Release notes for September 2013

This major software release includes many new features and enhancements and was jointly funded by Saskatoon Health Region and the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council. The main changes are:

Optimization of page-load times. Quality Insight was deployed on a new dedicated web server, and several performance enhancements were also made to the software. Average page load time has improved from 6.5 seconds to .6 seconds.

Support for human-readable URLs. The URLs used on site are now human readable. URLs for indicator charts, for example, now include the indicator name, applied stratifications, and reporting frequency.

Addition of optional user-accounts. The site now includes support for optional user accounts. Each user account has a location (i.e., facility or health region) and optionally a service (e.g. long-term care, home care, etc.). Anonymous users are still supported, but many of the new enhancements included in this release require an account.

Addition of private indicators. Private indicators are now supported. Private indicators allow facilities to access data for internal improvements without worrying about suppression rules that are often required when data are published publicly. Private indicators can be configured so that they are visible to authenticated users from a location and optionally from a service.

Addition of private dashboards. Private dashboards can be used to aggregate indicators for a location and optionally for a service. For example, we are currently creating a dashboard for Long-Term Care in Saskatoon Health Region. Only users from the specified location and service can access the dashboard, and each user's dashboard automatically defaults to their location. For example, in Long-Term Care, the dashboard will default to each user's care home.

Addition of private annotations. Authenticated users with proper permissions can now add private annotations to indicator charts for their location. Private annotations allow users to develop action plans and to respond to data in the chart. The annotations are only visible to other authenticated users who can access the indicator for the location.

Addition of conversation threads. Authenticated users can comment on private annotations, and all comments are shown in the Annotations Tab beneath the chart.

Addition of favourite indicators and favourite dashboards. A profile page is now accessible to authenticated users, and it can be used to access, print, or export (as PDF) the latest versions of charts for the user's favourite indicators and favourite dashboards. Indicators and dashboards can be selected as favourites by clicking the star icon on the left side of their blue title bar, and the settings used in the indicator's chart, including the current stratification and reporting frequency, will be saved.

Addition of favorite printing. The profile page allows users to print or export the charts for some or all of their favourite indicators and/or dashboards. Favourites are stored in the user profile, so can be accessed at any time, and printed/exported charts always show an up-to-date version of the chart.

Optimization of chart printing. The print feature is optimized so that results are more consistent across all supported browsers. The appearance of printed metadata (i.e., indicator title and stratifications) is also improved.

Release notes for April 2013

This software version includes display and performance enhancements:

Support for run chart rules. Two run chart rules, shift and trend, are now supported. They are represented using red and white icons, and information on the rules can be accessed by clicking the ? button located above each chart.

Optimization of page-load times. Several technical improvements were made to the pages that display indicator charts, and now page load time has improved significantly.

Support for indicator tagging. System administrators can now tag indicators to associate them with any classification scheme used in the health system (e.g. by service line or by metric). The tagging feature also provides users with more options for navigating the indicators stored in the system.

Release notes for October 2012

This software version includes several display and printing enhancements:

Addition of text summaries. Short text summaries, with a maximum length of 255 characters, can now be added below charts.

Addition of arrow showing best direction for results. An arrow icon, either pointing up or down, can now be added to charts to show the best direction for results.

Support for run chart rules. Two run chart rules, shift and trend, are now supported.

Improved printing compatibility. The print feature was optimized so that chart printing is more consistent across all supported browsers.

Enhanced metadata for printed and exported charts. A text heading is now displayed in printed and exported charts, and it shows the indicator name and a list of stratifications (e.g. health region, reporting frequency, etc.).

Search engine optimization. URLs were modified, and a sitemap was created to allow search engines to index site content more effectively.

Release notes for August 2012

This software version modifies the advanced chart option and includes new annotation functionality:

Changes to advanced chart option. The advanced chart option is now only displayed when the mean and control limits are available for an indicator.

Support for multiple annotations for a data point. More than one annotation can now be attached to a data point in a chart.

Removal of the Excerpt field in annotations. The Excerpt field was removed, and now annotations only contain a Title and Details.

Restyling of annotation popups. The size and appearance of the annotation popup, which is triggered by clicking an annotation icon, were modified to improve usability and reduce occlusion.

Addition of annotation line. A red line is now drawn from an annotation popup to its anchor point in the chart

Support for attaching an annotation to multiple charts. The annotation editor now allows annotations to be attached to more than one chart.

Release notes for June 2012

This software version includes these enhancements:

Changes to the provincial map. A show map / hide map feature was added to allow users to set the visibility of the provincial map. The default behavior of the map was also changed—it is visible in the dashboard and is hidden when indicator charts are displayed.

Addition of documentation on run chart and SPC charts. Documentation on run chart and SPC chart rules was added, and can be accessed by clicking the ? button shown above indicator charts.

Enhancements to the administration console. Significant modifications were made to the administration console to improve usability, to streamline indicator specification, and to improve the efficiency of the upload process.