Case picker questions – A question in which the answer is selected from information already entered in the system. To answer a case picker questions, the user will have to click on a link provided that navigates to the possible selection options.
Child question – A child question results when a particular attribute is chosen in a reflexive question. For example, if female is chosen instead of male, a child question might be “Has the patient ever been pregnant?” This question would not be asked if male is selected.
Concern – an important issue that could affect an event. There are two types of concerns in THISIS: System-generated concerns and user-generated concerns. See chapter 2.13 in the core manual for more information on concerns.
- System-Generated Concerns: Concerns that are automatically generated by THISIS and used to highlight a data entry issue. For example, if someone mistakenly inputs a date of birth for the person that is after the date of onset of symptoms, THISIS can generate a concern - a notice that a data entry error may have occurred. Because data entry errors in THISIS are shown as concerns, it is important to check the Concerns tab regularly. Some concerns will prevent the user from saving the question package until the concern is addressed. “Prevent save” and other messages will display on the event dashboard alerting the user to corrections needed.
- User-Generated Concerns: Concerns that are added manually by the user to bring attention to an important issue and can be about any aspect of the case.
Event – The occurrence of a disease and a person. A person can be associated with more than one event if he or she has multiple diseases. For example, if a man has TB, HIV and syphilis, he will have three events. If he were re-infected with syphilis two years later, he will have four events.
Group – Groups determine which events are visible to the user. Groups are typically based on jurisdiction (County, District, Region, and State) and a disease classification. Users can search and see events in groups other than their own but will only receive notifications about events in their own group. Users can belong to more than one group.
History – A way to expand a search to include older values, such as older addresses or names. Watch the video “Conquering THISIS” for more information on the history function.
HL-7 – Health Level Seven International – A set of international standards or mapping developed for the transfer of health data between software systems that would otherwise be unable to “communicate” because they are set up/developed differently.
Picker-type Question – Picker-type questions have a magnifying class to search for possible responses. For example: facilities or providers may be entered is different ways but refer to the same entity.
Question packages – A group of questions sharing a common theme. The group is related to various areas of interest for a given disease. All diseases will have a demographic question package. Diseases will also have question packages specific to the disease. For example, TB will have a question package about adverse reactions but does not have a question package for risk behaviors.
Recent Cases/Recent Events – A section on the Splash Screen/THISIS home page that shows events the user has recently worked on or created. Clicking on the ‘More’ link at the bottom of this box will bring you to the Recent Events screen, which contains a table with the twenty most recent events – events either created or viewed by the user.
Role – Roles define the user's permissions - the ability to use specific functions/features in THISIS. Example: a user with the STD First Line Supervisor role would have permission to approve field record dispositions. A TB nurse would have permission to enter and change data.
Soundex searches – a way to expand a search for items that sound like the search criteria used. Watch the video “Conquering THISIS” for more information on the soundex function.
Splash Screen – The opening screen, or home page in THISIS. It provides the user with a visual summary of what is going on in the system and is the place from which users access the main functions available in THISIS. Because users have different permissions and roles, belong to different groups, and work on different cases, the Splash Screen will often look different for each user. THISIS Splash Screen, Main Dashboard, homepage, and opening screen all refer to the same screen, and therefore, are terms used interchangeably.
Tabs – The tabs occupy the bottom half of the event dashboard page and display more detailed information about the event. The user can click to change the information presented by selecting each different tab. The section below the tab bar displays additional details about each tab.
Task – Tasks within THISIS are a technique for users to delegate assignments or work to others. They are essentially a type of workflow that are manually assigned by THISIS users and can be given a due date. See chapter 5.2 in the core manual for more information.
Toolbar – The toolbar is located at the top of a user's screen in THISIS and contains icons (buttons) that perform the majority of the functions in the system. The buttons displayed on the toolbar may vary depending on a user's role.
Workflow – Workflows are the way that THISIS helps users manage their work by identifying events and tasks that need user attention. THISIS internally monitors new and updated events and tasks to determine what actions are required, which then appear as a workflow in a user’s account.
Workflow Queue – The screen in a user’s account where all workflows for events that have satisfied monitored conditions appear. Events appear in workflow queues automatically based on what has happened or what must happen with an event. Workflows that appear in a user’s queue allow the user to keep up with events and work that need to be addressed. Some workflows will appear in a user’s queue for monitoring purposes, whereas other workflows in the queue will require action to be taken by a user with the appropriate permissions so the workflow can be removed from the queue.