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Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Specimen Search and Patient Care Inquiry (PCI)

Guide to Using PCI for Specimen and Other Laboratory Results

PATIENT CARE INQUIRY (PCI) is the primary mechanism for retrieving inpatient and outpatient laboratory data from the Laboratory Information System (LIS), when the EMR is unavailable.  PCI is part of LIS and is easily accessed via the Quickview application on the User’s Citrix Desktop using the steps below.

 Clinicians using a computer outside of the Health System network can click on the Citrix Program icon provided on this page to start the search. If you do not have the Citrix ICA Client installed on your system, you must install it before you can launch the Quickview application.
 Citrix ICA Web Client for 32-bit Windows (1.86 MB)

 Launch Citrix



Quickview Help

  1. Click on Citrix program to access Quickview
    Login, Citrix, Quickview and computer difficulties:  Please call Customer Support Center (Help Desk) (916) 734-4357

  2. Click on Quickview icon and log into Quickview with user ID and password
    UserID: first initial + last name
    Initial password: first initial of first & last name then last 4 digits of SSN Plus 00  (jd999900)

    Change your password right away using the Change Password button.
    Passwords should be eight characters; with at least one upper case letter, one lower case letter, and one number.

  3. Launch PCI  by clicking LIS button on the Quickview tool bar


PCI Help and Comments

PCI questions: Please call Laboratory Information Services Help Desk (916) 734-7775 M-F 0800-1630

Navigating In PCI

Navigating through the windows in PCI is done by using the four arrow keys.
To move the highlight bar up or down a list, use the up or down arrow keys.
To advance in PCI, use the right arrow key.
To back out of a screen, use the left arrow key.
The Right Control key allows you to mark items individually for addition or deletion to a list.
The <Shift>Right Control key allows you to mark ALL items on a list for addition or deletion.

Note: after inputting a letter command, a patient name or medical record #, press <ENTER>. To move around in and between screens, use the arrow keys.

Verb Strip Commands
The verb strip is a list of commands that appears across the top of each screen. Commands are screen specific and allow you to perform a function on that screen. Type the highlighted letter of the desired verb and press <Enter>.

Print - Print Reports
Regraph – Define y-axis ranges
Time – Change the time scale over which data is displayed.



How to Identify Patients

IDENTIFY PATIENT window         (green screen)
This is the first window you see after signing on to PCI as described above.  This lists different methods of identifying your patients.

Use the up or down arrow keys to highlight one of the three options, then press the right arrow to select the method of identifying your patient. 

By Name, Number:  Allows lookup of any patient by name, unit number, account number, date, or location.
By Location:  View all patients in a specific location.
By Unit Number:   Lookup any patient by his/her Unit Number

Selecting Name, Number displays this screen:

The following is the help screen showing the methods to identify by Name, Number:
(The help screen displays if you right arrow key at Name, Number without entering any data)


Pending Surgical Pathology Specimens Search

Information on pending surgical pathology specimens can be easily obtained by following the five easy steps below:

  1. Identify the patient following the "How to Identify Patients" section above.

  2. In the  DATA SOURCES window, use the up or down arrow keys to highlight “Anatomical Pathology Reports,” then use right arrow key to display ANATOMIC PATHOLOGY SUMMARY window for the access to available subspecialty pathology reports.

  3. In the ANATOMIC PATHOLOGY SUMMARY window, use up or down arrow keys to highlight the SURGICAL PATHOLOGY Specimen Type, then use the right arrow key to view the patient’s various Surgical Pathology specimens.

  4. In the PATHOLOGY SPECIMENS FOR TYPE window, use the up or down arrow keys to highlight the surgical pathology pending specimen information, then use the right arrow key to advance to the Detail Window for the display of the information.

  5. The Detail Window of the pending Surgical Pathology specimen report (below) includes “Status”, “Assigned to Pathologist” and “pager number” for that pathologist, in addition to the date the specimen was collected ("Coll") and the date the specimen was received in the laboratory ("Recd").

    Key for Status of specimen:  
     ENT  Received in Laboratory  GR  Gross
     MIC  Microscopic  DX  Diagnosis

*REMEMBER!!  Always exit out of PCI by pressing the left arrow key until you return to the Quickview screen.


Viewing Patient Laboratory Data

PCI displays patient data in a summary-to-detail format. Use the right arrow key to obtain a higher level of detail.

*Your screens will vary from patient to patient depending upon data that is available.

*You can change the time period for which you are viewing data using the Time command and choosing a different time frame.

DATA SOURCES window                   (red screen)
After you have identified a patient, press the right arrow key to view the Table of Contents of data available on the patient.
Right arrowing on a data source displays selected data.
Data sources include:

Laboratory Data: Sub-categorized by laboratory department, e.g. blood gas, coagulation, chemistry, hematology, urinalysis.  Abnormal values appear in red.

Microbiology Data:   Sorted by culture source.

Blood Bank Products, Tests, History:   Detailed information regarding blood type, products, transfusions.

Anatomic Pathology Reports:   Surgical Pathology specimen and assigned Pathologist information if a report is pending and full text completed reports from Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology, Hematopathology, Molecular Pathology, Cytogenetics, Flow Cytometry and Bone Marrow.

Current Medication Orders: Lists active medication orders from the current admission (inpatients only).

Medication Order History: Provides a chronological listing of medication orders categorized by class.

(inpatients only)

SUMMARY window                        (green screen)
Displays all available information by category. The right side of screen depicts activity over the time period displayed. A “+” sign indicates other completed results, a “-“ sign indicates a pending result.

HISTORY window                            (blue screen)
Provides a detail history of results/data selected from the Summary window. Includes tables and graphs for certain results. Normal values are given in parenthesis () at the top of the screen and displayed on graphs by horizontal aqua colored lines.  The time frame and Y-axis parameters are modifiable using the Time and Regraph commands on the verb strip.

DETAIL window                           (yellow screen)
The actual report of the selected item pulled from the source system, e.g. Lab, Microbiology, Blood Bank, Anatomic Pathology.

Lab Detail

Surgical Pathology Detail

*REMEMBER!!  Always exit out of Meditech by pressing the left arrow key until you return to the Quickview screen.



The data in PCI is a part of the patient’s legal medical record. Therefore, all legal and ethical restrictions and UCDHS policies that apply to patient records also apply to PCI data. As a user of the Information System you have an obligation to maintain the confidentiality of patient records.