The Patient IDs window of the Plan Menu is where you enter the patient's name and other optional identifers.
Enter at minimum the Patient name which may not be empty. For all other fields, values entered here supersede any available preference settings which would otherwise be substituted for empty fields. You can drag & drop a picture of the patient or the eye in the “eyedentity” image well. Labels for the two user definable fields can be saved as preference settings from the preferences users tab and can be superseded here for the current patient.
You may optionally drag and drop a picture of the patient onto the image well control at the lower left corner of this window. This picture may optionally be included on the first page of the treatment plan document.
Saving plan variations: Plaque Simulator's (PS) SQLite database is keyed to the patient name. The database is updated whenever a plan is saved. The recommended way to save plan variations so they can be tracked in the database is to change the patient name slightly. For example, change "John Doe" to "John Doe Rev2". The PSID value in the upper right corner is a unique timestamped identifying code that PS creates for each new patient. This value can be used to search the database for entries associated with the same patient, even if there have been severe revisions to the patient name. It is recommended to allow PS to manage the PSID code.
The Plan name field is empty by default for a new patient. The recommended action for users is to allow PS to manage the plan name. Patient plans are saved as "file packages" which are actually folders which appear to be files. PS will automatically generate a plan package based on the patient name. Plan packages end with the extension “.iplan6” which will be automatically appended for you. For example, if you enter the patient name "xxxxx", Plaque Simulator will automatically save the plan as a package named "xxxxx.iplan6". You can use the plan name field to save alternative plans for the same patient, but the database will always associate the most recently saved plan with each patient's name.