Argus to be deployed with Best Practice

Best Practice Software is working with Database Consultants Australia (DCA) to integrate DCA's Argus secure messaging service as the default messaging capability in Best Practice.

The integration will mean that all Best Practice users can be connected to Argus and meet the secure messaging requirements of the new eHealth PIP.

Argus will be deployed with the November release of Best Practice, which will also contain all of the other ePIP-compliant features, Best Practice's owner and developer, Frank Pyefinch, said.

“We are introducing a number of interoperability features with Argus to enhance the user capabilities and management of secure messaging from within Best Practice,” Dr Pyefinch said.

“These include an elegant interface to the Argus address book and National Human Services Directory to coordinate the updating of the Best Practice doctor file plus a more integrated management of message tracking from within Best Practice.”

As Argus is one of the partners in the SMX program, which is working on interoperability with other secure messaging services, it will handle the routing of messages to other messaging services automatically when the program is rolled out.

Dr Pyefinch said Best Practice users not already connected to Argus will be provided with a free, 90-day, fully supported subscription to Argus to enable sites to comply with the ePIP secure messaging requirements and to try out Argus secure messaging before choosing to take up a subscription.

Argus general manager Ross Davey said the company was “very pleased to work closely with Frank to lead the way in enhancing the interoperability of clinical systems with secure messaging, the final aim of which is to simplify the way that users will be able to manage their secure messaging.”

Best Practice will maintain interfaces to other messaging providers, Mr Davey said. “It doesn't stop them using other messaging capabilities, it is just that ours will be better as it is integrated.

“This will still be deployed to Best Practice sites and they can use Argus where it's appropriate.”

Argus is a subscription-based system and charges $148 per practitioner per year, or $127 per year if the practice is in a participating Medicare Local.

“That is our old affinity arrangement where we had about 50 per cent of divisions of general practice working with us to deploy Argus,” Mr Davey said. “That has gravitated through to Medicare Locals.”

Best Practice will comply with the other ePIP requirements, having released its HI Service functionality in version in May this year. It also has long-standing arrangements with both eRx Script and MediSecure for electronic transfer of prescriptions.

It is also close to beginning the rollout of its PCEHR-compliant software, Dr Pyefinch said, and will be ready before the end of the year.

Best Practice Software has also announced the appointment of Craig Hodges to the newly created position of general manager. Mr Hodges said he had been charged with the goal of making Best Practice the leading Australian medical software by 2014.

Best Practice says it now has 30 per cent of the general practice market.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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