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Northeast Innovations Hint #13 - Advanced Topic: Universal Station LCD Fields

How to Configure the Lower Line of the 3008 Display

Description:

This document describes how to change the way the fields of numbers display on the LCD of the Model 3008 Universal Station. It contains a quick explanation followed by a more detailed explanation.

Materials Needed:

  • Northeast Innovations Universal Station Model 3008

Quick LCD Fields Explanation

  1. There are 16 available characters on the bottom row of the LCD.
  2. You can have up to four different fields on the bottom row of the LCD. (A field is a group of characters.)
  3. Each of the first 4 digits of the A93 memory location represents a field. (The last 4 digits do other things and are zeroes by default.)
  4. In memory location A93, the digit for each field denotes the position of the last character in that field. Each digit is a hexadecimal number.
  5. To turn a field off, put in a zero in A93 for that field. Use leading zeroes when fewer than four fields are used.
  6. You cannot turn off the fourth LCD field. If you put in a zero for the last field the station will make the 16th character the last one used in the row.

Detailed LCD Fields Explanation


Description of the LCD:

The alphanumeric display (also called the LCD) of the Model 3008 Universal Station has two rows of 16 characters for a total of 32 characters. The top row of the LCD is normally used by the station to indicate its status. The lower row of the LCD is generally used to indicate the ID number of the transcriptionist and/or the ID number of the record the transcriptionist is working on.

The following table shows the layout of the LCD characters:

1st2nd3rd4th 5th6th7th8th 9th10th11th12th 13th14th15th16th
1st2nd3rd4th 5th6th7th8th 9th10th11th12th 13th14th15th16th


Lower LCD Row Options:

The lower row of the LCD can be programmed to display up to four different fields separated by spaces. Here are a few examples of what could be displayed on the bottom line of the LCD:

  • a 4-digit physician code, a space, and a 5-digit patient ID (10 characters are used including the space)
  • a 3-digit department code, a space, a 4 digit physician code, another space, and a 6-digit patient ID (15 characters are used including the spaces)
  • a 2-digit hospital code, a 2-digit department code, a 4-digit physician code, and a 5-digit patient ID (all 16 characters are used including the spaces)

How to Program the LCD Display Options:

The key to programming the way the LCD displays numbers lies in the A93 memory location. (If you would like information about how to program a Universal Station memory location, please refer to Hint #5 - Universal Station Programming Reference.)

More specifically, the first four digits of the A93 memory location control the fields of the LCD display. (The last four digits of the A93 memory location control other features of the station.) The default setting for A93 is 306D0000. The purpose of each of the first four characters (by default these are 306D) is described in the following table:

Which character of A93 Default Value Purpose
First 3 Last position of the first LCD field. The value 3 means that 3 digits will be displayed as the first LCD field. After the third digit, there will be a space.
Second 0 Last position of the second LCD field. The value 0 means that the second field is disabled and there is no 2nd field used in this configuration.
Third 6 Last position of the third LCD field. The value 6 means that the third field ends with the 6th display position. After the 6th position, there will be a space.
Fourth D Last position of the fourth and final LCD field. The value "D" is a hex digit equivalent to the number "13" (See the table below). Therefore, the last digit displayed on the LCD will be the 13th digit in the row.


The Universal Station uses hex digits in its memory locations. This allows numbers between 10 and 15 to be represented with a single character. The following table shows the hex equivalents to digital (normal) numbers.
Regular Number Equivalent Hex Digit Station Keypad Button
000
111
222
333
444
555
666
777
888
999
10AA
11BB
12CC
13DD
14E*
15F#


Examples:

This section will take each of the examples mentioned above and show how to program each one.






Example 1:

First, let's look at the default setting of A93 which is 306D0000.

This setting means that the first field has three characters. Then there is a space. The second field is set to zero and thereby disabled. The third field is set to "6" meaning that the field ends with the 6th digit. The fourth field is set to "D", which means that it is set to "13". So, the last digit displayed is the 13th.

So, the 2nd line of the LCD display will appear as follows:

(A93 set to 306D0000)
1st2nd3rdSPACE 5th6thSPACE8th 9th10th11th12th 13thBLANKBLANKBLANK

Note that the setting 036D0000 would have the same effect.






Example 2:

Now, let's look at the example given above to program the station LCD with:

  • a 4-digit physician code, a space, and a 5-digit patient ID

We want the 2nd line of the LCD display to appear as follows:

1st2nd3rd4th SPACE6th7th8th 9th10thBLANKBLANK BLANKBLANKBLANKBLANK


To do that, we would program A93 as follows:

(The A93 Memory Location)
004A0000

Since we are only using two fields, we use the second-to-last and last fields, disabling the first two by putting in zeroes. After the 4th digit will be a space and the 10th digit (specified by the "A") will be the last one displayed.






Example 3:

Now, let's look at the example given above to program the station LCD with:

  • a 3-digit department code, a space, a 4 digit physician code, another space, and a 6-digit patient ID

We want the 2nd line of the LCD display to appear as follows:

1st2nd3rdSPACE 5th6th7th8th SPACE10th11th12th 13th14th15thBLANK


To do that, we would program A93 as follows:

(The A93 Memory Location)
038F0000

Since we are only using three fields, we use the second, third, and last fields, disabling the first one by putting in a zero. After the 3rd digit there will be a space. After the 8th digit there will be another space. The 15th digit (specified by the "F") will be the last one displayed.






Example 4:

Now, let's look at the example given above to program the station LCD with:

  • a 2-digit hospital code, a 2-digit department code, a 4-digit physician code, and a 5-digit patient ID

We want the 2nd line of the LCD display to appear as follows:

1st2ndSPACE4th 5thSPACE7th8th 9th10thSPACE12th 13th14th15th16th


To do that, we would program A93 as follows:

(The A93 Memory Location)
25A00000

After the 2nd digit there will be a space. After the 5th digit there will be another space. After the 10th digit (specified by the "A") there will be another space. To specify that we want to use the entire row of 16 characters, we put a "zero" in the fourth position of the memory location (the fourth "zero" is shown in boldface).






For Further Assistance:

If you have any questions about how to program this or any other feature of the Universal Station, you may contact us.


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