLE MULTI-FIELD SEARCH BASED ON DIGITAL IMAGING AND COMMUNICATIONS IN MEDICINE (DICOM) FORMAT PATIENT

INFORMATION

FIELD OF INVENTION

The invention generally relates to Graphical User Interface (GUI) techniques and more particularly to a searching technique using a GUI which is easier to perform, reduces the complexity and time spent on the searching procedure as well as reduces the incidence of error.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

In a Graphic User Interface (GUI) for a digital X-Ray system, there are two methods by which search functionality is performed in an electronic patient list. The electronic patient list normally comprises various fields representing various patient attributes, such as patient name, Patient ID, age among others. The electronic patient list is utilized to search for relevant patient information. Generally, there are two methods by which this search function is performed. In one method, the input keywords for a specific patient information attribute are searched. The end user is required to select the relevant patient information attribute, such as patient ID, patient name, etc., for searching purpose. In another method, the required information is filtered from the electronic patient list. An advanced search by system category, date, patient status, and/or other patient information, such as patient ID, patient name, etc. is carried out.

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However, there are some limitations associated with the described methods. For example, when the user needs to start a search, the user has to perform two interactive operations. The user needs to select the patient information attribute to restrict the range of search. Then the user needs to input keywords to search. There is a possibility that the user may need to switch the selection in several special patient information attributes for every search, such as patient ID, patient name or date. Therefore, it becomes cumbersome and inefficient for a user to perform a quick search. Further, if the search result has multiple entries, there exist other associated problems. The search system sorts the whole patient list for entries with the concerned attribute. The selection focus then moves to the first matching record. The un-matched records do not get filtered out from the patient list. Therefore it becomes inconvenient for the user to find the actual matching record the user is searching for. The first matching item is highlighted by default. However, if the highlighted item is not the exact item as per the user, it is very likely to cause mis- operations.

Hence there exists a need for a searching technique through a GUI which is easier to perform, reduces the complexity and time spent on the searching procedure as well as reduces the incidence of error.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The invention provides a Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) which enables a user to perform search operations on an electronic patient list by a single patient information a...