28 November 2012
A standalone version of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) is now available. It is located under the Forms menu.
If you have not previously accessed the Depression module you will need to add the relevant bestpractice concept maps to MedTech. To do this, view the 'New AUDIT Variation' news item in bestpractice (select the News menu item on the Dashboard) and click the link there.
The concept maps are required to 'Save' the form to the Outbox and to Screening.
30 September 2012
ACC has made a number of changes to the eACC18 medical certificate to increase the focus on fitness for work, rather than incapacity. These changes align with the research which shows that, staying at work or quickly returning to work will result in a better recovery for a patient.
All practitioners will see changes that include renaming the ‘Work Capacity’ section to ‘Fitness for Work’ and using terms such as ‘Fit for Some Work period’ instead of ‘Restricted Work period’.
Practitioners will progressively be given access to a section below the calendar where they can advise ACC if a client needs assistance with returning to work, and the type of assistance required. You will be advised individually when your practice’s system will be updated, however it will be available to all Practitioners by 1 February 2013.
17 July 2012
To take effect from July 18, in response to your feedback, the online ACC18 is launching a series of enhancements; your Practice Manager has been requested to pass on an email providing detail.
Thank you if you are one of the over 1500 Practitioners (using MedTech) who now regularly use the online ACC18. If you are not one, then now would be a good time to begin while ACC has additional dedicated support in place to assist.
30 June 2012
From 1 July 2012, the Get Checked programme will be replaced with the Diabetes Care Improvement Package.
The ability to invoice for Annual Diabetes Reviews via the bestpractice Diabetes with management module has been removed.
Please contact your PHO if you have any questions about the funding change.
11 May 2012
bestpractice Decision Support and Midlands Health Network have won the collaboration award in the Waikato DHB Best of Health Awards 2012. The project that netted the award was the roll out of the bestpractice Generic e-Referral System to Waikato general practices.
Read the Waikato DHB press release here.
19 March 2012
The electronic ACC18 now supports selection of Fit For Selected Work options (1st and 2nd Restriction) ahead of the Unfit option, plus a generic Practice log-in.
In the future, all ACC business will be transacted on-line. Therefore, now is a good time to give the eACC18 a go. The form is quick and easy to complete. If you do require assistance, ACC has dedicated support in place.
Freephone 0800 222 994 if you require assistance using the e-form.
27 February 2012
The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) is funding a trial of the bestpractice Stroke/TIA module.
The Efficacy and Safety of TIA Electronic Support Tool (FASTEST) trial is a multi-centre randomized controlled clinical trial that aims to assess the efficacy and safety of a novel electronic tool to aid GPs in the management of patients suspected to have suffered from a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or minor stroke. The study has received full ethics approval.
GPs are eligible to participate if:
27 February 2012
27 February 2012
Those of you who have been using the Atrial Fibrillation module will have noticed that it is temporarily unavailable. This module is currently being updated and will be rereleased soon. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
29 November 2011
Another year is drawing to a close and Christmas is just around the corner. The bestpractice Support Line will be open in a restricted capacity over the holiday season. View the details in the Holiday Season Support Line Hours announcement. The team at BPAC Inc wish you a merry Christmas and happy New Year.
14 November 2011
If a GP or Nurse Practitioner is registered with BPAC as being located at one practice and then works at another practice, eACC18 will display a NZMC/NZNC field within the Declaration Tab. The GP or Nurse Practitioner should load their NZMC/NZNC number to ensure their name is correctly recorded within the eACC18.
18 August 2011
The CVD with Management, Diabetes with Management and CVD Quick modules have been updated to facilitate the extraction of HbA1c in mmol/mol.
HbA1c should now be reported by laboratories in mmol/mol units instead of a percentage. bestpractice will now only display the mmol/mol reading (if there is only a percentage recorded for the patient we will continue to display that reading). For more information, view the BPACNZ fact sheet.
18 July 2011
29 June 2011
In response to GP feedback, enhancements have been made to the electronic Medical Certificate that focus on making it more user-friendly. Your Practice Manager has been requested to pass on an email providing detail.
31 May 2011
In response to GP feedback, enhancements have been made to the electronic Medical Certificate. The enhancements are focussed on the calendar and printouts; making them more user-friendly. More GP-feedback generated enhancements are scheduled for release in late June.
A recent study has shown that patients who are assessed with the bestpractice Childhood Asthma module experienced improved outcomes following their assessment with the module.
The full text of the paper can be found in our articles section.
The Patient Prompt module analyses the patient record at the time of consultation, providing notification of any areas where action may be required.
For more modules see the full list of standard modules.
The five most popular modules in the month of March were:
To see more, go to the Statistics page.
The Getting Started guide is a good place to start if you are new to bestpractice Decision Support. The articles in the guide provide a quick and focussed introduction to the areas of most interest to new users of bestpractice.
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