Best Practice prepares for next release

GP clinical and practice management software vendor Best Practice is aiming to increase its market share this year, appointing a dedicated product manager and preparing for the next version of the software, which will include an in-built assisted registration function for the PCEHR and a view of the National Prescription and Dispense Repository (NPDR).

Best Practice has promoted Mitchell Grotherr to the position of product manager, where he will work with CEO and founder Frank Pyefinch to coordinate the design, development, testing and release of the Best Practice range.

Mr Grotherr, who has been with the company for a decade, will be responsible for liaising with third-party software vendors to explore integration opportunities and for the scoping of software enhancements and new desirable user functionality.

Dr Pyefinch said the Bundaberg-based company had almost doubled its team in the last 12 months, with the majority of management appointments promoted from within. The company has also promoted Anita Lane to the role of business support manager and Matthew Whitehead to customer support manager.

Best Practice is currently in the final stages of testing for its next version, which will include in-built ART and NPDR functionality, and integration with Tyro terminals. The ART will allow doctors to register their patients for the PCEHR from within the software, while the NPDR view will enable them to review each PCEHR registered patient's prescription and dispense history.

While the NPDR is still being rolled out to pharmacies, doctors can upload scripts to the repository at the same time that they send them electronically to the eRx Script Exchange, which is integrated with Best Practice.

Best Practice chief commercial officer, Craig Hodges, said the next release had passed its beta test phase and the release candidate was now being tested by a group of users for an imminent general release.

Late last year, Best Practice integrated with the Tyro EFTPOS Medicare Easyclaim solution, which enables Medicare rebates to be paid into the patient's bank account almost immediately. Best Practice hopes it will be available to users with the next release.

The current version of Best Practice integrates with Argus as its default secure messaging provider, and the company is also working on integration with the MEDrefer online referral service. MEDrefer includes a dashboard so GPs can see a list of the status of all of their referrals sent using the system, including referrals that have been issued, replied to, rejected and completed.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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