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ByGraham

Tr-State Checkboxes

Checkboxes are used to record Boolean, or yes/no values. You will have seen them all over e-Quip and many other Windows applications that you use.

Most often these are 2-state values, i.e. yes or no. In the example below, the battery was checked but not reconditioned or replaced:

This is adequate for editing single records but has limitations when using Bulk Update to edit a batch of records. It is simple to set a value to Yes (just tick the checkbox), but how can you set a value to No? A 2-state checkbox cannot be used for this, as we need a way to indicate:

  1. Set this to Yes
  2. Set this to No
  3. Leave this as it is

This is why we now use tri-state checkboxes for the equipment and job screens. The 3 states are illustrated below:

This means:

  1. The battery was not checked
  2. The battery was reconditioned
  3. No information is available as to whether or not the battery was replaced

Within a Bulk Update operation this is interpreted as:

For each selected record:

  1. Set Battery Checked to No
  2. Set Battery Reconditioned to Yes
  3. Leave the Battery Replaced field as it is

Initially we have added these just to the equipment and job property pages but we will add them to other screens which support Bulk Update as time permits.

As always, any feedback would be much appreciated.

ByGraham

Multiple-Selection Lookups

Although the lookup control has always had internal support for multiple selections, the e-Quip client has never taken advantage of this. From version 3.7.8 this feature is now available within e-Quip.

While this is not appropriate for every lookup there are several situations where this can save some time. Adding spare parts to a job is a good example. Previously, to add each of the selected parts below to a job would have required 5 individual selections.

This can now be done with a single operation.

Naturally, the spare part location selection works exactly as it would if the parts were selected individually. Note also that the costs are updated as you would expect.

We will gradually roll-out this feature to all lookups where multiple selection is appropriate.

As always, any feedback would be much appreciated.

ByGraham

3.7.7. Has been Released

Our latest version was released on the 10th January, 2017. The main purpose of the release was to add support for Datrend test equipment, although there were a few other cosmetic changes.

 

 

ByGraham

The 2018 EBME Seminar

It’s that time of year again. Please drop by and visit Sarah, Phil and Jack on our stand C2 at the 2018 EBME Seminar, Milton Keynes. They’ll be happy to show you all of the new features that have been added since last year.

ByGraham

2017 and all that!

And so, as the Great-tit of time nibbles through the Gold Top of eternity, and the unseen mouse droppings of fate nestle in the crunchy fruit-and-nut muesli of destiny, I can’t help but notice that 2018 is almost upon us. (with apologies to Humph). Perhaps now is the time for a brief look back at 2017. In keeping with the spirit of 2017 I have introduced some “fake news” into the proceedings. I have to say that while writing this I have digressed from my chosen path several times. I make no apologies for this; after all, no-one reads this rubbish!

When I wrote this it was still 2017 – it has just taken me until March 2018 to click “Publish“.

New Users

Over the year we have gained around a dozen new customers, with the current grand-total now standing at around 65 NHS Trusts. We have 9 clients who plan to go-live in the first 3 months of next year, which is going to keep Pete (data migration), Phil (training), Sarah (don’t even ask – Sarah does everything) and Jack (support) busy for a little while.

We Opened our New Office

We now have a new office in Stafford. This is where Sarah, Phil, Jack and Peter work. We have more than enough space for meetings, training courses etc. Our old offices are now encompassed within  Sainsbury’s in Ely, probably somewhere near the deli counter.

I did my 50th Parkrun

I’m sure that you all follow the blog religiously and have already seen this article. If you don’t know what Parkrun is then check out this link. It’s one of those life-changing things that changes your whole view of life, the universe and, well – everything. Not only does it get kids’ noses out from computer games but it also lets 62-year-olds run around the park splashing in puddles like we were 6 again. The only difference is that when I was 6 the risk of heart attack was somewhat lower. Funnily enough, when I come home covered in mud I seem to get in more trouble now than I did when I was 6.

EBME Seminar

I’m sure that you’re all familiar with this event. The venue is perfect and John and Ruth were perfect hosts, as always. This tends to be the day when we meet more engineers & technicians than managers. Phil & Sarah ran the stand by themselves for the first time, while Peter & I focused on the buffet.

“Action Jack” Arrives

Jack is the latest addition to the support team. His new sobriquet comes from the job status that we have added to indicate that Jack is on the case. A lot more gets done a lot quicker if your call has a status of “Action Jack” rather than “Action GRS“. (in case you don’t know, GRS is me).

Philips Biomed Conference

This is the biggest conference of the year for us and probably always will be. We have been involved with this event since it first started, back when it was the Hewlett Packard Biomed Conference. Ian Watson was one of those exceptional guys that saw “the big picture”. Forget whose budget something come from, if it made customers happy then Ian made it happen and sorted out the “bottom line” afterwards? I learnt a lot from Ian.

Does anyone remember that blasted parrot that screeched throughout the presentations at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham? This year was the 20th, although I’m not sure what happened to the 19th. Call me a pedant, but if you postpone an annual event for a year, isn’t that the same as cancelling it?

This year, Phil, Sarah and “Action Jack” manned the stand, while Peter and I focused on the buffet.

I met thingy “off-of” Parkrun

(yes – you can have two prepositions next to each other). At a Huntingdon Parkrun I met Paul Sinton-Hewitt. Ok, so he has a hyphen. I’m not a fan of hyphens because they generally mean “posh”, but this guy has probably done more to get the nation and its youth out of bed on Saturday mornings and running around in the fresh air.

I also met the chap who designed the Parkrun logo. He has done 600+ Parkruns!

The User-Group Meeting

This was the best-attended user-group ever – period! (No, this isn’t the fake news bit). For us, the annual user-group is always a day to look forward to but this year’s was exceptional. We had the biggest room that the Clinical Sciences Building at Walsgrave have and the room was completely full. This is one of the highlights of the year for me and the troops and I get a real buzz from seeing how far we’ve come in a few, short years. A day like this makes all of the hard work through the year worthwhile. I’m sure that the rest of the team feel the same way. In fact, I know that they do.

We’ve been having meetings at this venue for almost 20 years. If your memory stretches back to the Hewlett Packard and Philips meetings then there has only ever been one other venue of note and that was at a roundabout on the A40 near Warwick (Ok, so it wasn’t actually on the roundabout, it was in a Hilton nearby). I would love to stick with CSB at Walsgrave but next year we might need to move to somewhere bigger. We will, of course, ask you first.

Another thing that I expect/hope to change next year is that Phil & Sarah will be running the day and I will focus on the buffet!

This year, we got our first ever round of applause, in response to …

The New Dashboard 

If you don’t know about this yet then have a look at this link. Better still, upgrade to 3.7 and start using it.

It doesn’t just look pretty – you can double-click on any graph or chart to navigate to the underlying data and it’s configurable so you can use whatever limits and parameters you choose.

The Patient First Conference

This was a “first” for us (arf!, arf!). We were there because of interest in the nurse training aspects of e-Quip. Phil and Sarah manned the stand, while I focused on the buffet.

BTW: If you don’t understand “arf!, arf!” then it loosely translates as “lol“. When I was a nipper, there were some things that were represented by certain key phrases, these days they would be called a meme. For instance, when the referee blew his whistle in Roy of the Rovers  the speech bubble said, “Pheep!” (“Pheeeeeeeep!” for full-time). When Superman was heart-broken because he couldn’t tell Lois Lane his real identity the bubble said, “choke!“, When anyone in the Beano laughed they said “arf!, arf!”.

As a sidebar, for reasons that I have never understood despite a 1960’s grammar-school education, hiccups in comics were always “hiccough“. I could conjugate Latin verbs and decline nouns – for Goodness’ sake, I could even speak french better than Ted Heath!  Many languages have words reserved for the written word which are never spoken. “Hiccough” is maybe our equivalent.

The truly weird thing for me was that the venue was ExCeL, which was built on the Royal Victoria Dock. Back in 1971, when I was just 15, I used to work here in the quality control laboratory for Rank-Hovis-McD0ugal. Then, Royal Victoria Dock was the last dock still operating in London. American and Canadian grain ships used to dock at Tilbury, but Russian ships still went to into London and we used to test their grain for moisture and other nasties. At the pubs in Woolwich the Russian sailors used to pay for their drinks with their watches, which used to be pinned up behind the bar. For the price of a bottle of cheap vodka you could choose a watch. So many stories spring to mind about the PLA (Port of London Authority), when jobs were passed from father to son, but maybe that’s for another blog.

I like the idea of passing jobs from father to son, but then again, I have four daughters.

2018 and the Future

How will e-Quip move forwards in 2018? It would be simple to say, “we will do A, B & C”. The thing is, we don’t know what either A, B or C is! If you’ve been with us for a while then you’ll know that A, B & C are driven by you.

Although it’s early days, already in 2018 we have added support for a new mobile device, the Nordic Medea, and improved the procurement aspects of e-Quip. We have also added an import tool for Datrend test equipment, a new email interface to Planet-FM and added some new email management tools.

So, watch this space for further developments. Better still, if you have some ideas then pass them on to the support team

 

 

 

 

 

ByGraham

3.7.6. Has been Released

Version 3.7.6 is now on general release. The headline feature in this release is the interactive dashboard, which you can read about here in the article about the user-group meeting. The dashboard is fully documented in the Help but it’s a bit too long to reproduce here. If you email Jack, Sarah or Phil they will send you a PDF version. The diagrams don’t fit perfectly but you’ll certainly get the general idea.

There are some other new features that have been requested by users as well. Here is a summary:

Personnel

1. The address tab of the personnel property page now has an email link field which will open your default email client. The link field is read-only and is automatically copied from the email field when it is edited. To use the link, move the mouse over the formatted email address and press control + left mouse click


Importing Data

1. Spare Parts Import

It is now possible to import spare part lists using the Excel Import Wizard. The following attributes can be imported:
Spare Part Code
Part No
Short Name
Brand
Supplier
Units
Effective Price
Bin Location
Bin Code
Bin Name

2. The Caller Ref field has been added to the job import.

Additional RFID Interface

1. An interface has been added for the Lyngsoe RFID equipment tracking application.

Quick Report

It is now possible to force Quick Report to restrict records for child sites, locations and services.

TNA Report

It is now possible to force the TNA Report to include staff records for child locations and child services.

KPI (NPAG) Reports

It is now possible to force the NPAG KPI Reports to include staff records for child sites, locations and services.

Jobs

1. Task date validation has changed. Previously it was not possible for the task start or end dates to post-date the job’s work end date. However, some users create tasks to record administrative work and quality assurance checks which do not start until the work has completed.

Security & Permissions

Previously there were five permission levels that could be granted to groups for each entity. These were:

Read
Write
Add
Delete
Control

In order to deactivate or reactivate records the user was required to have Control permission, which was the highest level. This meant that users who could deactivate records could also delete records, which was not always desirable.

A separate permission has now been added called Archive, specifically to allow users to deactivate or reactivate records.

Spare Part Orders

1. A new utility has been added to simplify the process of adding multiple, similar line items to an order.

An Add Batch button has been added to the line items tab of the order property page.


This will display a screen which allows your batch selections to be entered:

After clicking Ok, a line item will be created for each member of the batch. i.e. the example above would create 5 line items rows.

2. The Order Finder has been added to provide QBE (Query-by-Example) support for orders.

 

Suppliers

1. A new tab has been added to the orders property page to list all orders for that supplier. It is possible to edit an order by double-clicking on it and you can also raise orders from this tab.

If you would like an upgrade then please contact the support team. As always, any feedback is more than welcome.

 

 

ByGraham

Philips Biomed Conference, 2017

As usual, we will be attending the annual Philips Biomed Conference this year, or the National Biomedical and Clinical Engineering Conference, 2017, to give it its official name. Philips are branding this as the “20th” and those of you who have known us for a while will remember seeing us there back in the Hewlett Packard days. The first one I went to was the 2nd, held at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham. It certainly doesn’t seem like 19 years ago. Things have changed a great deal since then – I wonder whatever became of Agilent!

If you’re at the conference then please drop by our stand to say hello. Depending on your demographic you can chat with Peter and myself about how the “Y2K Problem” brought the world to its knees, or look at up-to-the-minute features like RFID tracking, nurse training etc. with Phil, Sarah & Jack.

See you there!

ByGraham

Geography versus Organisation

I have almost certainly posted about this before but the topic came up again recently so I thought I’d just run through the differences in e-Quip between geography and organisation. Have a look at the home page of a typical hospital – your own web site probably looks very similar.

Take a look at the sections that I’ve highlighted in red boxes. At the top, right-hand corner is the Trust name (“The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust“). In e-Quip, this is known as a Health Care Provider, or just Provider for short. Why don’t we call it a Trust? Well, for you it might be a Trust, but in Scotland & Wales these are known as Health Boards, but you would also use this field for CCG’s, private healthcare providers etc.

In e-Quip, a provider may comprise many sites and services. On the web page above you can see links to “Our Hospitals” and “Our Services”.

Hospital are referred to as as Sites in e-Quip. Why site rather than hospital? Not all sites are hospitals – they could be ambulance stations, community health centres etc. Sites are geographic place that you can physically visit. You could probably find them on a map.

What about “Our Services”? These are organisational entities, not geographical. For example “Children and Young People’s Services” may operate across many different hospitals across the Trust. You won’t find services on a map. You can’t actually go to “Children and Young People’s Services” (although you might go to one of their wards, clinics or offices, or maintain equipment for them).

What about those wards, clinics or offices, where do they fit into e-Quip? Although it’s not shown on this web page, there is a “Patients & Visitors” link which takes you here:

These are physical, geographic places that you can visit. You will often find them on way-finding boards around a hospital. In e-Quip these are held as Locations.

So, from an organisational perspective, Healthcare Providers are made up of one or more Services, while in geographic terms, Sites are made up of one or more Locations.

Multi-Level Locations

That is all very simple but at first glance appears a bit limited. How can we say that “Ward L12” is on the 3rd-Floor in “Jubilee Wing”? Older systems used to often have a fixed level hierarchy, like “hospital – building – floor – ward” but this was never a good idea; it forced you to use multiple levels even if you didn’t want to and restricted you to a maximum number of levels. e-Quip gets around this by making allowing parent & child locations. Rather than having 3 separate screens (building, floor & ward), you create 3 separate locations (Jubilee Wing, 3rd-Floor & Ward L12) and then link them so that:

Ward L12 is a child of 3rd-Floor

3rd-Floor is a child of Jubilee Wing

Remember that you don’t necessarily need to use multi-level locations. If everyone knows where Ward L12 is, then don’t bother with this extra complication. When working with multiple levels, equipment is normally assigned to the lowest level (Ward L12, in this example) although you can make exceptions if things move around. For example, if a Mobile C-Arm is normally parked in a corridor on the 3rd floor of Jubilee Wing, then you could assign that as its location. Perhaps the most common situation where people make use of this feature is in operating theatres where a theatre block is made up of several individual locations (Theatre 1, Theatre 2, Recovery etc) with some equipment fixed and others which move around within the block.

Multi-Level Sites & Services

Locations aren’t the only multi-level items in e-Quip; sites and services also support this capability. With services, then the idea of multi-level departments is quite common: NHS Divisions & Directorates are effectively multi-level services.

The concept of a hierarchical site is not quite so natural. A location within a location is easy to imagine, but a hospital within a hospital? Multi-level sites (we call them virtual sites) are normally used when users want to group sites together. Large organisations find this particularly useful:

  1. UK
    1. UK North
      1. Leeds
      2. York
    2. UK South
      1. London

This makes it very easy to find all equipment in a given area.

There are also reasons for smaller organisations to use virtual sites. You might manage devices for many GP’s Surgeries, which you would record as individual sites. It is useful to create a virtual site called “GP Surgeries” and make the individual children of that. In that way you can easily search for all equipment in every GP surgery.

Linking Geography and Organisation

From the Leeds website we can see that there is a service named “Children and Young People’s Services“. This service has devices in many locations, such as Ward L10 (Children’s Renal, Liver & Gastrology) and L11 (Children’s Dialysis). In e-Quip it is possible to link a location to a service. This means that all devices added to those locations will automatically be assigned to the appropriate service, although this can be changed.

Overlaps Between Geography and Organisation

It is not uncommon for there to be a location and a service with the same names. It is important to bear in mind that they are different things. For example, a Trust may have a Radiology Service and a Radiology Location. How are they different? First of all the Radiology location is a physical, geographical place; it will be part of a specific site. The Radiology service is an organisational entity- it may manage locations (one of which would doubtless be the Radiology location) at multiple sites.

Look at the device below:

It is physically located in the Radiology location at the Leeds General Infirmary – that is its geography. However, it is the responsibility of the Radiology service at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. That location may contain devices which are not managed by the Radiology service and similarly, that service will manage many other devices apart from those in that location. Although these two entities have the same name they are fundamentally different concepts.

 

 

ByGraham

Parkrun #50 – the one where Thomas, Charlie & Andrew did their first Parkrun!

This Saturday was to be my 50th Parkrun, so, to “spread the joy” (i.e. if I’ve got to get up early on Saturday morning then so should everyone else), on Friday evening we set of for deepest, darkest Yorkshire. I could have stayed in East Anglia (flat, no hills) but the grandchildren all wanted to join in, which is what prompted the hike northwards. Whether or not they really wanted to join in, or if they were prodded in that direction by parents who suspected that one more Parkrun (with hills) would finish the Old Man off is a moot point – given a choice, how many 9-year-olds these days would put down “Call of Duty” to run around a park, unless there was some kind of financial incentive?

These things have a habit of growing organically (which is probably the best way to grow) and the Cambridge crew decided that if the old fella was going to be having a cardiac arrest up north, then they probably ought to be there to make sure that they got their fair share of whatever bounty there might be and that the elder sisters didn’t get first dibs at the will. Incidentally, I don’t mean “elder sisters” in a Cinderella-like context. They didn’t travel up north in a pumpkin pulled by mice (which would be illegal), it’s just that they’re sisters and, er, older. The added incentive is that once these gatherings reach a certain critical mass, then alcohol often gets involved, which takes the edge off a bit for them. And so it came to pass that the southern contingent of the Family e-Quip set off for an appointment with both destiny and Skipton Park.

The first problem, not counting the M6, was the accommodation. Mrs e-Quip is not often called upon to book hotels. Now, I’ve been doing this for years and in the early days I must have chosen some right lemons. On the well-tried principle of trial and error, Mrs e-Quip went directly to “error”. It took Edison over a 1,000 stabs to perfect the light bulb. He didn’t regard these as mistakes – his view was that inventing the light bulb is a 1000-step process. I guess that he started of with something a bit like a light bulb which gradually got better and better. I’m trying to be generous here, but no matter what definition of “hotel” you use, where we stayed on Friday night probably didn’t match it. I suppose that having been brought up with All Creatures Great & Small, Emmerdale & Heartbeat, it hadn’t occurred to Mrs e-Quip that a) there would be a nightclub in Skipton and b) it would also be a “Boutique” hotel. Years of cynicism have taught me to avoid any brand with an adjective in its name. I just naturally assume that a hotel with the word “Comfort” in its name will not be comfortable and any product name which includes the word “Fun” will be anything but. I’m not sure what particular image the word “Boutique” conjured up for Mrs e-Quip, who is as-yet untarnished by years of scepticism, but I suspect that a learning process may have begun (Warning: Steep Learning Curve Ahead). Still, we were able to sleep between 03:00 and 06:45.

It turned out that we weren’t the only ones who had a late night. Bloomy (in Yorkshire adult males seem to always referred to by a contraction of their surname with “y” stuck on the end) had decided to go straight to the “alcohol often gets involved” phase of the weekend – good lad! It was great to see that everyone had turned up: Bloomy, Wardy, Avery-y (I’m not sure how the algorithm is supposed to work in this case) – the whole crew in fact, apart from Zaris-y (I’m also unsure how the algorithm is supposed to work with Greek names). Some were even wearing PE kit! Not the Misses e-Quip though. All four of them had a note from their mum to say that they were excused games. We bimbled over to the start line for the briefing. “Welcome to Parkrun …” (applause). “Any First Timers?” – Charlie, Thomas and Andrew-y all indicated in the approved fashion (applause). “Any Visitors?”. This is a tricky one. We always say we’re from Cambridge but Mrs Bloom (née e-Quip) always insists that we’re from Peterborough. We were saved from having to make a decision by someone admitting that they had come from Detroit (applause). No-one could compete with that we let that pass. “Any milestones?”, at last, my moment of glory and I got to announce my 50th run. Fortunately there were no 6-year-olds doing their 200th runs, so my 15 seconds in the sun was undimmed. So, we all huddled in the starting funnel: Thomas, Milly, Charlie, Bloomy, Wardy, Andrew-y and me-y, waiting for the crack of the starter’s pistol. Then, we’re off.

We’ve all heard stories of people playing golf with their bosses and deliberately letting them win to let them feel good and I was wondering how the inter-generational competitive streak would be handled by sons-in-law. Would they politely lag behind in deference to my years or run at their usual pace? How would the Wardy-Bloomy brother-in-law competition play out? Fortunately, I already had a plan. I was going to be in charge of Charlie. Charlie is 5 and this was his first ever run. He had practised by running round the field behind the Co-op and had declared himself ready to run with Granddad. This meant that I didn’t have to worry about impressing anyone. Unless the unthinkable happened and Charlie was faster than me, I was safe. Bloomy was to be Milly’s escort so he didn’t have to worry about racing against Wardy. This was perhaps just as well – bearing in mind that “alcohol often gets involved” bit of the previous evening. So, I’m safe, Bloomy’s safe – result! There was a small cloud of dust left behind as Wardy shot off into the distance, and we we’re off.

I have to say that one of the reasons that I love Parkrun so much is how friendly everyone is. Charlie is so tiny it’s hard to imagine him actually completing a 5k run. So many people were urging him on and encouraging him, giving him “high-fives” and generally making him feel very happy, even though he was wearing a Chelsea football shirt. Needless to say the shirt attracted a good few comments. I have no idea what running the London Marathon is like (and I have no plans to find out) but I suspect that it is the support of the crowd that gets you over the line. That’s pretty-much how it was with Charlie on Saturday. I don’t know how his tiny little legs carried him 4 times around Skipton Park. We could see that Thomas & Milly were also going great guns as our paths crossed on each lap.

As we approached the Finish Line I held back a few yards to let Charlie run in by himself, to the applause of the family. So, my 50th Parkrun turned out to be a fantastic day, followed, naturally, by breakfast at Billy Bob’s. Thomas, Charlie & Andrew all successfully completed their first Parkrun and Milly finished her 2nd. Just like me, Bloomy was able to blame his finish time on escort and baby-sitting duties. Apart from an overnight stay in a nightclub we had a really great weekend.

(Andrew-y, Bloomy, Wardy (+ Zachary-y), Me-y, Charlie, Thomas & Milly)

As for Wardy – he came 12th. Grrrr!

 

ByGraham

The 2017 Annual User-Group Meeting

 

 

Yesterday’s Annual User-Group Meeting was a great success – thank you to everyone who managed to get there. The attendance was the highest we’ve ever had with users travelling from as far afield as Dublin and Truro, with a sizeable cohort from Scotland. The day was unusual, not only in the large attendance, but also with the exceptional weather and the varied mix of users. The meeting is usually predominantly attended by engineers but yesterday we had a planner/equipper, a nurse trainer and a contract manager.

A lot has happened since last year’s meeting. We have a new office in Stafford where Phil & Sarah are based, and they have been joined on the Help Desk by Jack Foulkes.

We started off with a review of the user-base. We had around a dozen new new customers joining us over the last year and e-Quip is now being used in over 90 hospitals.

Next, Graham went through the developments that were completed last year (in versions 3.5 and 3.6). You can see a full list here: http://www.e-quip.uk.net/blog/version-3-6-0-will-be-released-this-week/

Phil then did a presentation of the 2 new web applications: a completely revamped version of the ward users app and a nurse training & competence app that nurses and their trainers can use to update their training records. You can see a demo of the ward users app here. That will give you an idea what it can do but Phil’s presentation highlighted its flexibility, both in terms of how it can be configured for individual users and also in how it responds to being run on different platforms. It looks great whether you run it on a phone, tablet or desktop. One of these days I’ll see if I can get Phil to put up a blog article about it.

The nurse training & competence app allows virtually the same functionality as the desktop system, even down to being able to produce cross-tab TNA reports. Phil or Sarah will give everyone a link to a demo version as soon as they have published it, probably in the next couple of days. There were some useful suggestions from the floor about how training managers can be more easily identified for nurses based on work location, so we will be adding those into the system shortly.

The next presentation introduced the new interactive dashboard. First, the design goals were introduced. The dashboard is intended to be:

  • A reporting tool
  • A navigation facility
  • A KPI generator

Starting with PPM compliance we demonstrated each of these features:

First, the dashboard is a reporting tool. It shows similar data to other reports within e-Quip it just shows it in a more graphical way.

Second, the dashboard is a navigation tool. We can see above that there are 278 PPM compliant high-risk devices. Double-clicking on the gauge opens the equipment screen and shows those 278 assets. Similarly, when you move the mouse over the high-risk PPM non-compliance pie chart you can see that there are 43 high-risk devices which are more than 60 days overdue for PPM. Double-clicking on the red wedge in the pie chart opens the equipment screen and displays them. This applies to virtually every gauge, graph or chart in the dashboard.

Finally, the dashboard is a KPI generator. Whether 68% compliance for high-risk equipment (i.e. 278 out of 408) is good, bad or otherwise is determined by local policies. If you look at the gauge you will see that it has 3 sections:

Red: 0 – 33%

Yellow: 33 – 67%

Green: > 67%

Both the values and the colours can be set for each gauge (as you may well have different KPI’s for medium- and low-risk devices). This is done on one of the Settings screens.

Changing these setting won’t change the position of the gauge needle, but it will change the appearance of the gauge.

Having shown the basic idea we then went on to show all of the dashboard screens that we have created so far. Naturally these reports can all be saved as PDF documents. Click here for a copy.

There are too many to show all of them here (the PDF shows all of them) but here are a few samples to give you the general idea. Each one is configurable and can be used for navigation.

The new dashboard was extremely well-received by the users.

Next we went on to demonstrate the new procurement functionality of e-Quip which has been moved from the old e-Quip PM (Procurement Management) system. Having shown the basic ideas, Colette from Dublin then gave a presentation to show how she is using this new functionality in the new-build project at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire. We got some good pointers from Colette and will be adding her suggestions to e-Quip as soon as we can. By the way, Colette was the first ever e-Quip customer, back in 2009. This was when the only screens that e-Quip had were equipment, brand, model, category, location, site and service and provider. We’ve certainly come a long way, with your help, since then!

So, that’s it for another year. We ran out of time and didn’t get a chance to show all the other things that we have planned for this year. If next year’s meeting is as successful as this year’s, we’ll have to look for an alternative location.