Best Practice releases Bp Allied V6

Today we are proud to launch the Version 6 release for Bp Allied users, tailored specifically for allied health medical professionals in Australia and New Zealand.

A range of major enhancements have been implemented into the software including new and improved private health claiming through Bp’s partnership with Tyro HealthPoint.
Bp’s General Manager of Innovation & Development John Rayfield said he was pleased with the developments and progress leading up to the impending release date for Bp Allied users.

“The Bp Allied V6 release is packed full of enhancements which our development team have been working hard towards,”

“Our goal here at Best Practice is to make every user experience enjoyable and as seamless as possible through our continual evolution in producing cutting edge software.” Mr Rayfield said. “Allied health professionals will find the new release of Bp Allied will greatly improve efficiencies in their Practices”.

Other major functionalities include:
• Financial enhancements, including Medicare and DVA claiming
• Integration with popular financial software Xero
• SMS messaging functionality with Bp SMS

Current and new users of Bp Allied can receive free training on the new features through the Bp Allied V6 Masterclass – a free one hour webinar, with sessions at 9am and 3pm on Thursday 27h September.

For more information visit Best Practice Software’s website . All live Bp Masterclass content will be recorded and saved to Bp’s website. To view this content visit here.

Anyone working in the allied health field wanting more details on Bp Allied V6 can contact the Best Practice sales team by emailing sales@bpsoftware.net, phoning 1300 40 1111 in Australia or 0800 40 1111 in New Zealand (Option 3, then Option 2) or visiting the website.

How Successful is Australian IVF? View from a Doctor’s Desk – Dr Lisa Surman

As health professionals, it’s important to have the latest information and resources on IVF.

A recent report published by the University of New South Wales announced that 18% of IVF cycles in Australia and New Zealand result in a live birth Of the just over 81 000 initiated IVF cycles in 2016-2017, 82.2% resulted in either a successful embryo transfer or all oocytes/embryos being preserved at subzero temperatures for use in IVF ( cryopreservation) In 2016-2017 the highest annual number of births in Australia and New Zealand IVF’s history were recorded, 15,198 babies. The proportion of IVF cycles resulting in twins and triplets is now one of the lowest rates in the world, 3.8%. The average age of women being treated with IVF is 36 years.

The report was produced after the Victorian Government announced a review into the state’s IVF laws to ensure women were getting accurate information from IVF and fertility doctors about success rates and treatment options. Each cycle is expensive, with IVF Australia figures showing patients are out of pocket as average of $ 4,707 for their first IVF cycle and $4,151 for subsequent cycles.

The IVF success rates published for Australian Fertility Clinics can be misleading The rates are given as live birth per pregnancy or per embryo transfer and do not take into account all those whose cycles did not result in an embryo transfer or those pregnancies that do not go to term. Different countries have differing laws regarding public access to fertility treatment outcomes.

Australia’s IVF success rates are assumed to be similar to those of the UK. According to the UK’s National Health Service, between 2014 and 2016 the percentage of IVF treatments that resulted in a live birth was 29% for women under 35, 23% for women aged 35 to 37, 3% for women aged 43 to 44. The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority is the UK Government’s independent regulator overseeing fertility treatment and research. This site provides clear outlines about the different treatments available and the associated options, including risks and results.  The HFEA is a very useful reference for Australian women as the fine details are not easily available and not mandated by laws.

The IVF success rates published for US Clinics are higher than Australian rates possible because there was a much higher rate of multiple births from the US Clinics.

For your patients planning or currently trying to start a family, a valuable resource could be The Fertility Coalition, formed by four organisations in Australia – the Victorian Assisted Reproduction Treatment Authority, Andrology Australia, Jean Hailes Research Unit and The Robinson Research Institute; and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services. The site provides facts about fertility for men, women, trans and gender diverse people to make the best possible decisions about having children for your circumstances, the most up to date scientific information to improve fertility. See yourfertility.org.au

For your patients choosing an IVF Clinic and about to attend the first appointment a useful guide is available here.

Dr Lisa Surman, CBD West Medical Centre, Perth, WA

Member of Best Practice Software’s Clinical Leadership Advisory Committee

“Often patients spend time talking about current medical and social issues, taking valuable time away from dealing with what they have really come in to discuss. One of our solutions is to direct them to news articles on our website written by a doctor in our Practice that outline current issues and offer strategies to manage the problem and links to relevant, reputable websites”.

Best Practice releases Ruby version for Bp VIP.net users

Bp VIP.net update shines with financial system functionality enhancements

We’re proud to launch the Ruby release today for Bp VIP.net users, tailored specifically for specialist medical professionals in Australia and New Zealand.

A range of major enhancements have been implemented into the software including increased security around adding allergy records to patient’s medical records.

General Manager of Innovation & Development John Rayfield said he was pleased with the new release of Bp VIP.net.

“The Bp Vip.net Ruby release is packed full of enhancements. Our goal here at Best Practice is to make every user experience enjoyable and as seamless as possible through our continual evolution in producing up-to-date cutting-edge software.” Mr Rayfield said.

Other major functionalities include the New User Defined Fields to use in the Medical Desktop, meaning time between visits is now calculated in a new field, while Logged in User and Time of the created note can now be displayed on the Medical Desktop. The Bp Vip.net Ruby release will also include the following highlights:

  • Visual Acuities can now be recorded per right and left eye.
  • Changes to the Financial Summary to make it easier to read and track your clinics financial information.
  • A new report to show declined batches and invoices
  • The New Invoice Number – The invoice number now stays consistent through modifications making it much easier to track what has happened to an invoice.
  • Batching and Invoice Overpayment adjustment.
  • The new BpSMS services
  • The Email Log report and enhanced email functionality
  • The New Next Appointment Recall Function.

Please note that this release is not intended for Day Stay customers. We will be releasing a Ruby SP0 release for our valued Day Stay customers in the coming weeks.

Free training is available on the Ruby release. The Bp VIP.net Ruby Masterclass series includes FREE 45 minutes to one hour webinars from Tuesday 18th September to Thursday 20th September, with separate sessions on Administration, Financial and Medical. For more information visit Best Practice Software’s website.

R U OK? Day. View from a Doctor’s Desk – Dr Lisa Surman

For the medical community, the annual R U OK? Day reminds us to stay connected, have meaningful conversations and encourage more people to ask R U OK? at work, school and in the community. The website includes suggestions for simple steps that could save a life :

  1. Ask
  2. Listen
  3. Encourage action
  4. Check in

There are conversations tips, videos of how to ask and resources including how to find professional help if needed if the conversation becomes too big for family and friends.

Lifeline provides a directory of free or low cost health and community services available in Australia for areas such as domestic violence, family and children’s services, financial assistance and mental health services at lifeline.serviceseeker.com.au

The BeyondNow suicide safety plan app helps create a safety plan in crisis and distress for those in need, ideally with support us, as health professionals, or someone they trust, to work through when they are experiencing suicidal thoughts, feelings, distress or crisis. The app is available to download and to read further about the app, see beyondblue.org.au

The Headgear app provides workers with a simple and anonymous way to assess and monitor their mental health. The app was developed by researchers at the University of Sydney and the Black Dog Institute. The app guides the user through a 30 day mental health challenge aiming to increase wellbeing and reduce risk of future mental health problems.

moodGYM is an online self-help program that has been available since 2001, using cognitive behaviour training to develop skills to manage depression and anxiety symptoms. The program allows real-time self monitoring of problem moods, thoughts and behaviours via mobile phone or computer. Those using the programme monitor three symptoms of their choice or three recommended to them by myCompass through answering the profiling questionnaire ( eg stress, depression, confidence, worry, irritability, motivation, diet and medication use) See moodgym.com.au

myCompass is a self-help tool for mental health, providing proven techniques to help manage stress, anxiety and depression.

Here are some of the agencies that offer good support to those in need:

  • Lifeline, 1311 14 for 24/7 crisis support, the Suicide Call Back at 1300 659 467
  • kidshelpline at 1800 55 1800 for counselling to young people under 25 years
  • Griefline on 1300 845 745

Dr Lisa Surman, CBD West Medical Centre, Perth, WA

Member of Best Practice Software’s Clinical Leadership Advisory Committee

“Often patients spend time talking about current medical and social issues, taking valuable time away from dealing with what they have really come in to discuss. One of our solutions is to direct them to news articles on our website written by a doctor in our Practice that outline current issues and offer strategies to manage the problem and links to relevant, reputable websites”.

 

View from a Doctors Desk. Women’s Health Week – by Dr Lisa Surman

For everyone working in health, Women’s Health Week is a chance for us to take stock, look at trends and find new resources to help female patients.

The Women’s Health Survey of more than 15,000 Australian women is a valuable “snapshot” of women’s health in Australia.

It reveals that while they are juggling children, the digital world, career and ageing parents,  more women are exercising ( 70.3% are doing more than 2 hours of moderate exercise weekly)  and less are smoking ( 90.5%).

However, there are concerning statistics regarding their wellbeing that, as health professionals, we need to be aware of:

  • 50.8% of surveyed women describe themselves as overweight or obese
  • 9.5% of women drink daily
  • 46.1% of surveyed women have been diagnosed with depression or anxiety by a doctor or psychologist
  • 34.5% of women reported not getting enough time to themselves on a weekly basis
  • 66.9% of women reported feeling nervous, anxious or on edge nearly every day or on more than seven days in the past few weeks

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health conducted the survey and Director, Janet Michelmore says the data demonstrates the complex demands on modern women who are either trying, or think they are expected, to do so much.

She says that time is the biggest barrier for women who are trying to make health a priority, but finding that a challenge. Social media also plays a part in the expectations of women to always appear as perfect.

You can read the whole report here.

The Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week runs all this week (3rd to 7th September) and for more information visit http://www.womenshealthweek.com.au.

The organisation provides free daily videos, podcasts, stories, recipes and more throughout the week.

The Jean Hailes Organisation provides practical, accessible evidence-based and reliable  information on the website and in 2016 was recognised officially as the Federal Government’s national digital gateway for women’s health.

A valuable resource, indeed, for giving the best possible care to Australian female patients.

Dr Lisa Surman, CBD West Medical Centre, Perth, WA

Member of Best Practice Software’s Clinical Leadership Advisory Committee

“Often patients spend time talking about current medical and social issues, taking valuable time away from dealing with what they have really come in to discuss. One of our solutions is to direct them to news articles on our website written by a doctor in our Practice that outline current issues and offer strategies to manage the problem and links to relevant, reputable websites”.