Best Practice prepares for next release

Best Practice Software is planning a number of new features for the forthcoming update to its flagship clinical and practice management software, due by the end of the year.

Best Practice chief commercial officer Craig Hodges said the biggest improvement on the horizon for company’s practice management solution was the inclusion of a new reporting module.

"Since we have positioned BP management as a premium product, the whole new reporting module contains either streamlined or brand new reports that will help practice managers and owners of practices get a much better understanding about where their business is at," Mr Hodges said.

"We went from a whole plethora of reports before. We’ve actually looked at streamlining those to make them more efficient and more effective and provide greater information to the management of the practice."

On the clinical side, Mr Hodges said the company planned to introduce an Australian Defence Force checkbox to enable users of the software to more easily identify working service personnel.

“This feature will assist GPs to assess if there will be potential health impacts on those particular people ... empowering GPs to be able to assess if there’s special needs for those people who have worked or are working in that field," he said.

In response to user feedback, future versions of BP will also be able to populate the National Inpatient Medicine Chart templates.

While not in a position to discuss further updates in detail due to contractual obligations, Mr Hodges said additional integrations between BP and third-party solutions were on the horizon, with some of these relating to ePrescribing and others to do with patient information materials.

He said the company was planning to release the next version of the software before the end of 2014, with testing to commence in the coming months.

Best Practice has also announced that its popular user group conference, the BP Summit, will return next year.

First held in the company’s home city of Bundaberg in 2011 and again in 2012, the event has grown steadily, requiring increasingly bigger venues to accommodate the growing number of GPs, practice staff and vendors that attend the conference.

After a one-year hiatus to allow the company and its staff to deal with the Bundaberg floods and the additional development workload imposed by the introduction of the PCEHR, the BP Summit's third instalment was held in March this year on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. The current version of the company’s software, dubbed the 'Summit Release’, was first made available at the event and for download shortly thereafter.

Mr Hodges said the next BP Summit will be held on the Gold Coast in September 2015, with the company intending to re-establish it as an annual event.

"We've confidently taken the step to make the BP Summit an annual event because we really believe we have so much information and innovation to share with our users that it just can't wait for every second year," he said.

"We treat the BP Summit as another important opportunity to meet and hear those users and any ideas or feedback they might have for us. The BP Summit is just as much about us educating and informing our users as it is about us listening to what they have to say."

Posted in Australian eHealth

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