Our focus for the 6.6 release was to extend the functionality of custom properties and continue core feature improvements while working on some larger features for future releases.
Alert distribution to custom properties
The most notable feature in the 6.6 release is the ability to distribute alerts to users based on custom properties. Prior to this month’s release, you were limited to location, department, and role when distributing alerts. Now you can distribute alerts to users by category and any custom properties you’ve defined.
Need operators in a particular area to acknowledge a critical lockout tagout procedure? Go for it. Do you require nurses from a specific service line to take a quiz on a key policy or procedure? We’ve got you covered. Do you need your product development cost center to demonstrate an understanding of breakfast burritos? Yes.
Distributing to users with custom properties works as you might expect. From the send alerts wizard, you’ll notice the properties distribution now includes categories and any custom properties configured on your system.
Once you’ve chosen the option to distribute by properties, you’ll be able to choose from any available property for your distribution. In our example, we’ve chosen to distribute to everyone with the Cost Center “Product Development”.
Finally, make sure you check the confirmation screen to ensure you’re distributing to the correct people. In our case, there’s just one user tagged with the Cost Center “Product Development”.
With this release, we’ve continued to improve the core services in Acadia. Specifically, in 6.6, we’ve decoupled the search services from our main application server. This will greatly expand our ability to make search more robust and reliable in future releases.
The road ahead
As mentioned earlier, we’ve been working on some larger feature enhancements in parallel with this month’s release. In the coming months, we’ll be releasing additional branding abilities, enhanced manual layouts, and revamped task management.
If you’re looking to get a sneak peek at some of the features coming to Acadia, we’ll be alpha testing some new task management features next month. We’re looking for folks who might benefit from distributing tasks to users who may be away from Internet access while completing tasks. If this is of interest to you, we’d love to hear from you.