With the ongoing development of AcuGraph 5, I’m pleased to announce another major release to the software. This makes the 3rd major release in the past 12 months, each one with important new features and improvements.
In this post I’m going to show you one of the newest features in AcuGraph 5, Capturing live photos directly in the AcuGraph software. You can use this new feature to connect a camera to your computer and capture images in real-time, directly in the software. This is ideal for snapping pictures of your patients for the patient overview, as well as for capturing images of conditions or concerns and monitoring progress.
Let me show you how to start doing this today:
In the Patient Overview Window, you can see that along with all of the patients’ contact information and vital statistics, we also can have a patient photo. This image can be loaded by either dragging and dropping a photo right there…
Or you can click on the little camera icon in the top right corner. This activates the camera connected to the computer.
In this case I’m using the camera built-in to my laptop, but of course that’s facing me as the laptop user, if you want a camera that’s facing the patient then that’s really easy, too. If you have one of these little webcam type cameras, it plugs into the USB port, just switch over to that one and you can see that AcuGraph will use the video from the webcam instead.
And you can point it wherever you want, frame the shot the way you want it, and click to capture the picture.
When you get the picture that you want, just click use this picture and AcuGraph automatically saves the picture to your AcuGraph software.
Of course if I’m not happy with the picture, I can just click “try again.” When I click “use this picture,” there it is, I have it in the patient record.
Capturing Photo in Patient File
Now the same thing also works over the Patient File area under Picture section.
If you need to get a photo here, perhaps a photo of the patient, or perhaps a part of the patient, an injury or a rash or whatever it is you want to document, simply follow the same process. Click on the camera icon, select the webcam you wish to use, frame the shot the way you want, and take the picture.
Now I have a permanent record in the patient file which I can refer to and use to monitor progress.