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Best Practice is PartridgeGPs medical software of choice. It is awesome and a quantum leap above what we were using before and what we have used in the past. It’s the brainchild of Frank Pyefinch…hence the logo we see every day when we start up!

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We would love to help make the best a little bit better – and so here is our wishlist for 2021 and Best Practice!

1. Please get BP Titanium up and running – I’ve been hanging out for anamorphic display and .net framework since 2017, it would be awesome for nursing home/remote work to have this


2. Allowing transfer of results to another practitioner with a note (hey dr X, I’ve looked at this and am passing it to you with the suggestion to do ABC – similar to some other medical software solutions)


3. Extending the above, allowing transfer of results to a nominated dr while on leave. GPs frequently have to check incoming test results and correspondence for colleagues who are away. In the rush of daily consulting, it can be diffcult to remember to do this. Currently GPs use workarounds, including adding reminder notes to their lists of appointments or other types of manually-created prompts (thanks again to Dr Oliver Frank).


4. Allow ordering of results/lists by name/date etc…it’s how humans read!

like this!

5. Please update the word processor – (maybe sublicence one?) – the word processors random use of fonts and tabs, as well as hanging for no reason…I much prefer to type in Google Docs and paste in

6. Make it easier to get data into the system, a typeform like process to allow data input from patients when booking, or allowing say hashtagging to autoadd to the problem list from free text typing. Doctors and data entry are poor bedfellows and better data will allow better patient care.

7. Electronic signatures, linked to your password

8. Integrate prescription module with PRODA, allowing us to never use the wasteful authority line again – saves time and money (and also more compatible with telehealth – can’t be on the phone to two people at once). As an aside, if anyone from the Department of Health is listening, please:

convert all authority prescriptions to streamlined authorities

linked to patients medicare number, doctors prescriber number, pharmacists dispensing number

make 95% of authority staff redundant

re-employ the top 5% and task them with monitoring live feeds of prescribing

This would be an awesome way of improving prescribing in pretty much every way.

9. use the bird screen to have icons that link to frequently used functions eg link to practitioner billings report per day

look at all of that real estate!

10. Use the real estate on screen, so many useful indicators could be inserted (see DCP)

probably don’t use my graphic design skillz to design the buttons

11. Native support for two screens – would help with CDM greatly

12. Improve the built in document viewer…it’s the same vintage as the word processor

13. Improve emailing from BP, seems to choke on images/long emails. Kudos on this feature though, even in its current form, it is a game changer in COVID times.

14. Build in secure messaging! Like email, I want to know when my messages ARENT delivered. The beginnings are there, just needs a bit more attention to UX to build trust.

15. Put an extra tab in the reports tab list – new/old/FAVOURITES!

16. have ONE button upload to MyHealthRecord, current integration is a little painful (typical user experience pictured below).

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17. Improve MyHealthRecord integration please, it seems Healthi might be on a winner here!

Thank you, Best Practice, for a great product, we truly couldn’t do what we do without it, and thank you in advance for the improvements you will make moving forward! You have my contact details, would love to work together to improve what we do.

Looking forward to hearing you with Peter Birch on Talking HealthTech!

PartridgeGP pride ourselves on great communication and we’re ready to share our professional skills and knowledge with you. This is only MORE important now, in the time of a global pandemic with a new vaccine on the horizon. The way forward is clear: make your appointment with us conveniently online right here – or call our friendly reception team on 82953200.

Better, for you.

Want more?

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For everyone, we believe that having a usual GP or General Practice is central to each person’s care and recommend that people with any health issues that come to the attention of other health professionals should be advised to attend their usual GP or General Practice rather than a specialised service (ie a place not providing the holistic care a specialist GP would).   If  they say that they don’t have a usual GP or general practice, they should be helped to find one and to actually attend it. Call PartridgeGP on 82953200 or make an appointment online here.

(Hat tip: Dr Oliver Frank)

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If you’re employed, get a side hustle and get into business. If you’ve already got a business, get a network. Want to get started? Find your tribe here!

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If you are a great GP or a great Allied Health Professional, and you want to serve your clients or patients to the best of your ability, without worrying about all the non clinical things that get in your way, lets talk. Call Mrs Hayley Roberts on 8295 3200 and have a coffee and chat with us as to how PartridgeGP can help you to help others.

humble

Saturdays deep thought of the day is on the humble activities that back up what we do at PartridgeGP. No one is ever going to wax lyrically about invoicing, cleaning, filing, scanning, or plumbing for general practice, but they all need to be done, and done well, so we can serve you better.

PartridgeGP works with you to help you make your best health decisions, and we won’t scorn any ‘humble activities’.

Nothing substitutes for pleasant conduct and good service. We pride ourselves on great communication and we’re ready to share our professional skills and knowledge with you. This is only MORE important now, in the time of a global pandemic with a new vaccine on the horizon. The way forward is clear: make your appointment with us conveniently online right here – or call our friendly reception team on 82953200.

Better, for you.

Want more?

Photo by Miguel u00c1. Padriu00f1u00e1n on Pexels.com

For everyone, we believe that having a usual GP or General Practice is central to each person’s care and recommend that people with any health issues that come to the attention of other health professionals should be advised to attend their usual GP or General Practice rather than a specialised service (ie a place not providing the holistic care a specialist GP would).   If  they say that they don’t have a usual GP or general practice, they should be helped to find one and to actually attend it. Call PartridgeGP on 82953200 or make an appointment online here.

(Hat tip: Dr Oliver Frank)

Photo by Miguel u00c1. Padriu00f1u00e1n on Pexels.com

If you’re employed, get a side hustle and get into business. If you’ve already got a business, get a network. Want to get started? Find your tribe here!

Photo by Miguel u00c1. Padriu00f1u00e1n on Pexels.com

If you are a great GP or a great Allied Health Professional, and you want to serve your clients or patients to the best of your ability, without worrying about all the non clinical things that get in your way, lets talk. Call Mrs Hayley Roberts on 8295 3200 and have a coffee and chat with us as to how PartridgeGP can help you to help others.

Fewer Opioids More Options PartridgeGP Movement Theory

Did you know that here have been some big changes with the pack sizes of immediate release opioids/narcotics under the PBS as of June 1?

 

Me neither!

 

What does this mean in English? It means that doctors will be unable to prescribe large packs of addictive medication without ringing the government and asking for permission (with good reason!). 

 

Why?

 

Some good information can be found here

 

But to summarise:

 

The drugs work in the short term – but they don’t keep working

We have better and safer options

These drugs kill people

 

These changes haven’t been well publicised…but here they are:

 

 

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And:

 

Patients who require long-term treatment of chronic pain with opioids will still be able to access larger pack sizes and prescribers will be able to prescribe repeats where they meet the new restrictions requirements.


For chronic pain, increased quantities and/or repeats may be authorised by Services Australia where the patient meets the restriction requirements. Increased quantities to extend treatment up to one month may be requested via telephone/electronic authority request, and up to 3 months’ supply (up to 1-month quantity and up to 2 repeats) may be requested via an electronic/written authority request.


To be eligible for treatment with high strength opioids such as morphine, patients will need to be unresponsive or intolerant, or have achieved inadequate relief of their acute pain, following maximum tolerated doses of other lower strength opioid treatments.


These new arrangements apply to all PBS listings for opioid medications and therefore there will also be amendments to the tramadol and paracetamol/codeine restriction requirements.


All new and amended restrictions will be updated on the PBS website (pbs.gov.au) from
1 June 2020.

 

What does this change mean for prescribers?


The new opioid listings for reduced pack sizes will provide a simplified way for prescribers to  prescribe smaller quantities of immediate release opioids for acute, short-term treatment.


Prescribers must ensure that patients meet the relevant restriction criteria when prescribing opioids under Restricted Benefit and Authority Required (STREAMLINED) PBS listings. The ‘streamlined authority code’ is located on the relevant PBS listing on the PBS website. To prescribe an Authority Required (Telephone/Electronic) item, the prescriber is required to request authority approval from Services Australia through the Online PBS Authorities System or by calling 1800 888 333.


To ensure appropriate use of opioid medicines for the management of pain, patients must be referred to a pain specialist or alternative prescriber for clinical review if opioid use exceeds or is expected to exceed 12 months. The date of the review and name of the medical practitioner consulted must be provided for every authority application.

 
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Moving Forward

 

So from June 1:

 

  • If these addictive narcotic medications are required, your GP may prescribe smaller packs for your use
  • Please please please speak to your GP about any issues you are having – we have lots of options including counselling, physical therapy, diversional therapy, physiotherapy, non-drug therapy, other medications, and referrals to non-GP specialists for complex problems
  • We still care, we still want to help, we want to be safer and better for you
  • If you are on medications for 12 months or more, you will need to have a formal consult with another GP or specialist in addition to your usual GP to keep getting medication on a PBS (subsidised) prescription. 

 

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Risk and COVID19

Did you know that they just released data from 17 million anonymised patients in the UK and analysed risk factors for #covid19 ?

Full Paper here

We are only a phone call (with video if needed!) away if you need more information.

SA has guidelines – the roadmap back!

And in the future

Did you also know that we can Test You for COVID 19 / Coronavirus if

Unexplained fever / chills
Unexplained cough/sore throat/short of breath
High risk settings:

Aged care and other residential care facilities
Healthcare settings
Military – group residential and other closed settings, such as Navy ships or living in accommodation
Boarding schools and other group residential settings
Educational settings where students are present
Childcare centres
Correctional facilities
Detention centres
Workplaces where social distancing can’t be readily practised
Remote industrial sites with accommodation (e.g. mine sites)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rural and remote communities, in consultation with CDCB
Settings where COVID-19 outbreaks are occurring, in consultation with CDCB

Testing at
Australian Clinical Labs 670 Anzac Highway Glenelg IN YOUR CAR

82952877

You still need a doctor’s referral so
Partridge GP here for phone consults at http://bit.ly/2XmM0n5 or by calling 82953200 or
HIT THE BIG BLUE BUTTON! at http://www.partridgegp.com.au

We’re here to serve you during this difficult time as we always have
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Coronavirus and PartridgeGP

A new Coronavirus (similar to the common cold) has broken out in Wuhan, China. Many people seem to be worried.

The Symptoms

For now, our advice mirrors State and Federal Health advice:

UPDATED CORONAVIRUS ADVICE

Coronavirus

Call @PartridgeGP for a conversation, not to attend. Patients can also call Health Direct on 1800 022 222


If patients have travelled to China in the past 14 days and have symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or breathlessness, avoid contact with other
people, do not go into crowded places, or take public transport.

Patients should not attend general practice. They should be referred over the phone to the hospital emergency department and the ED should be informed to prepare for the patient’s arrival. The only testing should be in a public health setting.

Health Direct has a team of public health doctors for triage and assessment and referral to emergency. Public health will notify emergency departments in advance.

If patients at risk attend PartridgeGP this is what we will do:

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/pages/coronavirus-clinical-guidance.aspx

If you have cold and flu type symptoms or fever AND have recently travelled overseas to China or been with someone who has…SEE THE ADVICE ABOVE