User Preferences

Many aspects of the RELMA program can be customized through the user preference screen, accessed by choosing the File > Set User Preferences menu option. The figure below shows the general program options available for customization.

General Tab

This tab controls the general properties of the RELMA program. The specific options on this tab are explained below.

Path to the LOINC Database

The "Path to LOINC Database" field displays the path and name of the Microsoft Access™ database that holds information about the LOINC terms and other data used by the program. Users can point the RELMA program to a different LOINC database by clicking the "Browse..." button to the right of this field. A Windows Explorer dialog box is displayed to help you navigate to the new file. A check is then performed to ensure the file selected is a valid LOINC database that RELMA can open and use.

Path to the Local Terms

The "Path to Local Terms" field displays the path and name of the Microsoft Access™ database that holds information about your local terms. Users can point the RELMA program to a different LMOF database by clicking the "Browse..." button to the right of this field. A Windows Explorer dialog box is displayed to help you navigate to the new file. A check is then performed to ensure the file selected is a valid LMOF database that the program can open and use.

Program Loading Options

The "When RELMA starts, it should" box contains three options that let you choose the screen you see when RELMA first starts. The first option, "Take me to the Welcome Screen", is the default for new installations and brings users to the welcome screen with the large red and grey buttons. The second option, "Take me to the Mapping Screen", tells the program to bypass the welcome screen and take users directly to the mapping screen where they can map local terms to LOINC terms and gain access to the other areas of the program. The third option, "Take me to the Simple Search Screen", tells the program to bypass the welcome screen and take users directly to the simple search screen. Any changes to this option will not take effect until you restart the RELMA program.

Map Screen Tab

The second tab on the user preferences screen allows the user to customize options related to mapping their local terms to LOINC® terms. See the figure below for an example of one user's settings. Descriptions of each setting are below.

Pre-Search Options

Auto Select Keyword

When a user is mapping terms, individual words (keywords) are extracted from the user's local terms and used in searches against the LOINC® database. Sometimes these keywords are "known" to the RELMA program, meaning that the RELMA program knows that at least one LOINC possesses the word. When this option is checked, RELMA will automatically choose to use "known" keywords in searches conducted against the database. Otherwise the user would have to individually select each keyword for each search performed (this could get tedious). This option is enabled by default.

Auto Wildcard Keywords (*)

This option appends an asterisk to the end of every keyword after it has been extracted from a local term. Doing this tells the RELMA program to find all words that start with the keyword rather than find all words that are equal to the keywords (e.g. find everything like "BLOO*" rather than find everything equal to "BLOOD"). This option is disabled by default.

Many local terms possess not only a test code and test description (items found in the OBX-3 segment of an HL7 message) but also a battery code and battery description (items found in the OBR-4 segment of an HL7 message). When this option is enabled, the words from the battery description will be extracted along with the words from the test description and used in searches performed against the LOINC® database. This option is enabled by default.

Mapping Options

Prompt for Comments When Mapping

When this option is enabled, RELMA will prompt users for comments each time they map a local term. This option is disabled by default. If you just want to leave the occasionally comment, you can use the "Comment" button on the mapping screen to add or edit the comment associated with the current local term at any time.

Post-Search Options

Display Post-Search Statistics

Some users are curious as to how many LOINCs were examined during the search or how long different parts of the search algorithm took to be performed. Enabling this option tells the RELMA program to display a popup box after every search with such information about the search performed. This option is disabled by default.

Mapping & Linguistic Options

Current Preference

The value displayed represents the user's preferred linguistic variant which, among other things, determines which variant will be displayed in the search results grid along with the other LOINC information. To change the preferred linguistic variant, simply click on the "Choose..." button.

Subset Tab

This tab contains the targeted subsets list created by users which contains set of approved LOINC codes. The users must be logged in to access the subset list.

The users will have access to Manage subsets link on the subset screen which directs them to the webpage where they can create and maintain the subset list.

Submissions Tab

RELMA supports two methods for sending submission files.

  • WEB (FTP) default
    • In this process, the generated submission file is sent directly to Regenstrief Institute.
    • The default "Timeout in Minutes" is 180. While not typical, it is advisable to increase this setting, should RELMA present timeout type errors or fails to respond within the alloted timeout setting.
  • EMAIL
    • This process will generate the submission file and open your default email client for further processing.

See section Submitting a Submission File Using RELMA for more details

Local Terms Backup Tab

RELMA provides backup capability for your local terms database. The figure above shows the default settings.

  • Automatic Backup Frequency
    • Never make a backup. I'd rather do it manually. This turns off the automation of backups; however the application will still allow you to create backups from the Local Term Backup form.
    • Make a backup every time I exit the program. This will make a copy each time the application exits.
    • Make a backup every [integer] days. This will make a backup once the pre-defined time period has passed. Note that the backup is created on application exit and will not be created unless the application is opened.
  • Backup Retention Policy
    • Keep the last [integer] backups on disk. This allows the user to control how many backups are saved on disk.
    • Never delete backup files. I'll clean them myself. This setting is not recommended with automatic backups since this has a potential of consuming a large portion of your hard drive space. If, however, you choose to perform backups manually, this setting would give the user more control.

Search Engine Tab

RELMA currently supports two different search engines. The new, on line, SOLR search engine is the recommended search engine and will be search engine for all new development work. This is the search engine used by default. The SOLR search engine requires that you have an internet connection and be logged on to your LOINC user account. If you are not logged on you will be prompted when you click the search button.

For now, RELMA still supports the legacy Lucene search engine. This search engine provides the same syntax and functionality it always has. Over time, the Lucene search engine will be phased out.

Knowledge Base

Users’ Guide

Search Syntax

RELMA

FAQ