CamCOPS – Instructions for the web viewer
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Main data views

View tasks

This screen shows you a set of filters, and matching tasks. You can filter by:

You may view each task in two formats:


Trackers show quantities over time. They work like this:


A sample (fictional) tracker might look like this: tracker PDF

Clinical text views

Whereas trackers show numerical information, clinical text views show clinically relevant textual information over time.


A sample (fictional) clinical text view might look like this: clinical text view PDF

Reports and data dumps (for authorized users)

These options are not visible to most users.

Run reports

This provides a selection of built-in reports that you can run. Output is offered in HTML (for easy viewing) or tab-separated values (TSV) format for downloading and importing into spreadsheets and the like.

Basic research dump (fields and summaries)

This should be your starting point for a research dump. It’s not quite as powerful as the table/view data dump (see below), but it’s fairly comprehensive and much simpler to use. This option provides tab-separated value (TSV) files for each task (occasionally more than one per task, but usually one) in a ZIP file. By default it is restricted to current tasks (generally helpful as you don’t often want to view the edit history of all tasks). It incorporates patient and summary information for you, and the summaries are calculated “live” (unlike the table/view data dump, below, which requires you to regenerate summary tables first). So that’s also helpful. The configuration screen provides plenty of explanation, along with examples of how to import the resulting files into different software packages. You can choose to download:

Regenerate summary tables

This wipes and regenerates the summary tables. Use it before dumping summary data with the table/view data dump option (below).

Dump table/view data

This allows authorized (highly privileged) users to download task data (with summary information), BLOBs (binary large objects, such as pictures), and patient information. The data is in the same format as the underlying database; that is, more powerful but more complex than the basic research dump. The SQL option allows you to recreate a copy of the database. With this option, views are downloaded as view definitions, just as in the original database. The TSV option downloads views as their content, which is often convenient. (Beware downloading the BLOBs. If you insist on downloading the BLOBs, they will be hex-encoded in the TSV format, with the MySQL HEX() function.)

Inspect table definitions (with or without view definitions)

These options allow you to view the table structure in use on the server. Most significantly, you can see the field comments, which give details of each field. Summary tables will only be included if you’ve generated them (see above).

Administrative options (administrators only)

Manage users

This allows administrators to add and delete users, reset their passwords, and edit their permissions.

The permissions are:

Delete patient entirely

This completely destroys all data associated with a patient, as defined by a specific ID number. Use it e.g. when the records are old enough that they must be destroyed. Use it with great care!

Note: you can erase data for individual tasks, or apply a special note to all versions of a task, using the superuser options on that task’s HTML view. See Administration.

View audit trail

Explore the recent (or not so recent) audit log.

View HL7 message log

Shows recent tasks exported to different recipients via the HL7 or file export system. Each message is associated with a run (see below).

View HL7 run log

Shows recent HL7/file export runs. Note that many runs may send no messages, because there were no new tasks to export.

Other actions

Show server identification policies

This displays:

Introspect source code (if enabled)

If enabled on the server, this allows you to browse the current source code that the server is running, and the most recent tablet source code available when the server software was built. You may find this option helpful for understanding the internal workings of each task, e.g. scoring systems, or simply of interest. If your administrator has not enabled introspection, the source code is available via

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