On many occasions you may need to send a quick screenshot of the patient record or a template etc. to our support team or another organisation. One of the considerations when creating a screenshot is patient identifiable data. Some practice staff are not fully aware of how to safely achieve this.  Most people are aware of the 'PrtScn' button on most keyboards but the problem is that when you use this it copies the whole screen which would include any patient identifiable data.  


One useful tool included with Windows 7 or 10 is a tool called the 'Snipping Tool'.


Windows 7

In the search box bottom left of the task bar start typing snipping and you will very quickly find it.



And this is how it looks when opened.



Windows 10

 In the search box bottom left of the task bar start typing snipping and you will very quickly find it. 




And this is how it looks when opened.




In either version of Windows to take a screen shot you click on 'New' and the first thing you will notice is that the screen goes opaque. Using the mouse, select with the mouse button and drag across the area that you want to copy.  If you are not happy with the outcome you can click on 'New' and try again. Once you have your screenshot you can either right click and copy it into an email or a document or you can 'Save As'  or  click 'File and 'Save As'.