What's new in eNICQ 6?

The eNICQ 6 application includes some major design changes and new features.

  • Continuous Data Submission regardless of record status. Any new record saved in eNICQ 6 is automatically submitted to the Vermont Oxford Network (VON).  Even an incomplete record or a record with an error needing resolution in eNICQ 6 will be submitted.
    • The advantage of this change is that data state will almost always be consistent between records in your local eNICQ database and records here at VON.
    • The learning curve for this change is realizing that records will submit to VON automatically and that errors and incomplete will be visible both in eNICQ and at VON (on the Data Management site, for example).
  • Continuous updating of business rule and data entry forms. Rather than waiting for an annual update, the eNICQ 6 application is capable of changing its business rules, interaction rules, data entry forms, data fields, code listings and help files on-the-fly.  These updates will be pushed out live without requiring a scheduled update with your IT team. 
    • The advantage of this new model is that changes can be applied more frequently with lesser need for time consuming IT-managed upgrades.
    • The learning curve for this change is recognizing that changes to the eNICQ application may be applied with little notice other than a start-up message informing the user that updates have been applied.
  • A fully integrated security model which can adapt to either your own Active Directory groups or to the Vermont Oxford Network website's security model.  You must use one of these two enhanced security authentication models to use eNICQ 6.
    • Active Directory integration is recommended as it will more closely adhere to your own security model and puts your IT team in charge of data security.
    • Member's Area login credentials can also be used to also log into eNICQ 6. Your VON Services Administrator will be responsible for controlling access.
  • Streamlined Design for Data Entry and Navigation.  There are simply fewer screens and choices in the eNICQ 6 application.  The program has been reduced to only the functions that are necessary for data entry and submission.
    • The forms have been consolidated into a single data entry form with easy search and navigation features to find either a specific data item or items in error.
    • Fields will remain hidden unless they are applicable to specific patients.  Not every record will show every data item; only the relevant data items will appear.
  • Additional Calculated Fields to identify status.  We've added fields for tracking an infant's current disposition and transfer status to enable quick search and queries.  Much of this functionality is available for search under the patient log.  
  • Simplification of setting Still In House for patients.  This action was troublesome for our users during closeout so we've made a single field selection available to declare an infant "Still in House".