Basic Details - good to know

Starting DCP

Icon for DCP is n the start menu under 'Doctors Control Panel'.

DCP is read-only

DCP cannot write to the clinical database.

All updates of patient information require you to update within clinical software.

DCP is a small on-screen panel

DCP shows just the relevant prompts for patients open in clinical software.

Prompts provide status of preventive care and other items

  1. Red is Not Done
  2. Yellow is Overdue
  3. Green is Up to date
  4. Blue is information

You need a patient open in clinical software!

DCP requires that you log in to clincal software and have a patient open for prompts to show for the open patient.

Many of the extra functions require a patient open in clinical software for the functions to become available.

Tracking Patients

Open a patient in clinical software - DCP will switch to the patient automatically.

Refreshing DCP

DCP refreshes its view at regular intervals (configurable) of 30-120 seconds.

Refresh Click on the Refresh Icon left of patients Name to refresh the panel instantly.


Hold down the control key the mouse scroll-wheel to change the font size of DCP.

Panel Prompts

Hover over panel prompts for basic information.


Click on panel prompts to open a detailed display of information.


Where is my DCP on screen

DCP can be minimised and will appear on windows taskbar.

DCP can be docked to the right of screen.

Configure to remain topmost always or topmost over clinical software only.

Over Clinical Patient Window ....... Remain on top of all windows
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Control Panel position on screen

DCP panel has several ways to position the panel on-screen.

Easily control position by draging around and switch to different modes of display.

Moving DCP Panel Around


Double Click Panel top to Dock to screen right border in Appbar mode


'Garbage In' equals 'Garbage Out'


DCP cannot utilise non coded history items within a patient's medical history.

eg. If diabetes is not coded correctly the DCP will not be able to determine that a patient has diabetes.

Using DCP correctly will encourage correct data entry and data cleansing.

DCP is independent software

DCP is independent of clinical software vendors.

DCP is a Silver partner of Best Practice Premier Partner Program.

DCP is not a partner with Medical Director but does work with Medical Director Clinical and Pracsoft.

Patient Analysis

DCP harnesses computational algorithmic analysis of existing data.

graph TD D[Age]-->Z[Guideline Engine] S[Gender]-->Z H[Past Hx]-->Z M[Medications]-->Z I[Immunisations]-->Z A[Allergies]-->Z P[Pathology Results]-->Z F[Family History]-->Z C[Smoking]-->Z E[Alcohol]-->Z Z-->X[Prompt Analysis and Classification] X-->N[N/A] X-->R[Red] X-->Y[Yellow] X-->G[Green]

Traffic light simplicity

No longer do we need to cogitate over huge amounts of patient management guidelines and billing availabilities.


DCP presents a simplified and amalgamated panel of traffic light coloured prompts.

Child Pages

History of Doctors Control Panel

In 2007 the first version of the software known as DCP was created and in 2008 it was released for general use.

Tips for Effective Use

The DCP prompts are designed to be scanned quickly.

Auto-Start DCP

Access DCP settings.

New Graduates - DCP Benefits

So!!! - you've just graduated. Congratulations! You've worked hard to get to this point, and now you're ready to start your career as a doctor. But you're probably also feeling a little overwhelmed. There's so much to learn, and so many new skills to master. And on top of that, you're also expected to keep up with the latest medical research and guidelines. It's a lot to take in. Fortunately, there is help on the horizon. Doctors Control Panel (DCP) is a software tool that can help you manage your workload and keep up with the latest medical guidelines. It's designed to be easy to use, and it can help you make sure that your patients are getting the best possible care.

For Practice Managers

Your first encounter with DCP is likely to be when a staff member (doctor or nurse) requests installation of DCP.