In the above screen shot, Judy's Drug List (JDLv3) has been loaded into INSTANT TEXT and the letters "in" have been typed. All drug and dosage entries appear in the Words advisory on the left. The generic form is shown in lower case and the brand name with an initial capital. Instant Text allows the use of certain keys like the semi-colon to enter text. These are called markers. To enter "Indameth 25 mg" into the text, the fastest way would be to type "7" and a marker key - 4 keystrokes to get 14.
You can also use also any left-to-right combination - the extraordinary "skip ahead" feature - to narrow the choice, then enter text by hitting the marker key. E.g. to get "Increlex " you could type "incx", "inrx" or "iclx" and the marker key. This feature allows rapid and flexible access to all the entries.
Entries from the Drug Administration glossary triggered by "in" appear in the Phrases window in the above screen shot. That glossary includes 400 modifiers such as "p.o. b.i.d.", "q.i.d." etc., so you can quickly add the appropriate modifiers.
A separate Drug Numbers glossary with 2400 entries allows faster entry of long (or any) numbers or ratios.
Another example from JDLv3 is shown below. Say you are looking for a specific drug and dosage. You type "f3" (or "f32", "f35" or "f325") and you can then easily select one of the choices using the short-cut methods noted above. You could also use the Ctrl and Shift keys to quickly enter a desired line. E.g. to get "flurazepam 30 mg" you could hit the Ctrl key and the marker: a total of 4 keystrokes to enter 16 characters, a gain of 400%.
expanders have different features and
capabilities, different short-form methods are used for the
SHORTHAND version. In
the screen shot below, SFLF3 has been opened in Shorthand
and the letters "ca" have been typed. The single column display is
shown. Note that the short form is
the same as the long form (except for capitalization).
To enter "cabergoline 0.5
mg" into the
text you would simply press F3. Or you could type a comma
repeatedly, which brings up new entries with each keystroke.
In this example, the ratio of keystrokes to text is 1:6 (3 keystrokes produces 18 characters)!
An additional Shorthand dictionary (MABCZ) with the same content but a different format is also provided. The two can be used independently or together. MABCZ utilizes the ABCZ rule for words (first three letters and last letter) preceded by "m" (for "medication"). Here "mef" has been typed in the 3-column display format:
Next, an additional "f" ("meff") has been typed, displaying more dosages for Effexor.
To enter one of the entries, you simply hit the corresponding F key. Or you could type the full short form and the space bar, or move the desired line to the top by hitting the comma repeatedly.
There is also a Drug Administration dictionary which contains 400 modifiers such as "p.o. b.i.d.", "q.i.d." etc., so you can quickly add the appropriate modifiers to the drug and/or dosage.
A separate Drug Numbers dictionary with 2400 entries allows rapid entry of long (or any) drug numbers or ratios.
A fifth dictionary, Latin Pharmacy, lists 200 Latin terms used in the pharmacy along with their meanings in English, as a reference resource.
In Version 3 of Judy's Drug Lists for Shorthand/Speedtype, you can choose either of two formats for the main file, and can utilize the other three dictionaries to achieve very great keystroke savings (easily 50 to 75%). This compares with zero savings for a traditional software drug list.