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World Health Organisation On the Spread of the Deadly Coronavirus

On the 11th and 12th of February, the World Health Organisation (WHO) held a two-day summit in Geneva to discuss progress on the development of tests, drugs and vaccines designed to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus. More than 300 scientists from around the world dialed in to discus the virus.

Emerging first in China, the disease (now called 2019-nCoV) has now been reported in 24 other countries and is estimated to have infected more than 43,000 people (the vast majority located in Wuhan province).

According to the Department of Health, the two main criteria in determining which patients are a suspected case include:

  1. Travel to (including transit through) mainland China in the 14 days before the onset of illness, OR close contact in the 14 days before the onset of illness, with a confirmed case of 2019-nCoV
  2. A fever OR acute respiratory infection (e.g. shortness of breath or cough) with or without fever

Specific actions for health workers in managing suspected cases can be found on the Australian Government’s Department of Health website.

In this rapidly evolving situation, everyone has a personal responsibility to take simple precautions to reduce exposure to and transmission of the virus.  These include good hand hygiene, covering sneezes and coughs, avoiding contact with anyone who has a fever or cough, and seeking early medical advice and treatment if unwell.

The WHO public advice can be found here:

The RACGP also has a range of dedicated fact sheets on their website:

Animated and Interactive Healthcare Tools Launched for Bp Premier Customers

Best Practice has partnered with 3DAnatomica (3DA) to deliver the latest technology in animated and interactive healthcare tools, designed to support the delivery of health information and patient engagement.  

In 2014, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care published a report showing 60% of the Australian population aged 15 to 74 years of age do not achieve an adequate level of health literacy. This report also suggests that health literacy may be a stronger predictor of health status than socioeconomic status. There is also now a growing body of research which supports the retention of medical information and health literacy when delivered via animation.  
 

3DA is an accomplished medical media company with over 20 years’ experience in the production of digital media for the communication of complex health information using 3D, AR & 360 technology. 3DA’s interactive content is anatomically accurate and housed in a fully functional self-contained application, covering the human body’s essential anatomy, its functioning organs, with demonstrations of the effects of disease and treatment. 

Alongside the base 3DA application featuring interactive GlassMan and the body systems, the 3DA Clinic offers a subscription version containing interactive tools and common health conditions for download. The program offers a free 14-day evaluation period and subscribers will benefit from bestinclass health animations and interactive tools, designed to engage your patients and simplify the delivery of complex health information.   
 

Application features include: 
•   360º anatomical viewing 
•   Interactive labelling and annotation  
•   Share and save functions 
•   Augmented Reality (AR) 
•   Device agnostic 
•   Online and offline functionality  
•   Regular release of new conditions 
•   Microsoft and iOS functionality  

Given the increasing demands being placed on clinics for the delivery of health information and services, the 3DA Clinic program is highly applicable to doctors and their practices. The program assists in the delivery of complex health information via easy to understand animationfollow up factsheets and links for patients. Animations are delivered conveniently via a desktop program and iPad.  

3DA Premium will be available at the introductory annual subscription price of $200, which represents a 20% discount, exclusive to Best Practice Bp Premier subscribers. There are also discounted packages for multilicence practices.  
 
3DAnatomica is a trusted partner for the delivery of animated and interactive healthcare tools supporting patient engagement and health literacy.  
3DAnatomica GlassMan

Opinion: Supporting GPs & Health Professionals During Disasters

Aussies and Kiwis have endured a very challenging and distressing summer with the extremes of widespread drought, bushfire, volcanoes and flooding causing havoc and heartache to many communities.  We have witnessed greats acts of heroism and outpouring of support to those affected.  While debate rages about why our climate is changing, it is increasingly obvious that our community must prepare and learn to cope and recover from the inevitable and intensifying natural disasters.

Affected individuals and communities will need ongoing support for many years. I am in full support of RACGP President, Dr Harry Nespolon’s recent lobbying for health professionals to be involved in emergency planning and response at both state and federal levels, and to receive better support during the long recovery phase as they provide support to those impacted by disasters.

Here at Best Practice Software, we have a long history of helping where we can during the disaster recovery phase of major events.  For example, immediately following the 2013 major floods in Bundaberg, we loaned laptops and software to a local GP who was assisting local residents through the provision of healthcare to more than 2000 residents who had been evacuated from north Bundaberg.  This enabled the GP to send electronic summaries of consultations to the evacuees’ regular doctor to ensure a safe clinical handover of information.

But it is the long-term impact of disasters that cannot be understated.  And everyone in the healthcare industry will at one point interact with someone who has been impacted. 

It is welcome news that the Department of Human Services recently announced several new Medicare item numbers specifically for providing mental health services to individuals affected by the bushfires. These new item numbers have been added to the February Data Update for Bp Premier which will be available in the next week.

 Our partner Train IT Medical has also developed some timely and relevant FREE training, aimed at helping medical receptionists support patients affected by bushfires. 

These events are a timely reminder to all practices to ensure disaster management plans are up to date, and that all team members understand what to do to ensure the practice, team and most importantly, your patient’s precious health data is safe and protected. 

For more information, the RACGP has a range of relevant guides, or consult our Bp Knowledge Base for additional help.

       
Lorraine Pyefinch | Director
Best Practice Software