Best Practice releases Best Health App

A revolution in patient care takes place today with the launch of the Best Health App, Best Practice Software’s new patient app, available free to patients of Practices using Best Practice’s latest Bp Premier software release, Jade Sp1.

Practices will now be able to go above and beyond in respect of the added value services that they can offer to their patients.

According to Dr Frank Pyefinch, Best Practice’s CEO, “This new and exciting app connects Bp Premier Practices with their patients in a way that will help strengthen relationships, engage patients in their health care journey and empower them towards improving their health outcomes”.

The Best Health App enables a direct mobile connection between Patient and Practice. Uniquely, the Best Help App provides the Patient with Health Fact Sheets relevant to their well-being and Health Summaries.

Phase One of the Best Health App also allows the Patient to:

  • View their upcoming appointments
  • Book online appointments if the Practice uses an online appointment vendor
  • Receive and respond to appointment reminders
  • Check-in for their appointments
  • Receive Clinical Reminders and other messages from their Practice

“All this – and reduced administration time, lower messaging costs and streamlined patient communication! It’s every practitioner’s dream!” said Dr Pyefinch.  “Our team is already working on Phase 2 of the App which will include even more ways to connect practices and their patients”.

The Best Health App has all the bases covered in respect of Practice/Patient confidentiality. Security, privacy and storage of patient’s sensitive data is critical and forms the architectural backbone of the Best Health App. On downloading the App, two verified forms of ID are required to enable account creation – an email address and mobile number. Messages are exchanged using two levels of encryption. Additionally, mobile devices have inbuilt security, meaning that anything stored locally is encrypted. Public access to all data has been blocked. Personally Identifiable Information and Clinical Data cannot be decrypted.

“Getting on board with the Best Help App could not be easier or cheaper for your Practice – we will send you a Welcome Pack with everything you need to activate the App and promote the benefits to your patients including, brochure stand, brochures, posters and instruction sheets” said Dr Pyefinch. “Everything referenced here in relation to the App can be set up with one initial low-cost fee”.

If Practices do not currently use Bp Premier but are excited by the opportunities offered by the Best Health App, they can contact sales@bpsofware.net. Further details can be obtained online as well at https://bpsoftware.net/best-health-app-overview/.

 

Photo: Some of the Best Practice team who have developed and worked on the Best Health App

BACK ROW L to R – Niraj Bhatt, Dr Frank Pyefinch, Meg Gugenberger, Landon Reilly

FRONT ROW L to R – Honey Sivan Kutty, Lorraine Pyefinch, Toseef Ajmeri, Vinay Kumar

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.

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”.

Best Practice to run free Masterclasses on Best Health App and Bp Comms

In October, Best Practice will be launching the Best Health App, a patient app that all patients of Practices using Bp Premier can download for free.

When the Best Health App is released, Bp Premier users will have two ways to communicate with their patients via their mobile phones, under the “umbrella” brand of Bp Comms.

Best Practice will be running a series of free Masterclasses covering Patient Communication using Bp Comms; and Navigating Best Health – an introduction to Bp’s new Patient App:

Tuesday 8th of October:

10.00am: Patient Communication using Bp Comms

2.00pm: Navigating Best Health, an introduction to Bp’s new Patient App

 

Thursday 10th of October:

10.00am: Patient Communication using Bp Comms

2.00pm: Navigating Best Health, an introduction to Bp’s new Patient App

 

Tuesday 15th of October:

10.00am: Patient Communication using Bp Comms

2.00pm: Navigating Best Health, an introduction to Bp’s new Patient App

 

Thursday 17th of October:

10.00am: Patient Communication using Bp Comms

2.00pm: Navigating Best Health, an introduction to Bp’s new Patient App

 NB: Session times are being run at AEST times (not AESDT daylight savings times)

 

Registration is free for the Bp Masterclasses and can be made here. Details on prerequisites are also detailed on the registration site. For more details phone Best Practice Software’s Learning team on 1300 40 1111.

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”.

Ruby SP1 version released for Bp VIP.net users

Team Bp is proud to launch the Ruby SP1 release for Bp VIP.net users today, tailored specifically for specialist medical professionals in Australia and New Zealand.

A range of enhancements have been implemented into the software, with a focus on improved stability and performance.

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

“The Bp Vip.net Ruby SP1 release focuses on continual improvements in the financial areas of the system, platform stability and performance – basically speeding up some time intensive work flows and reports” Mr Rayfield said. “Our goal here at Best Practice is to make every user experience enjoyable and as efficient as possible through our continual evolution in producing up-to-date cutting-edge software”.

Other enhancements include:

  • Performance Improvements, particularly in faster loading times for the Financial Summary with large data sets
  • Greater Stability in Financial functionality, including:
    • Improvements in Batch Status Reporting
    • Add location/unit details to weekly/monthly calendar views
    • Financial Summary displays selected filters
    • Add new invoice date field
    • Performance improvements on batch review and decline processing
    • Ability to base one fee scaler on another

For more details on Bp VIP.net visit the Bp VIP.net page or email the Best Practice Sales Team: sales@bpsoftware.net.

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.