User Guide for LabelTrace (non GPASS)
User Guide for LabelTrace (non GPASS)
LabelTrace is designed for use in GP practices to allow simple, rapid printing of labels
for specimens, request forms and other documents for a single patient, based on patient
data held in the clinical system plus, if appropriate, additional data selected at print
The patient data is copied from the practice's clinical system to LabelTrace's own
database, which is regularly synchronised with the practice's clinical system. To achieve
this synchronisation, a data file (or set of data files) containing a copy of the current
patient data is generated from the clinical system prior to each synchronisation. This
data is then preprocessed to a standard form suitable for importing into LabelTrace. On
synchronising, LabelTrace will add, edit or make active/inactive , as appropriate, all
relevant patients. This synchronisation procedure should be run as often as required typically once per day.
[Note that you will see some references to QuickTrace in the following guidance.
LabelTrace is in fact QuickTrace operating in a special mode.]
Logging On
To start LabelTrace, click the "QuickTrace" desktop icon or go to
Start/Programs/QuickTrace/QuickTrace. Enter "Lookup" as user name with password if
required (The system manager may log on as "Manager", with optional password).
Running Synchronisation
Step 1. Generate a new export of patient data from your clinical system. Follow the
specific instruction for your system. These are provided at the end of this document.
Step 2. In LabelTrace run the option "File/Synchronise patients with external data
Step 3. If errors are reported at the conclusion of synchronisation, use the "File/View
Import Log" option to examine these and take any appropriate action in the clinical
system. Note that each time synchronisation occurs, the summary data is appended to the
end of the existing log file. Hence,you should regularly archive and/or delete the log file
- but ensure all issues have been addressed first. To archive the log file, copy it to a
location of your choice (or use "Save As" menu option while viewing the Import log to
make a copy in a location of your choice) then delete the original. The log file may be
deleted via the "File/Delete Import Log" option.
Two reports are provided The first lists all patients in the LabelTrace database who are
inactive as they are no longer normal registered patients in the clinical database. The
second is similar but only lists those patients who have been inactive for longer than a
predefined period, set via View/System/General Preferences/Global. These patients may
be deleted by means of the buttons provided on the report window (Manager only).
Printing Lab Labels
Summary - Printing a Label Set
Select the patient via the Patient Browser
Select the required label set
Select data for any required fields
Click the keypad to specify the number of sets of labels required
If the patient has no CHI, confirm at the prompt that you want to proceed, or cancel)
Selecting the Required Patient
To open the Browser window, click on the "Person" icon on the menu bar or use the
View/Patients menu option. enter data for the required patient in one or more fields and
press the Return key (or click OK) to view a list of matching patients. Note that the check
box for "Allow partial matches" must be checked as otherwise only exact matches are
displayed. The "Default" button is used to select the default data entry field for look up
data. For example, if you click into the Surname field so that the cursor is flashing in this
field, then click the Default button, the cursor will always be in the Surname field when
the Browser window first opens.
If only one matching patient is found, the Labelling window will be opened with the
Patient name and CHI displayed for confirmation. If multiple matches exist, a list of all
matching patients will be presented with full name, date of birth and first line of address.
To select the required patient, double click on the name or click once on the name then
click View to select the patient. Optionally, the UP/DOWN cursor keys may be used to
highlight the required patient at which point pressing the Return key will select that
patient for labelling.
Printing Labels
The system can be configured to have up to six label sets available for selection, each of
which may comprise one or more labels. The required label set is selected by clicking on
the name of the set. The currently selected set is indicated by a highlighted "radio button"
next to the name.
The current version of LabelTrace allows selection of up to seven fields in addition to
patient data. These are Doctor plus six user-definable fields. To select an entry for one
of these fields, click on the down arrow to the right of the field and click on your
selection in the resulting list. Any fields not required on the current label set will be
hidden. For example a simple mailing label has only patient data on it so no additional
fields are visible when "Mailing Label" is selected. The Doctors field allows the relevant
doctor's name and cipher number to be included on the lab label.
Setting Preferences
To set your preferences for LabelTrace, log on to the system as Manager then select the
View/System/LabelTrace Preferences menu option. This opens the Preferences window
and allows you to specify the default selection for each data field, the port to which the
label printer is connected and the Print Density setting.
The port to which the printer is connected may be specified by clicking on the "Local -
Label Printer" tab and selecting from a drop down list. If you are uncertain which port
the printer is connected to, try each in turn, though generally it is likely to be COM1 or
COM2, If however you are using a standard printer cable connection, it is almost certain
that you should select LPT1. Select FILE if you are sharing the printer, utilising LabelTrace
Print Manager to drive the printer. The path to the shared folder into which label data
will be saved should be entered by clicking the Browse button (with three dots) and . This
will normally be a folder called "LTPRTMGR" on the C drive of the PC driving the printer.
The print density is a number from 1-30. The higher this number, the darker the print on
the label. Set 10 for LP2824 printers
You may specify the doctor's name to be selected by default, on opening, by clicking on
the down arrow at the right hand end of the selection box then clicking on the required
entry in the resulting drop down list. The defaults for User Fields are set similarly.
Managing Data Fields
Managing the additional data fields which may be included on labels produced via
LabelTrace is carried out by logging on as a Manager then selecting the
View/System/Doctors (etc) options from the Main Menu bar.
The available fields are Doctor and six user-definable fields, each of which stores
multiple entries for selection at print time. In addition, some fixed practice information
can be stored in a Practice Details section.
Doctor Field
This field is used to hold the names and ID Numbers (as known at the labs, also called
cipher number) of doctors as they should appear on labels.
User-definable Fields
Up to six user-definable fields may be utilised. These must be set up giving the field a
name (Label) and then entering lists of possible values. To enter names for the fields,
select the View/System/User Fields option from the menu bar. Click on the user field you
wish to set up then click on Edit. Now enter the "Label" for the field (NB this is also the
field name as used within label templates). Optionally add a description of the field.
Click OK to save these settings. The "Label" for the field will now be shown when you
click on the View/System/User Fields Values option on the menu bar allowing entry of
the data for the field.
Adding/Editing Data for Fields
On Selecting View/System/Doctors, you will be presented with a list of the data, if any,
already entered in the Doctors field. If you wish to select a user field for which to view
and/or edit the data, then click on the View/System/User Fields Values menu item and
select the field of interest. Having selected the field of interest you may add, edit or
delete entries as follows.
The Doctor field and the user-definable fields operate identically:- to add an entry, click on the Add button then complete the field (or fields in the case of
Doctor) as required and click OK to save the new entry.
- to edit an entry, click on the entry to highlight it and click Edit. Modify the data as
required and click OK to save the new version.
- to delete an entry, click on the entry to highlight it and click Delete. Now click Yes to
confirm deletion of the entry or No to Cancel.
- to rearrange the order of entries, select an entry by clicking on it then use the up/down
blue arrows to drag the entry to the required position. They will be displayed in this
order for selection prior to printing.
Selecting Practice Details opens a window with fields for Practice address, telephone
number and code (cipher). This information is simply entered by completing or editing
the fields and clicking OK to save the data or Cancel to exit.
Installing the LabelTrace Client
Note that the client software for the LabelTrace system is actually a version of the
"QuickTrace" system. Consequently, during installation you will see some references to
QuickTrace. These should be treated as references to LabelTrace.
Running the Installer on a Client PC
Ensure that you are logged on as Administrator. Use Explorer to view the folder
["Servername" should be replaced by the name of the PC with LabelTrace's data folder,
Vx is the version reference]
Double click on "SETUP.EXE" to start the installation procedure.( Use the "View/Options
menu selection of Explorer to ensure you can see the full file name, if necessary.)
Follow the on-screen instructions, accepting defaults offered unless there is some
particular reason not to. The relevant data required may alternatively be entered in
place of defaults.
Click "Finish" on the final Installer screen - this may be hidden behind an Explorer
window which you may close. You may be asked to restart your PC before being able to
use LabelTrace and we recommend that you do so, if requested. The installation will now
complete and automatically provides a shortcut on the desktop (this shortcut is labelled
Finally log on to LabelTrace. If the current version in use on the site is later than the
version the installer provides, an automatic update mechanism will trigger a message to
be displayed offering to apply an update. Respond Y to apply the update then restart
LabelTrace. Note - on W95/98 PCs, if probelms with autoupdating occur, you should
respond N and manually apply the updates by copying all files in the folder
"\\servername\qtdata\updates" to the local folder "Qtrace97" then restarting
When LabelTrace is running, ensure that the "Allow Partial Matches" checkbox is
checked on the Patient Lookup and use the "View/System/LabelTrace Preferences/Local
- Label Printer" menu option to allow for this - check the "Label Printer attached" check
box, select the port, select the print density (7 for TLP2742, 12 for Companion, 10 for
LP2824) and the handshaking(hardware for all printers except Companion type).
De-installing LabelTrace Client
To de-install LabelTrace Client, ensure that you are logged on as Administrator. Select
Start/Settings/Control Panel/Add_Remove Programs option. Select QuickTrace from the
list of software which can be removed and click "Add/Remove". Click OK to confirm and
the deinstallation process will remove all components.
Instructions for Generating a New Extract of Patient Data
Run the Ad hoc Report "QuickTrace", accepting the default location for the output files
(normally "C:\extract"). If these files already exist, you will be prompted to confirm that it
is OK to overwrite each of these in turn - respond Yes to both.
From the EMIS Main Menu
ST - Search and Statistics
B - Patient Searches
R - Repeat a Search (return)
Select "QuickTrace"
Do you wish all date ranges moved forward?" - answer "Y"
When search is complete, will flash at top of screen.
S - Search Results
Select "QuickTrace"
F - Report names/addresses/aspects of patient record
Select "QuickTrace"
P - Print, view or export report
Export to Microsoft Excel
Accept "," as delimiter
[will save as C:\espool\stew.csv - folder must already exist]
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Run the Report "QuickTrace".
Generation of a new extract of patient data occurs automatically overnight.
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