Fundamentals Level I

This course is designed as a starting point for someone who has had some exposure to the NPR Report Writer. As long as you can navigate around the screens and have attempted a report or two this will be the perfect starting point. If you have never seen an NPR Report Writer screen before then you need to start at the introduction level where we cover the most basic keystrokes and page navigation.

1. Module & Data Structures Overview

We look at the data storage components and the flow of data within the module with a view to giving you an idea of how it all works.

Also covered is how to identify production data segments and even more important how to identify the more important report writing data segments and indexes

2. Downloading Data

It can take a little while to get proficient with NPR so while you are learning we make sure that you can get the data you need out of Meditech and into an application that you are more comfortable with.

3. Intro Example
We do a basic but thorough example where we explain the various screens and how they connect to the standard data fields and indexes.
4. Multiples
We show you how to deal with those many-to-one data segments that are quite literally everywhere in the data structures.

5Sorting & Selecting

Example and explanation on creating efficient selects and functional sorts. Also covered is some practical tips for making your reports efficient.

6Grouping & Totaling

Lets face it, it will not be too long before someone asks you for a statistics report of some kind. Here we provide an example on how to set up reports for calculation and/or statistical reporting.

Also covered are the related concepts of header and trailer keys

7. Computed Fields
This is where we show you how to create your own data fields. Yes, there are literally thousands of standard data fields in the system but we can guarantee that you will find plenty of uses for creating your own,
8. Math Operators
The standard math operators and how to work with them. Also some tips and tricks to deal with rounding issues in those statistical reports.

9. String Manipulation Operators

Using computed fields and these operators let you really get things done. Things like combining multiple fields into one and creating truly unique sorts and selects.

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