The Ardens Blood Test Due Analyser alerts practice staff to any blood tests due for the patient. This is based on any long term conditions they are diagnosed with, prescribed medication, and recorded diary entries. We also include patients eligible for CVD primary prevention screening based on NICE guidance. 


Please note - The blood test due analyser only alerts for bloods due in ‘steady-state’ drug monitoring. It will not flag for monitoring requirements related to drugs recently started or where doses are being titrated as these often have different monitoring frequencies.


Blood Test Due Analyser Alert

When accessing a patient record, practice staff will be alerted to any blood test due 

today and blood test diary entries due within a month or overdue. The alert will 

display in the pink QOF box.




Hovering over the alert will display further details of the blood tests due.



The blood test due are broken down into four categories:

  1. Medication monitoring bloods due or overdue - include blood tests relating to prescribed repeat medications. It will only flag for bloods due in 'steady-state' drug monitoring. 
  2. Long-term conditions blood due or overdue - includes blood tests relating to the patient's long term-conditions.
  3. Diary recall bloods due within 1 month or overdue - includes all Ardens Diary Recall System blood tests.
  4. CVD Primary Prevention bloods due or overdue - includes blood tests where a patient is eligible for screening for CVD primary prevention. 


We recognise that GP practices may wish to decide themselves which blood tests are actually required and this is the reason we have created these categories. For example if you are not using the Ardens Diary Recall System that you may ask your staff to ignore category (3) above.


Blood Test Due Analyser Template

For practice staff that wish to view further details on the blood test due now or blood tests due soon for the patient, double click on the Blood Test Due alert. 


This will launch the Blood Test Due Analyser template.



The red warning sign signifies the blood test is due now and the hour glass signifies the blood test may be due soon. 




For blood tests due now the tick box will be selected by default and will display in the consultation once the template is saved. It is important to note that this is for the record only and does not 'request' the test(s).



For any diary entries recorded for blood tests using the Ardens Diary Recall System, the date due will display to the right of the field.



The Further information section provides a link to this support article should you wish to refer back to it at anytime.



Saving the template will record in the consultation the blood tests that have been ticked and will prompt the user to launch the Ardens Phlebotomy template. This allows clinicians to record details of any procedures carried out.


Please note that the Blood Test Due Analyser is limited by the functionality that is available within EMIS Web. This means that users will still need to launch their usual system to generate phlebotomy requests (e.g. ICE).  




Prescribing Monitoring Alert (Optional)

Where there are further checks required for drug monitoring (e.g. BP, BMI), an additional Prescribing monitoring alert is available.



This alert has been deployed to your EMIS system ‘inactive’. Should you wish to use this alert, you will need to activate both the BMI and BP template and the Prescribing monitoring alert protocol.



To do this:

  1. Navigate to Resource Publisher > Shared Folders > Ardens Live Toolset > Blood Test Due Analyser.
  2. Right-click on each of the two resources displayed above and select Status > Activate.

 

Once activated, the alert is trigged to be displayed when the Blood Test Due Analyser template is saved. If there is additional drug monitoring for the patient, you will be presented with a message asking if you wish to launch the drug monitoring template or the BP/BMI template if appropriate.


Blood Test Due Analyser Trigger

Please note by default the trigger for the Blood Test Due Analyser has been set all practice staff. If you wish for the resources to be visible to certain staff categories, the trigger can be updated as follows:


  • Navigate to Resource Publisher > Shared Folders > Ardens Live Toolset > Blood Test Due Analyser.
  • Select the Blood Test Due QOF Box Alert protocol and click Manager Triggers on the EMIS Web ribbon.



  • Click on the Add button and select the following triggers:



  • Select to choose 'Specific Job Categories' to select specific job categories (this relates to the EMIS role profiles).



  • Click OK to save the trigger


Deactivating the Blood Test Due Analyser

Should you decide as a practice to switch off the Blood Test Due Analyser, deactivate as follows:


  • Navigate to Resource Publisher > Shared Folders > Ardens Live Toolset > Blood Test Due Analyser.
  • Right click on the Blood Test Due QOF Box Alert protocol and click Status > Deactivate. 


Please note - this will deactivate for all staff members. 

 

If you require any further assistance on the process above, please contact Ardens support on: support-emis@ardens.org.uk