App of the day:
The Mercury Web Browser*
- If you're an intern, you'll know one of your most important daily tasks is to make sure your patients blood results are in their folders before the morning round. Failing to do so puts you at risk of a serious deep frying during the ward round. Fortunately the National Health Laboratory Service is available online for doctors registered in provincial service and you can access your patients results with your smart phone or tablet! So I just run from bed to bed with my iPad, punch in the patient's number and in a second I'm jotting down their results. Sorry to those who aren't South African doctors, I guess this post is very specific.
- To access NHLS I use Mercury. It's easy to use, has a nice looking interface and the NHLS can only be accessed through Internet Explorer or Fire Fox which are browsers available on the app.
- Access all your patients results for the past 5 years from any hospital they've visited in the province.
- After you've downloaded Mercury in the App Store, click the logo in the top right-hand corner:
- Select 'User Agent', then change to IE (Internet Explorer) or Fire Fox.
- This link https://labresults.nhls.ac.za/ will take you to this page where you can select your province and get to the right NHLS database for you i.e. select WWDISA for the Western Cape.
- You'll then come to this page where your persal number is your username and the password you should have set up when you first got your contract, otherwise I think it's your ID no.
*The free version works great, don't bother buying the paid for one.