Best Practice aims high with summit 2014 edition

Clinical and practice management software vendor Best Practice has released its latest update, with features including full Tyro integration and assisted registration functionality for the PCEHR, along with a view of the National Prescription and Dispense Repository (NPDR).

Best Practice showcased the new version at its Bp Sunshine Summit on the Sunshine Coast last weekend, and has decided to call the new version the Summit 2014 Edition.

Bp announced late last year that is would provide integrated EFT and Medicare transaction processing through Tyro Payments in the new version, which is now available. Practices must be using Bp's practice management module as well as the clinical system, and simply have to contact Tyro to arrange for a terminal to be delivered.

The new version also contains Argus as the default secure messaging service and integrated MEDrefer, a third-party eReferral service that allows GPs to electronically refer to a number of specialists and to track the status of the referral.

New PCEHR functionality includes the assisted registration tool (ART), which allows doctors to register regular patients for the system directly through the software, and a view of PCEHR-registered patients' prescription and dispense history through the NPDR.

Other features include a new dementia assessment tool, several device integration improvements, and a link to UHG, which helps practices with the processing and management of claims with health insurers. The UHG tool allows the GP to select certain patient data, including patient details and optional items like immunisations, and then send it to UHG as an XML file.

Best Practice chief commercial officer Craig Hodges said users will start receiving a disk version of the Summit 2014 Edition in the coming week, which contains installation instructions and user advice. A downloadable version will be available from the Bp website next week.

Mr Hodges said work on the Summit 2014 Edition had been “exhaustive” and was the result of over a year's work by the product team.

It has been in beta and release candidate phase for the last few months.

“This really is a major update to our software products and we’re confident that Bp users will notice the addition of some fantastic new features and tools almost instantly,” he said.

“That, of course, will come with a support load that we’re preparing ourselves for, so we will be staggering the update release over the next week.”

Mr Hodges said the website will be updated with self-help materials and user advice.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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