Frequently Asked Questions About the WordEMRProject (WEP)
What versions of MS Office are supported?
What are the New Features of the WEP?
clarify the license - free is a little ambiguous these days. Free to
copy? Free to distribute and resell? Free to use any content in the
does the executable do - it has been a little worried - is it going
to update my Word install - replace my normal.dot ?
Is WEP "open code"?
Why not use an OpenOffice platform?
How do you write prescriptions with the WEP?
How can patient data be accessed and saved?
Exit strategy- how can the WEP transfer data
to another EMR?
How about integration with OneNote?
Is MS Office EMR Project going to be CCHIT
Can the WEP be Linked to Another MS Office
of MS Office are supported?
The WEP can be used in the following
platforms: MS Office 2000, MS Office 2002, and MS Office 2003.
MS Office 2007 is not supported at this time.
What are the New Features of the WEP?
I improved the following:
the installation setup
I got rid of the
splash screen text mentioning purchasing and activation, and
I got rid of a last
minute bug with text deployment that I added when I improved the
main template's interface.
I'm now currently
working on the forum that will allow discussion and help with the
integration of the software to your practice.
Can you clarify the license - free is a little ambiguous these days.
Free to copy? Free to distribute and resell? Free to use any content in
WEP can be used on multiple computers and will work well on a
Windows Peer-To-Peer setup well. You are free to copy and use program
content in your office. You can distribute it in its current form (unchanged). You can
not repackaged/resale the software.
I do sell the "open source" version licenses as shareware
so as to help defray the overhead costs. All the underlying code is
exposed. This version can be downloaded from
What does the executable
do - it has been a little worried - is it going to update my Word
install - replace my normal.dot ?
The simple executable does not change your registry directly; it simply
adds the shortcuts to your start menu, to your desktop, and sets up a
folder into your Windows Explorer "My Programs" section.. That's it-
there are no registered components. If you uninstall the software, your
system will be as it was before. Like always, these templates are
self-contained and will not alter your normal.dot configuration.
There are a ton of screenshots in the manual and to get up and going
rapidly, there is a short "read me now" paper that will allow you to
make a report on Mr. George Bush, you trial patient!
Is WEP "open code"?
Actually, the WEP is free, and the tables are
exposed, but it's not open code at this time. The eBook does explain a
lot of the processes, and the "open
source" version is offered for a small fee ($79)
Why not use an
OpenOffice is an excellent alternative, but it
lacks Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) which is what makes the WEP
so powerful. Also, using a MS Office based solution makes the EMR
compatible with most hospital MS Office based computers. Also, I don't
How do you
write prescriptions with the WEP?
Prescription writing is in the 3rd page of the
SOAP UserForm. It will send the prescriptions to your default laser or
patient data be accessed and saved?
("How did this summary data get
documented on the top of this NEW encounter sheet? Does it have to be
re-entered (voice/type/writing) each encounter?")
This template's powerful interface is managed through the use of
multiple UserForms which connect to a set of backend Access Jet 4.0
tables (in the next upgrade, this will change to an SQL backend). These
UserForms pop up over the template and when the needed data is
finalized, this data can be deployed onto the template.
When you select a patient, all the pulled data is derived from his/her
general medical data from an Access "medical" table. If changed, these
changes can be saved to update the underlying tables.
It's a fully relational one-write, networkable EMR.
Exit strategy- how can the WEP transfer data to another EMR?
The backend tables are open and are written in
Access. If you have Access on your computer, you can export the tables
to the following standard data formats:
*.mdb, *.adp, *.mdw (Access formats)
*.txt (general text format)
*.csv (MS Excel format)
How about integration
You must realize that although OneNote was
"spiritually" included within the MS Office 2003 System, it really still
lacks the close integration using the VBA programming language that most
other MS Office applications have. Through the process of "automation",
one can transfer information within any of the MS Office entities
(Access / Word / Excel / Powerpoint / Outlook), but VBA was specifically
left out of OneNote. Although OneNote now has some XML support for
information gateways and better hyperlink support, as a programming
platform it still has a long way to go.
For example, the process that underlies the basic kernel of the WEP-
i.e. integraton of Access with Word tightly via the VBA programming
language, is missing in OneNote. There is also no support for tables, so
you can't really save your records to a Jet 4.0 or SQL backend, as you
can with Word.
In the past I've used the WEP to send a SOAP note to GoBinder**, which
is pretty cool stuff... This was not a "wish list" item, but an actual,
true item that I incorporated with the initiation of the version 4,
WEP. I didn't appreciate the utility of it, so temporarily I disabled
this capability, but I may look at this again in the future (also will
work with EverNote and again with OneNote 2007). Unfortunately, the
promise of GoBinder and Evernote is diminishing. If you go to the
GoBinder website, you'll note that they haven't upgraded the 2006
version in 2 years. URL:
http://www.gobinder.com/Support.aspx . Their forums section has been
Evernote seems to be working on their product, coming out with frequent
http://www.evernote.com/about/what_is_en/). Adobe Acrobat is also a
strong contender to work with Word, but I'm not sure that it will add
anything that enticing. PDF files, though, tend to be smaller than DOC
files, so in certain situations, s.a. for uploading a big document, a
PDF is easier to handle.
**To do this, you have to download the GoBinder 30 day trial...
MS Office EMR Project going to be CCHIT certified?
No; if it were, it would cost $30000.00 or more. If you wish to do
pay-for-performance or e-prescribing, then pay for participating in
these ill-conceived initiatives.
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WEP be Linked to Another MS Office EMR?
The next version of the WEP will interface with its MS Access sibling
and with MS Excel to allow for billing uploads to Office Ally.