Do not include personal patient data that could lead to privacy violations unless this data is vitalto what you are analyzing.
Use the patient's account number.
Enter the patient account number (a unique number that corresponds to each patient visit) in thefirst column. This indexes each row, so you can find specific charts and information for more in-depthinvestigation later.
Break down data to its simplest form by assigning only one type of data to each column. For example, the staff member's last name, first name, and title should be in separate columns.
Leave no cells on the worksheet blank. Use fillers, such as double hyphens (--), in blank cells.The cells that contain data should be contiguous.
Use consistent formats, including consistent capitalization. Use either all uppercase letters (for example, JOHN SMITH), or follow the proper-noun capitalization format (for example, John Smith), butdo not mix capitalization styles.
Use the same number of decimal places in all numbers and percentages.
Don't mix format styles for answers. For example, use either "Yes" and "No" or "Y" and "N," butdon't use both styles.Your worksheet might look like the following.Get a handle on dates