October 9, 2020

Tip of the week: snippets

This week we focus on how to use snippets to quickly add content to medical notes and letters. Snippets are reusable pieces of content. A custom shortcut and a hashtag are all you need to save a ton of time.

Tip of the week: snippets

Welcome to the tip of the week. This week we focus on how to use snippets to quickly add content to medical notes and letters.

What's a snippet?

In the simplest sense, a snippet is just a piece of content that can be reused in several parts of the software.  For example, a snippet can be a description of a common observation, or perhaps detailed instructions for a medication that is prescribed frequently in the practice.  Rather than retyping the same information over and over again, it can be added to a content library as a snippet.

What makes snippets so special?

I'm glad you asked. Having the content stored in one place is only part of the magic.  The real magic is being able to access and use that content quickly.  To do that we use a handy shortcut that is custom to each snippet.  When working in a medical note, letter, or even an email communication, you can access your snippet library with a hashtag (#).  That little symbol then allows you to select the desired snippet, which is automatically added in place.

For example, if we frequently describe canine diabetes to clients, we can add that description as a snippet and assign a shortcut such as "K9diab." When we want to use the snippet, we start to type #k9diab and select it from the list...

Select a snippet using the hashtag shortcut

...and the snippet content is automatically replaced.  Presto!

In conclusion...

Snippets are an efficient way to get through charting or creating communications. They can also be used to standardize the tone and content of communications that are generated by different people in the practice.  

Cover photo by Patrick Perkins on Unsplash.