Admin application guide

Our admin application, accessed separately to the main Concentric application, is where user accounts can be managed, and a dashboard of the organisation’s use of Concentric can be explored. This page is written for project teams to understand relevant processes, and for admin users to understand how it works.

Many deployments have a production and a demo/test Concentric environment set up. The information in this page relates to both environments, except that the demo environment does not share any usage statistics (the dashboard tab within the demo admin application is left blank).

Managing admin access

Who should have admin access?

Whilst all accounts are given access to the main Concentric application, a small number of individuals are given access to the admin application. We do not dictate who should or should not have admin access, or the number of admin users – this is a decision for the healthcare organisation with the principles set out in the healthcare organisation’s standard operating procedure.

Given the functionality to manage user accounts and view usage dashboards, the individuals usually given admin access are those involved in:

  • Overseeing day-to-day operations of the Concentric application and monitoring or auditing usage. This is usually the project team initially and whichever team ‘owns’ the service following transition to BAU. Occasionally this will also involve other teams such as the audit or quality improvement departments.
  • Configuring user accounts in terms of starters and leavers. This is usually the same team that manage accounts for other clinical applications within the organisation.
  • User support. The organisation’s helpdesk team will usually have admin access in order to support with troubleshooting, such as reviewing the state of a user account.

How do we create admin accounts?

For a user to have an admin account they must first have a standard (non-admin) Concentric account for the relevant organisation and environment (production or demo). Promoting a standard user account to have admin privileges is a process done by request to Concentric, by a designated authority as per the healthcare organisation’s standard operating procedure. This is done by emailing the request to support@concentric.health with the requesting organisation, email address of the relevant account(s), and whether it is for the production or demo environment (or both). We will aim give the account admin privileges within 2 working days.

Healthcare organisations should ensure that an appropriate process is followed, documented in a standard operating procedure, to ensure that individuals that are to be given admin privilidges have the appropriate contractual provisions in place, have undertaken information governance and system training, and understand their responsibilities and obligations when viewing and interacting with Concentric’s main application and admin application.

Reviewing admin privileges and disabling access

Accurate management of which users have access to the admin application, with regular review, is crucial to ensuring security of patient data, both in terms of access to patient data within the admin application, but also in terms of managing the risk of Concentric accounts being set up inappropriately and the associated access to patient data.

When individuals change to a role that no longer requires access, or leave the organisation, their admin account should be promptly disabled. To remove access to both the main Concentric application and admin application the user account can be disabled within the admin application. If the user should keep access to the main Concentric application but lose admin privileges this is done by request to support@concentric.health.

Accessing admin app

Login to the admin application is via the same mechanism as is used to access the main Concentric application at your organisation, e.g. if Single Sign-On is used for that then it should also be used to login to the admin application. This is done at admin.concentric.health (or admin.demo.concentric.health for the demo environment). If you are unsure of the right way to log in at your organisation, find the guide for your healthcare organisation on this list.

Due to the additional privileges, Concentric multi-factor authentication (MFA) is required to access the admin application.

MFA setup at first login

On first login of a user to the admin application a QR code is shown alongside guidance regarding setting up a Concentric admin MFA code within your chosen authenticator app. This will direct you to scan the QR code from within that authenticator app (i.e. not via a native camera application as you may do in other scenarios to follow a QR code).

Admin QR Code

Once the Concentric profile is set up within the authenticator app a 6 digit code will be shown in the authenticator. Enter this code in Concentric and click ‘Verify’. As is the case with all such MFA codes, the 6 digit code will change every 30 seconds.

Subsequent logins

As the profile is already set up within your authenticator, no QR code will be shown, simply type into Concentric the 6 digit code currently being shown in the authenticator for the Concentric profile. Due to the code changing every 30 seconds, this will be different each time you login.

Admin TOTP

Transferring authenticator profiles to a new device

Prior to changing device (usually when moving to a new phone) you should confirm how to maintain access to the profiles within the authenticator application. In some cases this is straightforward – by downloading the authenticator and logging in with the same account. However, in some cases profiles need to be manually transferred otherwise access is lost. User guides are available for transferring to a new device for the Microsoft Authenticator and Google Authenticator; you should follow the user guide for the authenticator app being used.

If access is lost from the above process inadvertently not being followed, or otherwise losing access to the MFA profile, please contact support@concentric.health to regain access – we will make it possible to repeat the first setup process.

Using admin app

Video guide

The following video is a good starting point in terms of getting started with using Concentric as an admin user, supplemented by the other information within this page.

Managing user accounts

User accounts are managed within the ‘Manage users’ tab. This has a table of the Concentric accounts set up along with key information about their accounts, such as their job title, specialty, and whether they are assigned as a responsible clinician, have a read-only account, or been given admin privileges.

Admin user list

The search bar is used to find users by name, email, job title or specialty, and there are additional filters to identify admin users and those who have not logged in to Concentric.

Clicking ‘Add a user’ brings up a simple form to create a new Concentric user account. On submission of this form an automated email is sent to the user with onboarding information. If SSO is used for login, the link between the accounts is made based on email address, and no further linking is necessary by the admin user.

Admin new user

Where there are a large number of users to add as a batch, for example at point of go-live, this can be done as a bulk upload from a spreadsheet. The upload is performed by the Concentric team rather than by an admin user. To have further details of this process, or to arrange a bulk upload, contact support@concentric.health.

Account details can be modified within the admin application – for example updating a user’s surname, job title, or specialty. Changing the email address on an existing account needs to be done by Concentric, via a request to support@concentric.health.

GMC number

When creating or editing a clinician account, their GMC number can be added. Recognising that not all clinicians who have Concentric accounts have a GMC number, this field is optional.

Responsible clinician

Within the admin application, a clinician can be designated as a responsible clinician. A responsible clinician, usually a consultant, appears in the responsible clinician search bar on consent episodes.

Read-only access

When managing users, a user account can be set as read-only. A user with read-only access can view consent episodes in the deployment, but is unable to create new episodes, or modify existing episodes. Read-only access is usually assigned to those involved in the consent pathway but who don’t have consent conversations with patients themselves, such as ward nurses and theatre staff.

Dashboard of usage metrics

The usage metrics tab is a dashboard showing usage data for Concentric at the healthcare organisation. It includes:

  • a graph of consent episodes and active clinicians per week
  • total number of episodes created
  • use of remote consent, rate of day-of-treatment consent, and rate of sharing information digitally with patients
  • most common treatment templates used
  • usage by clinician and responsible clinician
  • clinicians who have interacted with test patients only
  • list of consented episodes
  • in-app patient feedback received
  • patient age histogram

The dashboard can be filtered by specialty and by date range. By default the dashboard shows the previous 52 weeks, not including the current week, but this can be changed as required by using the date filter tool.

Admin this week

In the top right corner of each dashboard element is an option to download the data in a choice of formats – hover over the relevant dashboard element then click the 3 dots to bring up this option.

Download full results

Where useful, further context is added to the dashboard element – for example to explain how the data is being recorded. Hover over the relevant dashboard element, if there is additional info then an ‘i’ will be shown. Click this to see the additional context.

Additional information about dashboard query

We are responsive to the needs of admin users with regards to what is presented on the dashboard so if there are improvements you would like us to consider please contact us, we are happy to explore these.

Announcement banner

An announcement is a banner shown at the top of the Concentric application to logged in clinicians. It is usually used to share incident details; for example integration issues, and relevant business continuity information.

Admin users can create an announcement, update it during an incident, and withdraw the announcement at the end of the incident. For example:

Managing announcement banners in admin

Once saved, the announcement is displayed at the top of the Concentric application, including details of when the announcement was last updated:

App announcement banner in clinician app

Further support

We hope that this guide is a supportive guide in terms of admin processes. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to contact us at support@concentric.health.

Further reading

Clinical engagement and training

An outline of the recommended approach to training for clinician users, trainers and administrators, and the support available for this from Concentric.

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