DCP commercialised to support ongoing development

Dr Anton Knieriemen, a GP who has developed the Doctors Control Panel (DCP) software utility has announced plans to commercialise the product, which has been freely available until now.

The DCP is designed to act as an adjunct to clinical and practice management software, delivering access to summarised patient information in a pop-up panel. The DCP utilises a “traffic light” system to indicate areas of non- compliance with the RACGP Red Book guidelines. Additional functions, such as an interface to Skype Internet telephony and Google Maps, have also been incorporated into the software.

The DCP is currently compatible with Medical Director (with or without PracSoft) and Best Practice (with or without Best Practice Management or PracSoft). Dr Knieriemen has indicated he is open to developing compatibility with other clinical and practice management packages, however collaboration with the developers of such software is likely to be necessary and has so far not been forthcoming.

According to Dr Knieriemen, the costs associated with the development of the product have reached over $30,000, not counting the thousands of hours of development time that the GP has invested in his product.

Under the new subscription arrangements, users are able to run the software in an unrestricted trial mode for a month, after which time selected features are disabled pending the purchase of a subscription. Sold on an annual basis, subscriptions retail for $110 for the full version of the DCP or $75 for users that don’t require the billing functionality provided in the solution.

In a letter to DCP users, Dr Knieriemen said, “There are many more features on the drawing board. Some of these may change our ideas and methods of implementing preventive care. To bring these to fruition, commercialisation will provide me with added incentive and means. I believe it is in the best interest of the DCP’s current and potential users for the DCP to progress down this path.”

Further information about the Doctors Control Panel is available from: http://www.pracsoftutilities.com

Posted in Australian eHealth

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