MedicalDirector Connect to go live with SmartForms, revamped recalls

MedicalDirector is set to roll out version 3.16 of its clinical and practice management software, featuring new SmartForms technology from HealthLink along with a revamped recalls system and improved SMS capabilities.

The 'Connect' release is aimed at streamlining everyday tasks like recalls, messaging and SMSs, the company says. For recalls, which can be time-consuming and tedious, practices will be able to load and save search criteria, generate a recall list, and then bulk notify patients via SMS rather than having to contact them all individually.

Recall actions care automatically recorded and the patient's attendance can be tracked in PracSoft. Patients can confirm or cancel their appointment by SMS and there is new functionality to automatically track and monitor bulk SMSs.

MedicalDirector CEO Phil Offer said the streamlined recalls and reminders workflow has reduced the number of steps required to complete this task by over 50 per cent. “Customers have reported the revamped recall process is saving their practice over two hours a week,” he said.

There is also improved group messaging functionality, so practices can send group messages to staff and other clinicians via messenger in both MedicalDirector Clinical and PracSoft. Messages can also be saved directly to a patient’s file.

The Connect release will also contain the highly anticipated SmartForms functionality from HealthLink. This technology allows common medical forms and certificates to be pre-populated with patient data extracted from the software and sent to third parties electronically and securely without having to print it out and post or fax.

HealthLink is shortly to announce the names of the first organisations it has signed up to SmartForms, which it plans to add to over time.

MedicalDirector is also set to roll out its new standalone practice analytics tool, MedicalDirector Insights, from next month. This tool will allow practices to extract clinical and demographic data much like the Pen CAT tool or the Canning tool for analysis and data collection on over 250 clinical indicators.

The Connect release will also contain some new widgets in the MD Sidebar, including My Values, which allows practices to record a patient's end of life wishes. Coming soon are MD Briefcase, an app that provides free, accredited, online medical education programs and RealTime Health, an online health content producer that can be individualised for patients.

MedicalDirector says the Connect release will also contain features specific to each product, such as improved pregnancy prompts in MedicalDirector Clinical and new data entry fields in MedicalDirector PracSoft to comply with accreditation requirements.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: MedicalDirector

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