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Best Practice announces growth in HealthShare Referrals uptake

Best Practice Software has announced that, since integrating the HealthShare referrals functionality earlier this year in Bp Premier’s Indigo SP1 release, there has been consistent growth, with over 50% of Bp Premier subscribers now using the HealthShare Referrals directory on a monthly basis.

 Dr Frank Pyefinch, CEO of Best Practice, said it was pleasing to see many Bp Premier users now using the Referrals Directory.  “We originally decided to offer our subscribers access to HealthShare’s directory because it had been one of our most requested additions to the product. It is very pleasing to see the most recent results, reinforcing the value the directory provides to GPs and Practice admin staff.”

 HealthShare CEO, Rami Weiss, said, “We are thrilled to hear Best Practice Software’s news about the strong uptake from Bp Premier users, reinforcing the anecdotal feedback we consistently receive from GPs and practices. We are proud to partner with Best Practice to offer our directory to support GPs in their referral-making decision process.”

 Available for free to Bp Premier subscribers, the integrated Referrals directory provides GPs with comprehensive and up-to-date information about private practising specialists and allied health professionals, and includes detailed information about a health professional’s specialty, sub-specialties, special interest areas, practice locations, hospital affiliations, languages spoken and bio.

 In addition, the directory allows GPs to search for specialists who participate in “No Gap” and “Known Gap” arrangements, with 29 private health insurers including HCF, nib and the member funds of the Australian Health Service Alliance and the Australian Regional Health Group.

 As part of the integration, GPs are prompted to make the Referrals directory their default address book for writing referrals inside Bp Premier. The seamless integration simplifies the referral process for GPs, freeing up time for the delivery of care.

 Since the Indigo SP1 release, Best Practice has developed further enhancements in its Bp Premier GP software, with JADE SP2 currently in development. For more details on Bp Premier visit here. More details on HealthShare integration in Bp Premier can be found here.

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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”.

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Bp Partner Network welcomes health start-up ‘Cubiko’

Best Practice Software has announced that Brisbane health start-up ‘Cubiko’ has joined its Bp Partner Network as a Gold Partner.

Best Practice CEO Dr Frank Pyefinch said it was perfect timing. “With Cubiko launching its revolutionary new tool at the AAPM Conference it’s timely that they have become a Gold Partner in our Bp Partner Network” said Dr Pyefinch. “By joining the Bp Partner Network they are a recognised and approved integrator with Best Practice”.

Cubiko is the first business insights tool that harnesses fragmented streams of practice information to improve performance. The platform displays data in easy-to-understand dashboards, providing visual representations of practice data alongside selected metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs).

“We’re so pleased to be recognised as a Gold Partner across the Bp Partner Network. Having come from the business of General Practice ourselves, we truly understand the role Bp plays in supporting practices right across the country in delivering optimal patient care. We look forward to continuing to partner with the Bp team as we launch Cubiko, giving practices access to exciting new and powerful data insights,” Cubiko Founder & CEO, Chris Smeed, said.

“The Bp Partner Network is governed by a commercial and technical framework that provides added value for the Partners whilst ensuring they comply with relevant legislation; and that their offering has been assessed for impact or risk to the products and services Best Practice Software provides. The security of our Customers’ data is important to them, their Patients and, in turn, Best Practice and our Partners” said Dr Pyefinch.
After a 12 month trial with leading general practices across Australia, including many Bp Premier users, Cubiko was officially launched this week at the AAPM Conference in Brisbane. Cubiko, a joint venture between data analytics specialist, ‘Aginic’, and award-winning general practice, ‘Inala Primary Care’, will stimulate improvements to productivity, profitability and reduce day-to-day operational challenges facing the general practice community.

“Best Practice was pleased to be part of the 12 month trial and it’s great to see the public launch by our Gold Partner Cubiko” Dr Pyefinch said.

Anyone wanting more information on the Bp Partner Network can call into the Best Practice display at the AAPM Conference (finishing today, Friday 4th October at 3pm at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre) or email Partners@bpsoftware.net

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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.

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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.

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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 Can’t 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.

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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)

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Movember – A Reminder For Us to Change The Face of Men’s Health

Movember Month

The annual charity that was started in 2003 targets the most common health issues for men – prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide and it’s a cause that we can all create awareness of in our Practices. 

Men – whether they be patients, staff, family or friends – can grow a moustache or , in a newer initiative, commit to walking or running 60 kilometres over the month to raise funds and awareness for men’s health projects.

Men die on average six years earlier than women.

Suicide is a leading cause of death for Australian men. More than 500 000 men take their own lives each year around the world – one man per minute. 75% of suicides are men.

The causes of suicide are complex. There is no single reason why men take their own lives, but improving overall mental health will reduce the risk of suicide.

Helping men and boys to stay mentally healthy, build strong social connections and take action early when times are tough is important and the Movember Foundation has many projects being funded in this area.

Prostate cancer incidence is expected to double in the next 15 years and the rate of testicular cancer is also rising.

Mental Health issues are common, 1 in 2 Australian men has had a mental health problem at some point in their lives. The Movember Foundation has encouraged men to speak up, to talk, ask, listen, encourage actions and check in with a friend or seeking professional help and has run campaigns such as Man UP ( a documentary series hosted by Triple M’s Gus Worland) and Real Aussie Blokes ( a photos series that aims to break down stereotypes about what it is to be a man in Australia)

New Access is a trial programme designed to encourage men to take action early when it comes to their mental health by accessing NewAccess coaches in their local communities.

Beyondblue has produced a guide on How to Have the Conversation, funded by the hairy efforts of the Movember Foundation. The guide explains how, having a conversation can help people feel less alone and more supported in getting help for anxiety and depression and what to do if your attempt to have the conversation is met with a bad reaction. (See https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/have-the-conversation).

As GPs, we should be encouraging our male patients to “check-in” with us. To find out their numbers, numbers of cholesterol and blood sugar and after 50 years talk about prostate cancer and whether it is right for them to have a PSA test .

By helping with the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions and being aware of the local support services we can have conversations about the big things in life and also the concept that there is no one-size fits all for what to do next.

And for those needing help immediately, always remember to refer them to Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

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”.

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How to Help Patients Manage Hayfever

Hayfever

Hayfever is the most common allergic disorder in Australia. It is estimated to affect 15% of the population. The symptoms can cause significant disruption to sleep, concentration, learning and daily function for children and adults. The cause is a reaction to wind pollinated tress, grasses and weeds, house dust mites, animal dander and mould spores. 

The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) has new guidelines for managing seasonal allergic rhinitis (hayfever) and offers the following advice for hayfever sufferers:

  • Intranasal corticosteroid sprays are the mainstay of management and have a potent action on inflammation and symptoms when used regularly and need careful attention to the way in which they are used. The different brands vary in strength and effectiveness, A diagram of the effective way to use the inhalers is available at www.allergy.org.au/patients/allergic-rhinitis-haay-fever-and-sinusitis/allergic-rhinitis-treatment-plan.pdf The American Allergy Guidelines published last year recommend intranasal corticosteroids alone should be used to treat hayfever in people 12 years and over as trials have demonstrated no additional benefit from taking oral antihistamines. The earlier the spray is started after symptoms start, the quicker control is gained
  • Combination medications containing antihistamine and intranasal corticosteroid offer combined advantages and usually reduce symptoms faster
  • Antihistamine oral medications help to reduce symptoms such as sneezing, itchy and irritated eyes, but are less effective in controlling nasal blockage and dribble. The advantage of antihistamines is their flexibility
  • Intranasal saline washouts can be useful, removing the allergens, clearing the inflammatory mucus, are safe and effective and inexpensive
  • Oral leukotriene antagonists (eg Singulair) can be used for children who also have asthma, there is no government subsidy for nasal symptoms alone. Studies have also demonstrated no additional benefit in symptoms control when used with oral antihistamines in controlling symptoms than using intranasal steroids alone.
  • Effective management of allergic rhinitis is an important part of asthma management
  • Allergen immunotherapy (desensitisation) is effective in reducing the frequency and severity of the symptoms and requires a referral to a Specialist. The desensitisation involves the regular administration of commercially available allergen extracts to promote tolerance. This can be done by subcutaneous injection or liquid drops or sprays. Treatment usually occurs over 3-5 years to produce long term benefit. Individuals will experience different degrees of benefit. On average there may be a 50% reduction in symptoms and/or medication use.
  • A brief course of oral steroids (3 to 7 days) is rarely required, but may be considered with severe nasal obstruction or short term rescue from severe symptoms.
  • Depo corticosteroids are not recommended due to their short duration of effect and potential for local and systemic side-effects (eg depo-Medrol injection). These were used commonly some years ago in Australia and are still given in some countries.
  • Oral or intranasal decongestant can be used short term to control symptoms, but after 3 days can cause a rebound nasal obstruction

Unproven tests and inappropriate methods include IgG testing, cytotoxic food testing kinesiology, Vega testing, electrodermal testing, pulse testing and costly avoidance strategies. There is no Medicare rebate for these tests, these methods are not recommended by ASCIA or the WHO.

Dietary manipulation has no evidence of benefit for hayfever, food elimination eg cow’s milk or wheat is not recommended and can result in serious nutritional deficiencies in young children. Restricting dairy products is popular, but no study has demonstrated any reduction in mucus production with dairy elimination. Some cases of rhinitis associated with preservatives have been described, no diagnostic testing are available to confirm this.

Alternative medicines are not regulated in Australia. There is no Medicare or Pharmacological rebate available and no evidence to support the accuracy in diagnosing allergic disorders. The therapeutic effectiveness of acupuncture, vitamin supplements, homeopathy and physical treatments such as chiropractic manipulation has not been demonstrated.

For more detailed information about specific areas relating to allergies, see allergy.org.au

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”.

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Do You Know What Mental Health Is? View from a Doctor’s Desk – Dr Lisa Surman

Mental health of patients

World Mental Health Day is today (October 10th) – a chance to look at how we can support our patients’ mental health. 

The Do You See What I See? campaign aims to challenge perceptions about mental illness, encouraging everyone to look at mental illness with a more positive light to reduce stigma and make it easier to seek support and help for the one in five Australians affected by mental illness every year.

The campaign has enrolled over 700 organisations asking everyone to make a #MentalHealthPromise and to take a more positive view . The promises that have been made by individuals are at 1010.org.au The website has some suggestions for promises you may like to make and a page to post your own promise and associated image.

Stigma around mental illness remains an issue for Australians, delaying or preventing people from seeking help. The misconceptions and misrepresentations about those who experience mental illness can be damaging, including references about those suffering from mental illness as being incompetent, weak or scary and appear in the media, the arts and conversations at school, work and in the home.

The majority of people affected by mental illness are able to lead contributing and independent lives in the community with treatment and support. The website encourages a different light to look at mental illness, colour and life, resilience, bravery, recovery, hopefulness, courage, contribution and more.

To learn more about mental illness, and provide valuable resources for your patients, there are several organisations with easily accessible online information:

SANE Australia at https://www.sane.org/mental-health-and-illness

Beyondblue at https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/what-is-mental-health

Headspace at https://www.headspace.org.au/young-people/what-is-mental-health/

World health Organisation at http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/mental_health/en/

To find help: see Mental Health Australia https://1010.org.au/need-help

or mindhealthconnect Guided Search Tool: https://www.mindhealthconnect.org.au/

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”.

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