Mental Health Scales - Key Features (iPhone)


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The app is subject (people)-centered. The initial screen shows a list of test subjects.

Test subjects may be identified by name, initials, or by any other meaningful way. For maximum confidentiality, we suggest the use of initials and a birthdate. If the full name is employed the user is responsible for issues of disclosing patient confidential information if the iPhone is lost. We strongly recommend use of the available in app security features discussed below.

To initiate a test just tap on the subject's name. To enter subject details or change them tap on the Information button.
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The user chooses a rating scale by tapping on its name.

The number of tests for each scale for that subject is shown on the right. Tapping on the number brings up the testing history for that scale or test for the subject.
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Test histories are stored on the device for each test subject, allowing the practitioner to easily review the subject's progress. The practitioner has complete control of the data.

For convenience, a new test can be initiated directly from the History screen.
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The user taps on the answer that best answers the question. You can move back and forth through the scale questions at any time, for review, or to correct an answer.
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The test subject is identified in the summary email or printed page by their alternate ID only. A default email address can be specified in Settings, enabling a quick one tap send.
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In Client Mode, navigation elements are disabled or removed from the screen to restrict the client (test subject) to navigating through the questions of the current rating scale only. Full application access is restored by double tapping with two fingers on the screen to bring up the security screen and enter the password. (See below.)
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In iOS 7 and later the accent color of the app can be customized away from the default burgundy color.

Tapping on Apply will change the accent color of the user interface to the color indicated.
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Mental Health Scales includes an extensive in-app Help screen that is navigable by tapping on HTML links.
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The desired test subject can be quickly found by name using the search bar. As characters as added to the search field the list of subjects is filtered down to include only those subjects whose name matches.

The search bar is hidden under the navigation bar. Just swipe down to expose it.

To initiate a test just tap on the subject's name. To enter subject details or change them tap on the Information button.
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Test subjects are given an alternate identifier, which can be specified automatically by the app or by the user, for example, a medical chart number. The alternate ID is used to identify the subject when emailing or printing test results.
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Test sessions begin with an instructions screen. The user can tap on the controls at the bottom of the screen to move through the scale questions, or swipe from right to left on the screen to go forward, or swipe from left to right to go backward.
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A summary is produced for each test, including a numerical score and its interpretation according to the authors of the rating scale. This provides an aid to diagnosis, but should not be taken as a diagnosis in itself.

The answers for each question (not shown here) appear in the summary, allowing a quick review of the results.

The summary can be emailed back to a central location or printed using AirPrint. The alternate ID assigned to the subject is used here, never the actual name.
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Data security is a prime consideration. Data in the app is secured by Apple's hardware-level encryption on passcode-protected devices. An in-app password, which is backed up by a security question selected from a choice of three provides two additional security modes. Version 2.2 added the ability to use Touch ID as an alternate to the password on iPhone 5S and later. Mental Health Scales is not yet capable of using Face ID for the same purpose..

Secure Mode prevents unauthorized launch of the app. Client mode allows the test subject to use the device for a self reporting scale without being able to access data outside the current test, or that of others.
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Anyone attempting to access the application with security turned on will only see the security screen. Access can be achieved by entering the password, or if that is lost, answering the security question.

On Touch ID equipped devices Touch ID can be used instead of the password to access the app.
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The BMI calculator allows the practitioner to monitor the effects of medications on the client's weight. The waist circumference is also recorded. The BMI is color coded to indicate if it is in a normal or abnormal range.
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Version 2.3 adds the ability to specify a default age for the subject (person). This reduces the amount of scrolling of the date picker needed when entering the birth date of a new subject. For example, if the practice consists primarily of older adults, the default age could be set to 65 years.

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