This guide contains all design guidelines (mandatory and recommended) accompanied by example diagrams to illustrate their application. Although offered
as a quick reference to already familiar guidance, you may also find this guide
useful for exploring areas of guidance that are new to you.
The diagrams, mock screenshots and icons in this document are purely illustrative.
The examples given are taken from the UK National Health Service.
Remember that this guide is not a replacement for the definitive version which
includes further usage examples (showing both correct and incorrect application)
and details the rationale behind the guidance.
Purpose of this Guidance
The term 'patient banner' refers to the area of the clinical application's user interface that
contains patient identification information used to match records with patients or any of their
associated artefacts, such as samples, letters, specimens, wristbands and X-rays.
Although there are no accurate figures
on the frequency or cost of mismatching errors, they form a significant part of the whole range
of errors in healthcare. A clear and prominent indicator of which patient record is currently
in view, using the core patient identifiers, is an important component in reducing errors of failed
or mismatched patient identification.
This version of the Patient Banner guide is based on the full guidance document
Design Guide Entry - Patient Banner (v18.104.22.168) - PDF