Best Practice to roll out PCEHR-enabled beta version

Clinical software vendor Best Practice is set to roll out its PCEHR-enabled version over the next two weeks, in time for the eHealth Practice Incentives Program (ePIP) deadline of May 1.

The software has already passed all of its conformance tests for the PCEHR and has been listed on NEHTA's ePIP product register. Under the ePIP requirements, practices must be using clinical software that can access the PCEHR by the start of May.

Best Practice began advance site testing with clinical users last month and is about to progress to the beta state, the company's general manager, Craig Hodges said.

“We now have our PCEHR-enabled version of Best Practice in internal testing, and beta testing to commence in the next few days,” Mr Hodges said.

“We are on track to meet the 30th April launch date, and will be rostering additional customer support resources to help with the roll-out over the next two weeks.”

Pulse+IT understands that the federal government will begin an intensive consumer marketing campaign for eHealth records following the roll-out.

Bundaberg-based Best Practice is shortly to move into new national offices it has dubbed BpHq, and has also recently appointed Robert Lister as its new manager of information technology.

Mr Lister worked for Sonic Healthcare for 10 years, most recently as its national eHealth manager, and prior to that was a software engineer with a Tasmanian-based diagnostic services group.

The new headquarters will be officially opened by the Queensland Governor, Penelope Wensley, later this week, Mr Hodges said.

“We were bursting at the seams in our previous leased office and our new BpHq will provide a higher degree of comfort and amenity for our staff, with additional room available to grow as needed,” he said.

“To meet the demands of the innovative work we do and to help us deliver the service we provide, BpHq has been fitted with cutting edge communications and data technology, some seen for the first time in a private office environment in Bundaberg.”

Best Practice estimates it has captured 35 per cent of the Australian market in the last six years, and at current growth rates, it said it expected to become the market leader in 2014.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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