Simplifying Data Entry: Auto-Connecting Tera Term to EMR


Could you advise on the procedure for setting up an automatic connection between Tera Term and EMR?


Firstly, ensure that Tera Term is installed on your computer. Tera Term is a free software terminal emulator that supports different types of communication protocols.

Step 2: Configure Tera Term for Serial Communication

Open Tera Term and select ‘Serial’ in the new connection dialog. Choose the COM port that corresponds to your EMR hardware interface.

Step 3: Set Communication Parameters

In the ‘Serial Port’ setup, configure the communication parameters to match those required by your EMR system. This typically includes baud rate, data bits, parity, stop bits, and flow control.

Step 4: Enable Local Echo

Go to the ‘Terminal Setup’ dialog and enable ‘Local Echo’. This setting allows you to see the data you input as it’s sent to the EMR system.

Step 5: Configure New-line Characters

Still in the ‘Terminal Setup’, configure the ‘Receive’ and ‘Transmit’ new-line characters to CR+LF (Carriage Return + Line Feed), which is commonly used in Windows environments.

Step 6: Save Configuration

Once all settings are configured, save the setup by selecting ‘Save setup…’ from the ‘Setup’ menu. This ensures that your configurations are retained for future sessions.

Step 7: Automate Connection

To automate the connection process, you can create a macro or script within Tera Term that runs upon startup, connecting to the EMR system without manual intervention.

Step 8: Test the Connection

Finally, test the connection by initiating a session with the EMR system. Ensure that data can be sent and received without errors.

By following these steps, you should be able to establish a reliable and automatic connection between Tera Term and your EMR system, enhancing efficiency in your medical practice.

Please note that the exact steps may vary depending on the specific EMR system and its requirements. It’s always recommended to consult the documentation provided by the EMR system manufacturer for precise instructions. Additionally, ensure that all patient data is handled in compliance with HIPAA and other relevant data protection regulations..

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