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Re: [Gnumed-devel] gmContact signal --> referrals

From: Karsten Hilbert
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] gmContact signal --> referrals
Date: Thu, 3 Jun 2004 19:40:25 +0200
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> > Usually, but there are times when you might refer to a group of 
> > specialists whose office, because of schedule uncertainty, may not 
> > right away be able to tell you which among the group's specialist will 
> > be the one to see the patient. It is better then to put the referral 
> > through to the group without (incorrectly) specifying either in the
> I thought someone would ask for this.
It gets even better. Here we refer to a speciality. We don't
specify either a target doctor nor a target organisation. And
we aren't supposed to give advice to the patient on which
doctor to choose. Which rule is happily ignored daily,

> The problem is that the referrals writer needs an abstract "contact identity" 
> object encompassing
> both [natural] persons and organisations in the business layer, which will 
> mean tweaking the 
> gmOrganisation and gmDemographicPerson business object APIs, as well as the 
> search functions
> to return both organisations and people in a single query.
Maybe it is feasible to have the user select "refer to
doctor" vs. "refer to organisation" via some radiobutton ? I
know that's a bit ugly, though.

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