Note: all extracts and values shown in this article are for example purposes only.

When prescribing, the extracts shown in the Choose Extracts window are sorted by their test order number. This value is initially set when adding a new extract into Summit, but can be changed to adjust the order in which extracts appear when prescribing. For example, you can adjust the test order value of your most used extract so it appears at the top of the extracts list when prescribing. This article will show you how to find the test order for an extract, how to change the test order value, and how changing the test order value effects the Choose Extracts window when prescribing.

In the example above, you can see Sweet Gum and Pine at the top of the list of extracts, above both Tree Mix 1 and Tree Mix 2. For this example, we've decided that we want Tree Mix 1 and Tree Mix 2 at the top of the list. While the extract list can be sorted by any column value by clicking the column header or using search filters to find a desired extract, extracts are sorted by default by their test order number. This column may not be shown by default in your environment, and is not in this example. To show the test order column, check the order box from the choose columns dropdown. In the above example, Sweet Gum has a value of 1, Pine a value of 2, Tree Mix 1 a value of 3, Tree Mix 2 a value of 4, and so on down the list. Changing those values will adjust the order extracts appear on the list.

The test order value for an extract can be changed by navigating to System Management > Extracts. In the example above, the extracts have been sorted by their test order. If the order column is not shown by default, repeat the process from the choose extracts window to show the column, then click the column header to sort by that value. Here, Tree Mix 1 is highlighted, and on the far right side of the screen, we can see the test order value is 3. 

Test order values are relative. Moving an extract up the order will move other extracts down, whereas moving an extract down in the order will move other extracts up. In this example, we want Tree Mix 1 and tree Mix 2 at the top of the list, so we need to set the test order value for Tree Mix 1 to 1 and Tree Mix 2 to 2. This will automatically change the values of Sweet Gum and Pine to 3 and 4 respectively. Because Tree Mix 1 and Tree Mix 2 were already higher on the list than the other extracts, the values for extracts with test orders 5 and below will not change. The example below reflects these changes.

Note: It can sometimes be easier to understand test order values by thinking of them as books on a bookshelf. Taking a book from the middle of the shelf and putting it at the beginning of the shelf will shift the order of each book before it by one, but the books after it will remain unchanged. Or taking the first book from the shelf and moving it to the end will move every other book up by one. The test order value behaves the same way.

Returning to the order entry window we can see the change to the extract list when creating a prescription. Even without showing the order column and sorting the extracts by order, Tree Mix 1 and Tree Mix 2 are at the top of the extract list. The example below shows that while the four extracts that had their order changed are in new positions, the remainder of the list is the same. One important thing to note is that tests orders for extracts apply to all providers within an organization, so hospitals/clinics with many providers might not be able to set an extract order that is desirable for everyone as easily as a location with one or two providers.

You are now able to adjust the test order values of extracts to change they way they appear when prescribing! For additional questions, please refer to our other knowledge base articles or contact Xtract support via telephone or support ticket.