Clinical Desktop Configuration

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The Clinical Desktop View is a view of all of the patient information the clinician, physician or user needs to be able to care for a patient. With the Allscripts Touchworks v11 Clinical Desktop each user will have the ability to create their own view(s).


"Your point of view" - You know what information you want to see and how you want to see it displayed on your desktop.

"Key clicks" - You can eliminate excessive key clicks jumping from screen to screen.

"Time Saver" - You won't have to waste time searching for the information you are looking for, it will all appear exactly where you want it, all on one page if you'd like.

Before you get started

Clinical Desktop View Starter Sets - Allscripts provides a standard starter set of Clinical Desktop Views upon delivery of the Clinical Desktop in v11; users can use what’s provided or easily build their own view(s).

Security - Each TouchWorks user must have the “Workspace View Edit” security code assigned to them to be able to create or edit their “Clinical Desktop View”. This security clearance will activate the “edit” button in the Clinical Desktop.

Full Screen Display – At any time you decide that you want to view one particular components information all by itself, simply check the box “Open in Full Screen Display”. This same check box may be used if for any reason you do not like or wish to create a layered view. No need to build layered views. (see a picture of the "Full Screen Display" view at the end of this document.)

Let's get started

We'll configure a Clinical Desktop View using View 4.

Log in to TouchWorks as an administrative user.

Click Work Def Admin from the vertical toolbar.


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From the Workspace Definition Administrations workspace click Add/Edit Desktop View on the bottom left of workspace.


The Edit View Dialog window will appear. Here you’ll see the default view, which in this example is the Adult Patient View utilizing View 3. You will also see the 8 Views you can pick from to create a new view.


Let’s create a new view named 'Dr Heatbeat' using View 4.

Click the “New…” button. The Create New View box will appear. Type in a New View Name


Click OK

Click on the View you’d like to create. 555.jpg

This example uses View 4, so when chosen, view 4 appears on my screen. 666.jpg

Next, decide which of these Components you want in each workspace.


Let’s say we want to view the following Components in the workspace on the left: Allergies, Meds/Orders and Problem. Check the boxes associated with Allergies, Meds/Orders and Problem Click the “Add Selected” button in the left side workspace.


Now I’ll add Health Management Plan and Chart Viewer in the top right workspace and Encounter and Patient Worklist in the bottom right workspace.


Click Apply to save the view and stay on this page, or click OK to save view and return to the main page and Vertical Tool Bar or click Cancel to cancel the action.

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Full Screen Display view

This view allows you to view one component's information at a time. Simply, check the "Open in Full SCreen Display" and then click on the component you'd like to open for viewing.


How to remove Views

To remove a view you created and no longer need

Important! -Both Desktop Views and Note Views populate the list together. If you try to delete a view in the following steps using the Add/Edit Desktop View button, but don't see it in the list then its under Add/Edit Note View.


First- Select whether the view you want to delete/edit is an Enterprise or Organization view


Next- select the view you wish to delete and make sure it is not assigned to any users


Then- click the Add/Edit Desktop View or Add/Edit Note View depending on which type you wish to delete/edit


If you are in the right view editor (Desktop vs. Note), your selected view will be showing in the list- click the delete button to delete


Your view is now deleted!