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Clinical Updates

Upgrade to the latest version of Clinical & Pracsoft

This software upgrade is critically important, as from 1 February, 2021, a prescription that does not comply with Active Ingredient Prescribing legislation will not be valid for PBS/RPBS subsidy.

Take advantage of the latest features in MedicalDirector Clinical & Pracsoft 4.0

  • ePrescribing and Active Ingredient Prescribing functionality is now available
  • Create custom reports for your practice with new advanced search functionality in the patient search window
  • Improve front desk inefficiencies by automatically verifying OPV and OVV while patients are being added to the Waiting Room
  • Save paper by providing patients with an email with their invoice, receipt and reports from Pracsoft as PDF attachment

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MedicalDirector Clinical & Pracsoft 4.0a patch

25 January, 2021

The following patch can only be applied to MedicalDirector Clinical & Pracsoft version 4.0.

Download MedicalDirector Clinical & Pracsoft 4.0a patch (158 MB EXE)

Issues Addressed:

Clinical

  • Enabled ScriptCheck SA for South Australian Sites.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause MDref Explorer to fail to launch in certain situations.

Pracsoft

  • Appointment book highlighted cell colour changed to a lighter shade of purple for easier readability.
  • After pasting a cut appointment in the appointment book the “Made by:” name now correctly reflects the name of the person who performed the cut/paste.

FAQ

Do I need to perform this fix?
Only if you are affected by any of the issues addressed in this fix, outlined above. Otherwise, no, you do not need to apply this fix.

Do I need to shut my clinic down for this fix?
No. This fix can be applied to a single workstation where required, or to all workstations one by one. Please ensure Clinical and Pracsoft are closed on the workstation when applying the fix.

Do I need to update my server first?
No. It is fine to have your server/s and workstation/s running Clinical 4.0 and 4.0a concurrently. They are all compatible.

If I am in South Australia, do I need the RTPM update?
No, not immediately. There is a 12 month phase-in period beginning in March 2021 to be RTPM compliant. MedicalDirector will have at least one more major release before then.

February 2021 Clinical Drug MDref Update

1 February, 2021

The update is a differential update that builds on the most recent full build released, December 2020.

We strongly recommend that you update your MDref database every month. Monthly PBS changes, including new items, Streamlined Authority changes and PBS pricing details, are included in the monthly MDref update. Without this data, you are at risk of creating invalid PBS scripts.

Click here for a full list of drug database changes in this MDref update.

Download February 2021 Drug Update (108 MB)

This update also includes the following:

  • Updated Pathology List
    • Capital Pathology
    • Douglas Hanly Moir Pathology
    • North West Pathology
    • Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology
    • Melbourne Pathology
  • Updated Travel Medicine Information
  • Several Template Updates

Prerequisites:

  • This differential update may only be applied over the following MDref release:
    • December 2020

December 2020 Clinical Drug MDref Update

1 December, 2020

The December 2020 MDref drug database and content update for MedicalDirector Clinical is now available and current from 1 December 2020. The update is a fully rebuilt MDref drug database, CMI (Consumer Medicines Information), PI (Product Information) and updated MedicalDirector Clinical content.

We strongly recommend that you update your MDref database every month. Monthly PBS changes, including new items, Streamlined Authority changes and PBS pricing details, are included in the monthly MDref update. Without this data, you are at risk of creating invalid PBS scripts.

Click here for a full list of drug database changes in this MDref update.

Download December 2020 Drug Update (694 MB)

This update also includes the following:

  • Updated Pathology List
    • Capital Pathology
    • Southern Pathology
    • Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology
    • Douglas Hanly Moir Pathology

Prerequisites:

  • This MDref update can only be applied to MedicalDirector Clinical 3.12.1 (or above).
  • The update is quite a large file, ensure you allocate sufficient time for this update.

Enabling ePrescribing in Clinical

Step 1: Initial Setup

The Practice

Each practice must have an HPI-O (Healthcare Provider Identifier – Organisation) number, which must be entered in the associated field on the Practice tab in Clinical under the Tools menu.

The practice also requires that eRx Script Exchange is setup on the practice network.

Practitioner

Each registered practitioner must have an HPI-I (Healthcare Provider Identifier – Individual) number, which must be entered in the associated field within the Practitioner’s details.

Step 2: Software upgrade

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Government recommendations for ePrescribers

Communication with your local pharmacies is critical – this will ensure everyone is ready to write and dispense an electronic prescription (noting some pharmacies may require more time and resources to get their dispensing workflow ready). Patients may experience a delay in accessing their medicines including having to return to general practice for a paper prescription if this step is not undertaken.

It is recommended that you confirm that pharmacies in your local area are ePrescribing-enabled, and communicate this to patients when using this form of prescription.

Free on-demand webinar

For a full demonstration of the electronic prescribing process in MedicalDirector Clinical, a webinar recording is now available to watch on-demand.

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MedicalDirector Insights 1.8.9 Update

MedicalDirector Insights 1.8.9 is now available for your practice to meet the latest Department of Health requirements for the January 2021 nKPI reporting period.

View release notes

What do I need to do?

  1. Download and run the .exe file from this email, then follow the instructions as prompted for installation.
  2. Once the new MedicalDirector Insights 1.8.9 version has been installed, you will need to generate a new Ad-hoc collection before you run your nKPI reports.
  3. Navigate to Reporting, and then click nKPI’s. Please review the output of the report and record any unexpected results.
  4. Submit your nKPI report to the Health Data portal.
  5. Log into the health data portal
  6. Locate your new nKPI submission and review the results.

Simply download and run the file on your workstation.

Download (EXE 50MB)

View release notes

Upgrade Prerequisites

  • Clinical & Pracsoft 3.16+
  • Workstation – Win 7 and above
  • Server – Win 2008 and above
  • Database – SQL Server 2005 & above

MedicalDirector Insights 1.8.6 Update

MedicalDirector Insights 1.8.6 is now available for your practice to meet the latest Department of Health changes based on specifications documents and data extract file requirements released on the 28th August 2020.

View release notes

What do I need to do?

  1. Download and run the .exe file, then follow the instructions as prompted for installation.
  2. Once the new MedicalDirector Insights 1.8.6 version has been installed, you must generate a new up-to-date Ad-hoc collection.
  3. Navigate to Reporting, and then click PIP QI. Please review the output of the report and record any unexpected results.
  4. Submit your PIP QI report to your local PHN.
  5. Log into the PHN PIP QI portal to upload the PIP QI JSON file.

Simply download and run the file on your workstation.

Download (EXE 50MB)

View release notes

Upgrade Prerequisites

  • Clinical & Pracsoft 3.16+
  • Workstation – Win 7 and above
  • Server – Win 2008 and above
  • Database – SQL Server 2005 & above