Best Practice Software has released version 514 of the medical and surgical specialist software it bought from Houston Medical in 2015, which has recently been rebranded to Bp VIP.net.
The Bundaberg-headquartered company is also in the final build stages for phase one of its Best Health patient engagement app, which is due for release in mid-2018, and has fixed a glitch in its Bp Allied product that was causing a few performance issues.
Best Practice founder and CEO Frank Pyefinch said the new release of Bp VIP.net would take the software to a new level.
“Version 514 will bring to users new and improved functionality that will enhance practice productivity and staff efficiency,” Dr Pyefinch said. “This update has been successfully tested by multiple customers over multiple specialties and, in response to their positive feedback, we are now releasing it to all our Bp VIP.net customers.”
New features include a kiosk function that allows users to design forms that patients can complete on tablets and which connects to Bp VIP.net. The company will provide examples to help with the design of customised forms.
It also features enhanced graphing of monitoring and pathology results for all specialties as well as enhancements to day stay functionality and medical claiming. The new version also comes with access to the VIP knowledge base in the help menu.
The company has also released improvements to BP’s allied health product Bp Allied, formerly known as MyPractice. New functionality in the appointment book in v5 has been causing performance problem so has been removed.
BP is also in the final stages of building its much anticipated Best Health app, which is due for release next year and will allow GPs to securely send patient information and messages and give patients access to their health summary.
Best Practice Software’s chief relationship officer Lorraine Pyefinch said the app is progressing well.
“The front end components of the Best Health app are nearing completion and we expect them to be fully functional by the end of November,” Mrs Pyefinch said.
“The back end integration components are also progressing well and we are working on an anticipated release date of June 2018.”
Patient data will be stored locally and encrypted on the patient’s device and in the Bp Premier databased. A secure PIN will be used to decrypt the data when the app is accessed by the patient, meaning only the enrolled patient can decrypt the data.
Patients will be able to choose to receive notifications from the clinic and the way they would like to receive them. Patients will be enrolled through a new onboarding process within Bp. An SMS will be sent to the patient’s mobile with a link to download the app.
Release 1 of the app is likely to include tailored access to health fact sheets, notifications of appointments and reminders, direct messages and patient check in, as well as the ability to keep their own notes of what they need to discuss with their doctor and integration with My Health Record.
Future releases will include access to a curated health summary, the ability to make script renewal requests, access to pathology results, two-way messaging and syncing with Apple Health.
BP has also added two new members to its clinical leadership advisory committee, which is chaired by Dr Pyefinch and includes Mrs Pyefinch and BP chief operating officer Craig Hodges.
The committee, which was formed in 2015, also includes Melbourne GP Greg Wyatt and Sydney GP Cedric Meyerowitz – both well known for their knowledge of general practice computing – as well as practice management specialist Peter Wallis and IPN’s national nursing and clinical governance manager Charlotte Hurn.
The new members are Perth GP Lisa Surman and practice management and accreditation expert Rushan Hewawasam.