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Re: [Gnumed-devel] provider inbox

From: Busser, Jim
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] provider inbox
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:05:18 +0000

On 2014-08-23, at 12:28 PM, Karsten Hilbert <address@hidden> wrote:

> The default provider inbox selection will now be
>       "show relevant messages"
> (which is now an additional radio button at the top).
> This will show messages which
>       - are due and not expired
>               or
>       - have no due date/expiry date
> Wether this listing constraints to the active patient depends
> on the user selection.

Sorry to only now be looking at the newest inbox labelling and behaviour.

1. a more usual (and clearer) sequence among these radio buttons would be

        All      Overdue        Due*    Scheduled      Unscheduled

        * - Due today … see #3 re "Relevant"

2. since Expired seems orthogonal to Scheduled, Unscheduled and Overdue, can 
Expired be implemented, instead, among the check-boxes (like Active patient, 
and Yours) and in this way combine with any of



3. re "Relevant"

I can understand the idea to filter out those items that are identifiable as 
future-due (and, also, to filter out those which have expired, regardless of 
their due date)

One challenge includes, by use of this word, the creation of ambiguity whether 
these items have anything to do with the clinical relevance that could have 
been assigned by some other clinician who had themselves signed the result 
(which remains, however, in the inbox on account of being owned by the ordering 

Second, there is value to filter purely those items that are due today (which 
could be events that are to happen today).

The combination "Due + Overdue" can be approximately achieved by selecting 
Scheduled and simply sorting on the date Due column, which will cause 
lower-interest future items to be at the bottom. While Expired events would be 
included pending their deletion, their non-deletion could be for reasons of 
relevance (i.e. they may still serve a purpose) which merits to keep them in 

Unscheduled items can easily be looked at on their own (or they can easily be 
seen inside All, together with the Scheduled items).

Just realized that the Due column is not currently shown among the Inbox 
columns, which makes it unavailable to sort on. But which would be really 
helpful and probably essential to make the above refactoring work.

Except I do think that the above proposal would be helpful and would make 
things a lot clearer for users (myself included)

-- Jim

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