Are you tracking work in the wiki?  Did you know that the wiki contains a "status" macro to easily & clearly communicate the status of work?

Stages of using the new status macroStatus
Aware that there's a status macro.DONE

Know that just typing "{sta" (minus quotes) in the editor will get you there.

Starting to use the macro within tables yourself.PENDING

Learning that you can update/remove any status button just by clicking on it

Ignoring the new status macro and never using it.NO WAY!

You may have noticed that Confluence (the wiki) contains a notifications inbox on the right side of its header:

Whenever a page your are watching is changed or someone mentions your name on a page, the notification will be added to this list.  This is also where you can find any unfinished tasks assigned to you.  Of course, you can use your mouse to navigate through the navigations and that's fine when you have a couple notifications, but it can get tedious when you have more notifications.  No problem.  You can navigate your notifications like a ninja, using your keyboard:


Press key(s)to...


Quickly open notifications


Move up / previous


Move down / next


Select an entry


Return to list (when viewing an enry)

If you happen to use the development version of Chrome, you might run into a temporary bug, where the editor only uses a fraction of the available window.  This is a known bug (CONF-28415).  There is a temporary workaround:

Make a Chrome bookmark called 'Fix Confluence RTE' on Chrome's Bookmarks Bar with the content "javascript:$('#wysiwygTextarea_ifr').height($('#rte').height());" (without the quotes).  Clicking that bookmarklet will temporarily fix the problem (at least it does for me).






Wiki on your phone...

Did you know that you can get mobile views of the wiki on your smartphone?

When you visit the wiki from your phone or tablet, Confluence will automatically detect that you are using a phone and give you the mobile view.

Basic content will be presented in a mobile-friendly manner.  Since they haven't gotten all of the features working for mobile phones, you may see something like this:

That's a placeholder for some content that cannot be displayed in the "mobile" format.  If you tap on the placeholder, it will switch you to the regular "desktop" view.  When in the desktop view, you'll see a message like this at the top of the page:

You are viewing the desktop version of Confluence on a mobile supported device. Switch to Confluence Mobile.

Clicking on the Switch to Confluence Mobile link will return you to the mobile view.

Navigating in the mobile view

In the mobile view, you should see a menu button at the top like this:

Clicking on the menu button will slide in a menu on the left where you can search for content, jump to the dashboard, view your notification or tasks, switch to the desktop version, and log in/out:

What can you do with wiki mobile?

  • Keep track of your notifications
  • Follow blog entries
  • Manage your tasks

As Atlassian says: "Productivity Has A New Home" (smile)

Fun new Confluence features

As you can see, I'm playing with the new features in Confluence 4.x (in 4.3 at the moment)... getting familiar with them.


Like Pages

Keep an eye out for the opportunity to "like" things in Confluence – e.g., at the bottom of each page is an opportunity to like the page.  As users "like" content, popular pages become easier to find. Pretty cool, right? (thumbs up)

Social Mentions

Referring to someone in minutes or notes of a page?  Don't just type their name.  Type the @ symbol and select the user by name (type some of their name after the @ to narrow down the options).

When you mention users on a page using the @ shortcut, they will automatically receive a notification that they've been mentioned in a page, blog, or comment! Confluence 4 makes sharing content easier than ever.

Easy Layouts

Now you can easily make pages with columns, headers, and footers.  Use the layout button in the editor's toolbar:

When starting a new page that you want to organize in columns (like this page), select your layout and then fill in the sections.  It's that easy! (smile)


With the cost of using paper soaring by the day, it has become imperative to think of "going green" by minimising the use of paper in our daily operations.  OpenMRS is the core system Ampath and hence the major consumer of paper, either directly or indirectly.To achieve this, we need to think of how we can make OpenMRS operate with little need for paper in its operations.  The first proposed areas are the following:

Biometric Registration

In the AMRS registration module can be modified to have thumb prints as additional registration attribute.  This will eliminate the need for patients to carry their Ampath registration cards every time they visit the clinic as their thumb prints will confirm their identity.  It will also minimize, if not eliminate, situations where a patient is registered more than once when the amrs card cannot be found and the search parameters don't seem to give clear identification of the person.

Making form entry paperless

The proposal here is to convert the form entry into a paperless form.  The use of a tablet in this case is the most appropriate, since it is almost the size of a paper, requires lower resources to operate, is more available and portable compared to other modes of operation.  If a tablet can have a kind of a minified version of openMRS(OpenMRS mini), stripped down to specific functionality to enable it run on the tablets, as installed applications that can retrieve patient data, provide a user interface that is an exact replica of the encounter form, then it can be used at the clinical level to retrieve patient details e.g patient demographics or treatment summary and also to enter data.  This can then form the basis of evolution of the minified version to suit more needs at the clinical level.  Apart from these, this version of openMRS can also have incremental functions at later stages which should make see it become a powerful tablet application without belaboring the tablet with more need for resources.

 Target functions of OpenMRS mini
  • Patient data retrieval
  • Data entry
  • Data entry - Tablets/touch screen
  • Operating system - Android
  • Network connectivity - WiFi
Candidate Functionalities of openMRS

OpenMRS Core modules:- The OpenMRS mini will make use of openMRS core modules, customized to run on android-based tablets

Sync Module: - This module will come in handy when synchronizing data from the tablet to the server.

formEntry Module:- This module will help in the data entry process through tablets.

The concept

OpenMRS mini will run on the tablet.  The main functionalities will be:

To register new patients

To retrieve patient information, such as demographics

To enter data from an  e-encounter form.

  1. Eliminated usage of paper on form entry.
  2. Faster Retrieval of data.
  3. Reduced storage space due to less paper work
  4. Overall reduction in cost of operation.
Cost implications
  1. Tentatively, the initial cost of implementation of this may be high, even slightly higher than the current annual cost of operation for the current mode.  In the subsequent years, however, the recurrent expenditure will reduce since there will be less need for paper and printing.