Bp Premier Saffron SP2! Sneak Peek of Features & Enhancements

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We’re getting closer to the release of Bp Premier Saffron SP2, and what a release it’s going to be! With the ever-changing health landscape bringing so many mandated industry changes in the past 18 months, the team here at Best Practice Software have focused on bringing you a build jam-packed with new features and enhancements, based on feedback from our practices. 

Some of these features will not only save you time but improve efficiencies within your practice. We’re not without a couple of mandated changes though! Saffron SP2 will introduce components of Medicare Web Services to our Bp Premier users, in plenty of time before the 13th of March 2022 deadline. It is a big change, so for the release of Saffron SP2, we’ve split the content into two separate webinars.

Introducing Saffron SP2: Medicare Web Services Preparation, is for Practice Managers, owners, or any other authorised representatives who have not yet taken the steps to prepare for Services Australia’s adaptor technology upgrade. The webinar will focus on those key preparation steps, and will delve into more detail around the registration and extension of your B2B device/s. We’ll also take a look at the minor interface changes you might see in Bp Premier.
The information session will be followed by a Q&A in which we can address any questions you may have as you prepare for this change.

Introducing Saffron SP2: Features and Enhancements, is for all users of Bp Premier and concentrates on the new features and enhancements being introduced as part of Saffron SP2.

Interested in what some of these features are? We do have a sneak peek for you:

  • Security enhancements – force password change next log in
  • Optional removal of the Medicare expiry date alert
  • Configurable visit types
  • Recurrent appointment changes for COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Verification of Concession Eligibility (in conjunction with Medicare Web Services)
  • Medicare Web Services interface changes (PRODA, OPV and Claiming- AIR to be released Dec 2021)
  • Ability to attached Pin Protected PDF documents to outgoing emails
  • New PDF viewing tools
  • Inclusion of DASS21 assessment tool
  • Improved access to HealthLink smart forms
  • Business name inclusion for individual Doctors
  • AHPRA numbers can be added to invoices
  • Workflow improvements for restoring production data to a test server
  • Inclusion of Cervical Screening Risk Category
  • Improvements to the prescribing workflow to include duration
  • And plenty more…

Registrations are now open for both webinars; Click here to register for Introducing Saffron SP2: Medicare Web Services preparation, or click here to register for Introducing Saffron SP2: Features and Enhancements.

Customers are welcome to attend both webinars, should you need to, and if you or your staff can’t attend the live sessions we will be uploading a recording to our Bp Learning Video Library.

All Masterclass registrants will also receive copies of these recorded sessions, whether you attended or not, so we do encourage you to register. 

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Suzi Eley
 Product, Training, Knowledge and Deployment Team Leader at Best Practice Software

Real Time Prescription Monitoring – An Important Update

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Real Time Prescription Monitoring (RTPM) is a clinical tool providing real-time monitored medicines prescription information for prescribers and pharmacists to support safer clinical decision-making.

The use of a Real Time Prescription Monitoring tool is mandatory in some states and it is important to check your state-based legislation to ensure you are complying with any requirements. Currently, RTPM is available for Victorian and South Australian users of Bp Premier, with other states expected to come on board within the next 12-18 months.

To access RTPM in an enabled state, users must be registered for eRx or MediSecure and have the functionality enabled via the User Preferences window as per below:

For further information about configuring RTPM at your Practice, visit the Bp Premier Knowledge Base.

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Jess White
Technical Writer at Best Practice Software

Advantages vs. Disadvantages of Electronic Prescribing

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With nearly half the country experiencing snap or prolonged lockdowns and with widespread telehealth use, electronic prescriptions (ePrescriptions) have simplified the prescribing of medications for thousands of Doctors across Australia.  If you are not already using it, now is the time to visit this important change with your Practice Manager.

ePrescriptions are legal medication prescriptions that are electronically and securely transmitted to a prescription exchange service (Bp Premier is integrated with both eRx and MediSecure). A QR code token to access the ePrescription is sent to the patient by Best Practice Software via SMS or email. The ePrescription can then be downloaded from the exchange server by a pharmacist upon scanning the QR code token from the patient. ePrescriptions can be used for all prescription types including S8 and authority medications.

The Advantages:

  • Convenience – Removes the need for paper prescriptions and therefore the need for the patient to physically come to the practice.

  • Cost reduction – of mailing the original prescription to the pharmacy

  • Safety of medicines – especially if used in conjunction with prescription management apps

  • Presently there is no cost associated with sending the SMS tokens until June 2022 due to government subsidies.

The Disadvantages:

  • Following the conclusion of the governments SMS token subsidy in June 2022, there will be a cost to clinics associated with ePrescriptions

  • Patients can easily delete their prescriptions on their phone messages or emails, thereby needing to reissue prescriptions

What is needed to set up ePrescribing

  • Ensure your practice has a Healthcare Provider Identifier-Organisation (HPI-O) and is connected to the Health Identifiers Service.

  • Patient Health identifier and verification – ensure you have the patient’s consent to access this data.

  • Contact local pharmacies to ensure they can accept ePrescriptions. Currently > 98% pharmacies in Australia are capable of providing this service.

  • Ensure your patient is comfortable with using their phone or email to receive the QR code and understands the process. It is important to make it clear that once an electronic prescription is issued, all subsequent repeats are also issued electronically by the pharmacy.

It is important to note that a patient can either have an ePrescription OR a paper-based prescription for a medication (not both). If you have issued an ePrescription, and the patient requests a paper-based prescription, then the ePrescription will need to be cancelled first. This can be done by selecting the script in the “Past prescriptions” list or “Current Rx list” and selecting Delete.
If the patient has deleted the token or lost their phone, then the ePrescription can be re-sent from the Past Prescriptions list, using the re-print function.

If the patient has deleted the token or lost their phone, then the ePrescription will need to be canceled as described above and then reissued.

If you are interested to know more about how ePrescriptions work, you can access our training resources online here

There is also an RACGP video (CPD activity) about electronic prescriptions which you can view here

Extension of ePrescription SMS Funding
The funding of SMS ePrescriptions has been extended until the 30th of June 2022. This means you can continue to send electronic prescriptions to your Patients, with no additional cost to your Practice. Best Practice Software will also continue to provide ePrescription messages sent via our Best Health App, free of charge for all Best Health App customers (not funded by the Department of Health).

Image-Based Prescriptions
The Australian Department of Health has extended arrangements for image-based prescriptions until December 31st 2021. Image-based prescriptions allow Doctors to email, text or fax a digital image of a paper script to the patient’s pharmacy, without needing to supply a physical copy of the prescription.

We still encourage all Prescribers to adopt ePrescriptions to ensure you can continue to safely provide Patient Prescriptions electronically post December 31st 2021.


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Jess White
Commercial and Customer Enablement Manager at Best Practice Software