Measurement Types is the component used to add the different types of measurable categories that might be recorded and referenced on a Patient Chart, including Measurements (e.g., Height, Weight, BMI, Blood pressure), Lab Panels, and Lab Requests. Some Measurement Types are mapped into Meaningful Use and Quality Measures calculations, so must be manually entered here as a partial requirement for these to compute properly (additional entries may also be required in Patient Chart under Measurements, Codes, and Immunizations, in Reference Data under Other Codes, and in Transaction Codes under Non-Billing Codes).
The Measurement Types component consists of six (6) fields:
- Name – Clinical or descriptive of the Measurement Type (e.g., Systolic Blood Pressure, Diastolic Blood Pressure)
- Documentation Code – User devised code that might represent a shortened/abbreviated version of the Measurement Type Name (e.g., TotChol for Total Cholesterol), although depending on the Measurement Type it might also be left blank (Null).
- Data Type – A drop-down menu containing the possible data types available for selection under Measurement Types. Options include: Real Number, Integer Number, Text, Length (Height), Mass (Weight), Date, Date and Time, Blood Pressure, Smoking Status, BMI
- Category – Represents that type of Measurement Type being recorded. These are: Lab Result (e.g., BUN), Vital Sign (e.g., BMI), and Other (e.g., PHQ9)
- Default Units – User recorded unit of measure that corresponds with a particular Measurement Type. These may be: mg/dl, mm[Hg], g/dl , kg/m2, %, lbs, and inches. Depending on the Measurement Type, this field might also be left blank (Null).
- Codes (LOINC or SNOMED) -Field where user-cited LOINC or SNOMED codes might be Added or Removed as corresponding to a particular Measurement Type (e.g., the LOINC Code for BMI is 39156-5). Depending on the Measurement Type, this field might also be left blank (Null).
To view or add a Measurement Types:
1. From the left-hand menu, select Reference Data > Measurement Types
2. Initially, when the tabbed Measurement Types window is displayed only a small list of types is available (e.g., AIMS, Blood Pressure, BMI, Height, Weight).
3. Additional Measurement Types, whether for use by Quality Measures, Meaningful Use, Lab Panels, or Lab Requests can be added here as needed by selecting the New Measurement Type button.