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

Bp Classroom kicks off in February

Make 2019 the year you and your team get the most from Bp Premier, with these fabulous training courses in a capital city near you. Whether you want to know about Management Essentials, Clinical Essentials, Advanced Management, or the new Bp Comms features coming out in Bp Premier Indigo SPI – there’s a course for you. Check the dates and locations here
Our Support Team will be here for you over the Christmas/New Year period: WORK DAYS (27th, 28th and 31st December) AUSTRALIA Bp Premier: 7am to 6pm (AEST) Bp VIP.net: 8am to 6pm (AEDT) Bp Allied: 8am to 5pm (AEDT) NEW ZEALAND Bp VIP.net and VIP Gold: 7am to 6pm (NZDT)   PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AUS: 25th & 26th December, 1st January NZ: 25th & 26th December, 1st & 2nd January Available for Emergency Calls: Australia: 1300 40 1111 New Zealand: 0800 40 1111   Our Sales Team will be here for you on workdays from 8am to 5pm between Christmas and New Year (27th, 28th and 31st December) Email: sales@bpsoftware.net Australia: 1300 40 1111 (AEST) New Zealand: 0800 40 1111  

New reporting tool for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services

Best Practice has completed the development of a direct load reporting tool for nKPI, HCP, and certain OSR data for our Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services. The new Bp Premier Reporting Tool is currently being tested by a number of our beta sites and will be available for the December 2018 reporting period. All  sites will be emailed instructions on installing and using the tool prior to the reporting date for the December 2018 reporting period. The benefits of this tool include:
  • Reduce the time your staff spend on producing reports for your practice.
  • Send reports directly to the Federal Department of Health’s Health Data Portal.
  • Preview summary and detailed data before submitting the report through the easy-to-use wizard interface.
Sites need to be running Bp Premier Indigo or higher to install and run the reporting tool. You can find the step-by-step user guide on how to install & use the nKPI tool here. If you would like any further information about the new reporting tool, you can contact us and request more information.    

Best Practice develops RACGP Survey

Best Practice Software has developed a survey to gauge industry and customer opinion about the recent exclusive arrangement issue surrounding the RACGP and Canadian software developer of Hello Health. Best Practice CEO Dr Frank Pyefinch said it was important to find out what the medical community really thinks. “The RACGP has stated that ”relevant and convenient software that is suitable for the general practice environment and the unique and evolving needs of Australian GPs … is something RACGP members have been asking for”. Dr Pyefinch said. “We would like to know if respondents agree with that statement and whether they think that software could be sourced in Australia”.  “We are also interested to know whether respondents think the RACGP should have an exclusive commercial partnership with one vendor. The findings of the Survey will form the basis of our communications with the RACGP as we believe our voices should be heard – not only as RACGP members, but also as Australian software providers who have supported the RACGP over many years”. The survey is open to all and can be accessed here.

R U OK? Day. View from a Doctor’s Desk – Dr Lisa Surman

For the medical community, the annual R U OK? Day reminds us to stay connected, have meaningful conversations and encourage more people to ask R U OK? at work, school and in the community. The website includes suggestions for simple steps that could save a life :
  1. Ask
  2. Listen
  3. Encourage action
  4. Check in
There are conversations tips, videos of how to ask and resources including how to find professional help if needed if the conversation becomes too big for family and friends. Lifeline provides a directory of free or low cost health and community services available in Australia for areas such as domestic violence, family and children’s services, financial assistance and mental health services at lifeline.serviceseeker.com.au The BeyondNow suicide safety plan app helps create a safety plan in crisis and distress for those in need, ideally with support us, as health professionals, or someone they trust, to work through when they are experiencing suicidal thoughts, feelings, distress or crisis. The app is available to download and to read further about the app, see beyondblue.org.au The Headgear app provides workers with a simple and anonymous way to assess and monitor their mental health. The app was developed by researchers at the University of Sydney and the Black Dog Institute. The app guides the user through a 30 day mental health challenge aiming to increase wellbeing and reduce risk of future mental health problems. moodGYM is an online self-help program that has been available since 2001, using cognitive behaviour training to develop skills to manage depression and anxiety symptoms. The program allows real-time self monitoring of problem moods, thoughts and behaviours via mobile phone or computer. Those using the programme monitor three symptoms of their choice or three recommended to them by myCompass through answering the profiling questionnaire ( eg stress, depression, confidence, worry, irritability, motivation, diet and medication use) See moodgym.com.au myCompass is a self-help tool for mental health, providing proven techniques to help manage stress, anxiety and depression. Here are some of the agencies that offer good support to those in need:
  • Lifeline, 1311 14 for 24/7 crisis support, the Suicide Call Back at 1300 659 467
  • kidshelpline at 1800 55 1800 for counselling to young people under 25 years
  • Griefline on 1300 845 745
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”.  

View from a Doctor’s Desk – Dr Lisa Surman

Getting Health Screening Advice from your trusted health professional Recently, a TV show gave the impression that having a blood test for prostate specific antigen (PSA) and digital rectal examination by a Urologist for prostate cancer was potentially life-saving, and showed a popular presenter having the screening tests done. The specific benefits and harms were not broken down, nor quantified. There was no discussion about the very well documented pros and cons to weigh up before the test and although acknowledging the risk of impotency and incontinence as a consequence of prostate surgery, it was framed as though it was a thing of the past, “The treatments are so vast these days that it’s not as bad as all that, and you’ve got to get checked. You must get checked.” For men aged 50-69 (without a family history of prostate cancer) the benefit/harm debate for prostate screening using the PSA test is unclear and open to individual interpretation. The decision to have the screening test is a personal one and needs to be done after weighing up the benefits, harms and uncertainties of prostate cancer screening. If you have a PSA test, you are much more likely to be over-diagnosed and over-treated for prostate cancer than have your life saved from early detection of a nasty form of the disease. This is why the Australian Government does not have a funded, organised prostate screening program and why the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners advises members not to recommend PSA screening to patients. A digital rectal examination is no longer recommended should a man request screening for prostate cancer after being informed about the risks and benefits of testing. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) advises that a patient who asks a GP about the tests, should be informed of the following information calculated for men in their 60s with no first-degree relatives affected by prostate cancer who have yearly PSA tests. The stated potential benefits are reassurance if the PSA is normal or very low, early detection and early treatment, hopefully cure. The potential harms are false positive results, with unnecessary biopsy required, false negatives, over-diagnosis and overtreatment resulting in harmful effects without any health benefit. Potential Benefits:
  • For every 1000 men tested, 2 men will avoid death from prostate cancer before they reach 85 years. This benefit seems greater for men with a strong family history of the disease
  • For every 1000 men tested, 2 men will avoid metastatic prostate cancer before the age of 85 years
Potential Harms:
  • For every 1000 men tested, 28 men will have prostate cancer diagnosed, many of whom would have remained without symptoms for life
  • For every 1000 men treated, 25 men will have surgery or radiation because of uncertainty about which cancers need to be treated. Many would do well without treatment
  • 7 to 10 of these 25 men will develop persistent impotence and/or incontinence and some will develop persisting bowel problems from the treatment
  • For every 2000 men tested, one man will have a serious cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack because of the treatment
The advice delivered in the television series ” The medical checks you have to have” was not in line with current RACGP guidelines nor NHMRC guidelines, which do not recommend routine PSA measures without discussion, nor routine digital rectal examinations as part of screening. To read the fine detail of the NHMRC recommendations for PSA testing in asymptomatic men, click here. The RACGP also has a fact sheet to help men make the decision as to whether they will screen for prostate cancer at racgp.org.au and available from your GP. Information has been developed for men with a family history of prostate cancer that is available on the NSW Health Department’s Centre for Genetics Education website at www.genetics.edu.au/Genetic-conditions-support-groups/prostate-cancer-screening Andrology Australia ( andrologyaustralia.org) have very detailed, but easily understood fact sheets available with further detail about the statistics and risks of prostate cancer screening. 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.