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Press Release: Australia’s First ePrescription

Press Release first ePrescription

On the 6th of May, Australia’s first ePrescription was issued and dispensed in Victoria. We are thrilled to announce that the first electronic prescription in Australia was processed through Best Practice Software.

See below for the full press release from Fred IT, which includes a comment from Best Practice Software CEO, Dr. Frank Pyefinch.

Australia’s first electronic prescription successfully dispensed

Leading Australian prescribing and dispensing vendors collaborate to complete electronic prescription

Australia’s first paperless electronic prescription in primary care was successfully prescribed and dispensed in Victoria yesterday, marking a significant first step in the national delivery of electronic prescriptions.

The first electronic prescribing and dispensing occurred between Anglesea Medical and Anglesea Pharmacy. It used the “token” model where the doctor sends the electronic prescription along with a code or “token” to the patient by SMS or email. The patient then forwards or presents the code to their chosen pharmacy for dispensing.

According to Dr David Corbet at Anglesea Medical who prescribed the first electronic prescription, “The process is as simple as writing the prescription in the usual manner and, with the consent of the patient, selecting that the prescription is generated as an electronic prescription.”

Pharmacist Jason Bratuskins dispensed the first electronic prescription in his Anglesea pharmacy. He commented, “our patients and staff have been profoundly influenced by the isolation requirements of COVID-19, and it has been terrific to be part of efforts to re-define how we support our patients with alternative options for fulfilling prescriptions. I was pleased to see that this could sit comfortably alongside our existing processes.”

This week’s successful electronic prescription occurred using the Best Practice prescribing system, prescription exchange service eRx Script Exchange, Fred NXT Dispense and MedView Flow.

Pharmacist and CEO of Fred IT Group, Paul Naismith said, “the achievement of the first successful electronic prescription in primary care settings is a major step forward in Australia’s provision of a digital network that provides patients with flexibility for how they access their medications. I am very proud of the Fred and eRx teams which, through ongoing innovation and hard work, have achieved this result ahead of schedule in a very challenging work environment.”

CEO of Best Practice, Dr Frank Pyefinch, was thrilled to hear that the first electronic script had been successfully transferred using Best Practice Software, saying, “our team has pulled out all stops to deliver this important functionality as quickly as possible and we expect that it will confirm that electronic prescriptions are the way of the future. It is history in the making!”

The token model will work alongside the Active Script List (ASL) to provide patients with flexibility in how they digitally access their medications. This week’s success covered the entire electronic process of the token model: prescribing electronically in Best Practice, providing the patient with a token with the required number of repeats via eRx, sending the dispensing request to the pharmacy, integrating it into the pharmacy’s workflow, based on MedView Flow, and then dispensing in Fred NXT.

Fred CEO Paul Naismith emphasised that ongoing industry collaboration will be vital to the national delivery of electronic prescriptions. Naismith concluded, “the priority from here is to continue approving participating vendor systems and understand what is needed to prepare patients, prescribers and pharmacies for a national system of electronic prescriptions. The token model and ASL are both important components of a national approach which provides patients with the flexibility and security to manage their electronic prescriptions in collaboration with their local prescriber and pharmacist.”

Media Release originally published 7 May, 2020.

Video: ePrescribing Q & A for Patients

We encourage Practices to share this video with patients and staff, to help them understand the benefits of ePrescribing.

Supporting a Frontline Practice in the Battle Against COVID-19

Since mid-March, when warnings against overseas travel began, over 200,000 citizens and residents have returned home to Australia, with thousands more arriving by plane each week. An enforced, 14-day hotel quarantine required significant resources to be deployed by State Governments Agencies from organising the Hotels willing to provide the services to a massive logistical operation to provide healthcare resources in a very short space of time.

In Victoria the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)  sought out Dr. Nathan Pinskier, Director and Co-owner of the Medi 7 group of practices, and Clinical Advisor for the Australian Digital Health Agency to assist and manage the provision of medical services to the quarantined travellers. Working with DHHS, a group of Doctors was put together to support the healthcare needs of newly arrived quarantined Australians in hotels around Melbourne. 

Shortly after the medical service commerced, Dr. Pinskier contacted Dr. Frank and Lorraine Pyefinch at 4:00 pm on Thursday, 9th April with an urgent request for assistance. He explained, “what started as a requirement for one doctor the previous Saturday has rapidly expanded into the provision of five doctors today and possibly even more in the next week or so, as more and more repatriation flights arrive from overseas. Our team of doctors has been providing consults through both telehealth and face-to-face appointments.”

Initially, this rapidly formed and mobilised team did not have a practice management system to capture clinical notes electronically, therefore raising the issues of data privacy, record retention, long term storage, archiving and the decision support provided by Bp Premier when it comes to allergies and medication. Here enters Team Bp.

Within an hour of the request, our team had provided 15 Bp Premier licences and enablement material, which allowed Dr. Pinskier’s in house IT team to configure the software over the Easter long weekend. On Wednesday, 15th April, we issued Dr. Pinskier with a further 10 licences to support the expanding group of doctors. 

“We think it is fantastic that Nathan and his team have stepped up to help in this unprecedented public health emergency,” said Dr. Frank Pyefinch.  “So we were delighted to quickly deliver a solution that will ensure accurate recording of patient encounters and provide for a safe clinical handover when their isolation periods have completed”.

Dr Pinskier has provided a hosted environment to access Bp Premier. The doctors access the software via a remote desktop login using either wifi or 4G. They have full functionality including the ordering of pathology online and also prescriptions. “This is great solution for doctors working across a number of hotels. It allows for the provision of safer and better coordinated healthcare,” Dr Pinskier said. “We thank Frank and Lorraine and their team for their fantastic assistance.”

How Best Practice Software is Handling COVID-19

At Best Practice Software, we are closely monitoring the current and emerging impact of the COVID-19 virus globally and here in Australia. There is substantial concern about the potential impact to the health and wellbeing of Australian residents, but also the impact on our customers alike.

With the rapidly evolving status of the virus, we understand that there is increasing uncertainty in both personal and professional environments. Because of this, we wanted to reach out to you to communicate the actions we, at Best Practice Software, are taking to ensure smooth operations and non-impacted continuity and quality of service.

Uninterrupted Service: Rest assured, you will continue to receive the same high level service from our team.

Implementation of Remote Working: All staff across our Hamilton NZ, Brisbane, Bundaberg and Sydney offices have commenced working from home. Our team environment is mobile and flexible to operate at maximum efficiency on a remote working basis (many of our staff already work remotely). We envision this will have no impact on operational efficiency.

Travel Restrictions: We are cancelling all work-related travel and have advised against any unnecessary personal travel.

We know that recent events are likely impacting your business/Practice also, and hope the impact will be as minimal as possible. We will keep you aware of any further decisions or adjustments and, as always, thank you for your business.

Best Practice named a Finalist in the ACS Digital Disruptors Awards

Best Practice Software has been announced as a Finalist in the 2019 Skills Transformation of Work Teams (Small) Category in the Australian Computer Society Digital Disruptors Awards.

The ACS Digital Disruptors Awards showcase the leadership, creativity and innovation of Australia’s ICT sector and has witnessed a 32% increase in nominations since 2017.

Best Practice Software’s General Manager of Innovation and Development, John Rayfield said he was delighted that the Best Practice Team who have been working on the Best Health App have been recognised for their efforts to date.

“We have been told that one of the ACS’ key priorities as the professional association for the ICT sector is to recognise excellence and to raise the standards and professionalism across the industry, so we’re delighted that our Best Health App team have been named Finalists” said John.  “We have some big plans for the future of our Best Health App, so to be recognised at this early stage by the ACS only encourages us to continue to innovate and deliver leading health care experiences to our Bp Premier customers and their patients”.

The Digital Disruptors Awards will be announced at the conclusion of the Reimagination Thought Leaders’ Summit in Melbourne on 4th December 2019.   “We are very proud of our Development Team who have worked so hard on our Best Health App and have fingers crossed for a positive result at the Awards”.

Registrations now open for Australia’s leading Medical IT Summit

Registrations are now open for the Bp Premier Summit 2020, Best Practice Software’s popular event that brings Bp Premier users together with the Best Practice team, vendors, health providers, medical organisations and a world class group of presenters. It will be held from Friday 22nd May to Sunday 24th May 2020 at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre at South Bank.

Best Practice CEO Dr Frank Pyefinch said it will be a tremendous event.

“This is our 6th Bp Summit and we believe we’ve excelled ourselves with an excellent program” Dr Pyefinch said. “Bp Premier Summit 2020 will provide delegates with a wealth of experience, new skills and new ideas from inspiring speakers, plus they’ll still have time to unwind and catch up with colleagues, which is always a great part of our Summits”.

With so many exciting developments to showcase, Bp Premier Summit 2020 is an event not to be missed.

“Bp Premier’s functionality now goes beyond the Practice, becoming the digital nerve centre linking our customers to an ever-widening network of medical services, health providers and government institutions, which will be covered in detail in world class presentations” said Dr Pyefinch. “With Bp Premier users also connecting to patients like never before with the Best Health App there is much to celebrate”.

The 2020 Summit will also give Bp Premier users a unique opportunity to engage with many more of Bp Premier’s partners and vendors of integrated and compatible technologies.

“But it won’t be all business” said Dr Pyefinch. “Delegates will enjoy a Brisbane River cruise on the amazing Yot Club Super Yacht on the Saturday night”.

Full details of the action-packed Bp Premier Summit 2020 program can be found here.

Registrations are now open, with Early Bird rate available until the end of the 2019 and can be made directly here.  And for a full rundown and the latest news visit the dedicated Bp Premier Summit 2020 website here.

Talking to the right Team Bp member is now easier

When you phone Best Practice from today you’ll notice some changes designed to get you to the right person quickly and easily.

In Australia, the new Interactive Voice Response recording will begin by asking if you would like to speak to someone in:

  • Software Support (Option 1)
  • Sales and General Enquiries (Option 2)
  • Product Training (Option 3)
  • Commercial Partnership (Option 4)

If you choose Option 1 (Software Support) or Option 2 (Sales and General Enquiries) you will be asked which product you use:

  • Bp Premier (Option 1)
  • Bp Allied (Option 2)
  • Bp VIP.net (Option 3)
  • VIP Gold (Option 4)

If you’re phoning for Bp Premier Software Support, further options will include whether you are calling regarding:

  • an existing enquiry (Option 1)
  • or new enquiry (Option 2).

If you choose Option 3 (Product Training) or Option 4 (Commercial Partnership) it will go straight through to someone who can help you.

Similar options are available for our New Zealand callers.

Please keep this handy and distribute to any of your team members who call us.

Bp’s Jessica White features on national Panel

At this week’s Health Informatics Conference, presented by the Health Informatics Society of Australia, Best Practice Software’s Jessica White was part of the Panel “You can’t ask that! – Demystifying the digital health industry”.

Emma Hossack, CEO of the Medical Software Industry Association said it was great to have Jessica on the Panel.   “The MSIA gives it thanks to Best Practice for its involvement with the HIC 2019 Panel “You Cant Ask That!” said Emma.

Lorraine Pyefinch, Secretary of MSIA and Acting COO of Best Practice said it was a great session.  “It was great to have so many of Australia’s health software industry leaders on the one panel explaining why it’s all worthwhile and having a candid discussion about the expenditure, business models, access to data, lessons learned & beauty of health software” Lorraine said.

“Jessica White, Bp’s Manager Commercial & Customer Enablement sat next to CEO of MD and Harry Nespolen President RACGP. Others included the Chair of the ADHA, Elizabeth Deveny and  Paul Naismith CEO of Fred IT. There was no Chatham House Rules and the questions were frank and fearless” Lorraine added.

“Questions posed to the panel included “MyHealth record – what’s the point? Will it ever be useful?”, “Why are the user interfaces of our clinical systems so appalling (cognitive load, difficult to navigate) – to which Dr Nespolen said he liked his Bp Premier system; and other panel members defended the industry and raised the question of more training for practitioners.

Moderator Emma Hossack CEO of MSIA (who will be doing a repeat at the Bp Premier Summit 2020, to be held in May in Brisbane), fielded questions like ‘When the MHR gets hacked, what do I tell my patients?” and “How can we educate clinicians to embrace the efficiencies of technology.”

“All in all the answers showed that, on balance, Australia is punching beyond its weight in digital health, and industry and clinicians are not looking to the government for answers. In the spirit of Best Practice, they are going their own way to make Australia’s health system best in the world” said Lorraine.

Best Practice Software evolves

When Dr Frank and Lorraine Pyefinch began Best Practice Software in Bundaberg in 2004 with a handful of team members, little did they know that it would grow to be an international medical software company with over 150 team members, developing not only General Practice software, but also Allied Health and Specialist software.

Best Practice has undertaken another step in its evolution today, with Lorraine Pyefinch becoming Acting Chief Operating Officer, as COO Craig Hodges leaves Bp to commence work in a new leadership role in public health governance, where he’ll pursue career interests in corporate and board governance, and the Queensland public primary health care sector.

Lorraine said she and Frank supported Craig’s decision and thanked him for his enormous contribution. “We really appreciate Craig’s professional expertise in helping grow the business over the past 7 years” Lorraine said. “I will be taking on the role of Acting COO in the interim while we take our time to recruit the person with the right skills, qualifications, and experience, ideally in our Bundaberg Operations Hub”.

Best Practice’s Operations Hub was purpose-built in Bundaberg in April 2013 – the most sophisticated “nerve centre” dedicated to Medical Information Technology in the nation – and grew its team into a New Zealand Operations Centre in Hamilton; a modern Support Centre in Sydney; and a Business Centre in Brisbane.

Craig Hodges has overseen major growth at Best Practice Software, which was awarded Business of the Year in May this year at the Bundaberg and Districts’ Chambers of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

“I’m very appreciative for the opportunities provided to me at Best Practice Software, and I’m very proud of my team’s efforts in building a world-class medical technology business – with its registered office and major operations centre based here in Bundaberg”.

Bp runs free webinar on the Practice Incentive Program

With the Practice Incentive Program Quality Improvement Incentive (PIP Q1) coming into effect on 1st August 2019, we have developed a free Be in the Know webinar to give Bp Premier users the latest information.

Best Practice Trainers will go through the changes and the best way to manage the Quality Improvement process using Bp Premier.

Topics will include:

  • What is PIP QI Incentive
  • PIP QI requirements and obligations
  • How to apply for PIP QI
  • Why quality data is crucial
  • Recording Data using Clinical Coding and other standard workflows
  • Checking your data
  • Using data cleansing tools
  • Where to find more information

The free one hour webinars will be held 10am and 2pm Tuesday 30th July and Thursday 1st August. Registrations can be made here.

Best Practice recognised at Business Excellence Awards

At a glittering Awards Ceremony on Saturday night, Best Practice Software was announced as Business of the Year at the Bundaberg and District Chambers Business Excellence Awards.   The company also received the Manufacturer of the Year Award and its Manager, Marketing, Communications and Events, Trish Mears was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.   Best Practice Chief Operating Officer Craig Hodges said the entire team was delighted with the result.   “I’m so humbled to accept these awards in manufacturing and business excellence on behalf of a greater team of more than 150 people who make a tireless contribution each and every day” Mr Hodges said.   “More than recognition of our team’s efforts though, I think this award as a major local manufacturing business cements the Bundaberg region’s place as a regional innovation capital in Australia with a strong health-tech focus.  This regional economy has been built on sugar cane, small crops, distilled spirits, and light manufacturing, but we’ve proven its place as an IT and health-technology contributor to Australia and New Zealand.  It also shows that regional Australia has an important place in developing cutting-edge technology with global potential” Mr Hodges added.   Mr Hodges paid tribute to the vision and direction of the business’ founders, Dr Frank & Lorraine Pyefinch and his team of software design, development, sales, and support professionals located throughout Australasia.  “We have assembled a great team, who are entirely focussed on quality innovative health technology products and service, and their contribution underpins our award wins”.   Mr Hodges was especially pleased with the Chambers’ acknowledgement of the efforts of Trish Mears, adding “Trish exemplifies everything that’s great about our values – care for others, engagement within the community, people-focus, and active contribution to medical training and positive clinical outcomes.  Trish is a true local champion, and I’m very proud of everything she contributes to the local communities in which we operate”.   (Photo L to R: Bp’s GM Customer & Commercial Janet Whitmore, BUSY At Work’s Betty Lappin and Bp COO Craig Hodges. Photo thanks to Sabrina Lauriston)