Today, we’re starting an informative monthly blog to share the new features we’ve released! This is intended to be a helpful resource for the PKB community to keep up to date and not miss any of the exciting new options available.
Below you can learn about changes to our user interface, security enhancements, registration updates, improvements to our email notifications and new integration features. At the end you’ll find a list of our recent bug fixes.
1. User Interface changes
a. Appointment screens optimisation
We have made our first set of changes to enhance the Appointments section to better display information and ensure the pages are optimised for smaller screens.
See our blog post for more information about these improvements.
b. ‘Discussions’ became ‘Events & messages’
We have changed the name of the ‘Discussions’ section to ‘Events & messages’ for patients and ‘Messages’ for professionals.
c. Measurements addition is now simpler
We have updated the ‘Add measurements’ screen so that a user viewing a particular measurement can now be taken to a filtered view of the measurements list when they want to add more values for that measurement. The filter will show the measurement that the user navigated from only instead of the user needing to search the full list.
d. Access log can be filtered
We have added an option for patients to filter out their own access history from the access log so that the activity of other users accessing their account is more visible. By default the patient’s own access is hidden but it can be displayed on clicking the checkbox.
e. Mobile optimisation – IOS
We have optimised diagnoses/allergies/medications pages for iOS 6 – iOS 8. These pages were previously optimised for Android and iOS 9 onwards.
f. Symptoms improved warning message
We have updated the warning message shown when patients mark their team symptoms as severe so that it is better fits how teams are using this feature.
2. Security enhancements
a. Password requirements
New passwords must now meet the following requirements: The password must contain at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, one number and one punctuation mark. It also needs to be at least 10 characters long. Existing passwords will continue to work.
b. Improved security questions
Following feedback and consultation with client sites, we have updated the set of security questions that users can select from when registering or changing their passwords.
c. Unsuccessful login attempts
We have added a limit to the number of unsuccessful login attempts allowed. If a user enters their password incorrectly more than ten times they will need to wait a few minutes before trying again.
d. Virus scanning for files
a. Registration pages
The text shown during registration has been updated so that it’s clear to a patient that a PKB account is being created. On the professional’s registration form we’ve updated the headings to make them more clear.
We have moved the language selector to the top of our registration forms so that a user can select their default language easily before completing the registration form.
In response to customer feedback, it is no longer mandatory to add a phone number during registration.
b. Invitations to register
4. Email notifications
Our email notifications are currently being enhanced to ensure the email text is clear and the email links take users to the relevant part of their record. We have started with patient emails and plan to continue on to carer and then professional email notifications.
Additionally, we have changed email service provider, our sender email address will now be firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tests screens, we will now display a location if provided in an HL7 message. The location provided in ORC-13.9 in HL7 ORU^R01 messages will be the display text.
Structured numeric lab results can now be sent in ORU^R01 messages using the HL7 API.
These results will be plotted on the graph with an annotation showing the actual value.
Recent bug fixes
- Professional team list: We have resolved an issue where some patients who had been discharged were still showing up on the professional’s team list.
- Coordinator team list: We have disabled the ‘reset password’ button for patients who are not yet registered to prevent this function being used in error on the coordinator’s team list.
- Patient demographics section: We have replaced the action ‘Confirm’ in the patient demographics section with ‘Remind to register’ for unregistered patients whose email was not added at account creation stage. This means that unregistered patients will be emailed a registration reminder rather than a notification to confirm their contact.
- Reminders to register: We have resolved an issue where, in some instances, the action to remind a patient to register was failing.
- Single sign on: We have fixed a redirect issue preventing some users from connecting to PKB from their app and resolved an issue with switching patient context.
- Tests screen: We have resolved an issue with graphs in the Tests section where the y axis was not always using an optimal range so the values on the y axis were not clear.
- Professionals schedule: We have fixed an issue preventing days out of office being saved on a professional’s schedule.
- Translations: We have ensured all text in the patient view is translatable.
We’d love to hear any feedback from customers on our features or on ways to make this regular blog more helpful; please contact us to start the conversation.