August 1st 2019 marked the launch of PIP QI, a Department of Health initiative that aims to support general practices that participate in quality improvement activities to improve patient outcomes and deliver best practice care.  In response, Pen CS is launching a new suite of software tools for General Practice and Primary Health Networks (PHNs) designed around the ‘10 Improvement Measures’.

The Pen CS software PIP QI package includes:

  • ‘10 Improvement Measures’ Report for General Practice*
  • Topbar ‘PIP QI App’ for General Practice
  • ‘10 Improvement Measures’ Reporting tools for Primary Health Networks
  • PIP QI ‘Compliance’ for General Practice (reporting package for your PHN)*

“Our intention is to support participating General Practices to comply with PIP QI requirements. We have integrated compliance features into our existing platform that is in place in more than 5,700 General Practices across Australia,” says Dr Tom Wenkart.

PIP QI features for General Practice include scheduled sharing of de-identified clinical data with your PHN and automatic email alerts to notify the General Practice of the status of their data submission (success/failure) to their PHN.

The new Topbar PIP QI App will drive better data quality for the ‘10 Improvement Measures’.  This App notifies the Doctor when a presenting patient’s record is missing information pertinent to the ‘10 Improvement Measures’. The Practice may opportunistically update clinical information, for the presenting patient, during the patient’s attendance at the Practice.

“Topbar is known for its MBS App and Data Cleansing App that support billing efficiency and data quality for accreditation in General Practice. Now, the Topbar PIP QI App supports General Practices to focus on optimising their data quality around the ‘10 Improvement Measures’,” said Dr Tom Wenkart.

Pen CS clinical audit tool, CAT4, supports data-driven quality improvement and is used to analyse the practice population and better manage patient cohorts. CAT4 will feature the ‘10 Improvement Measures’ as an easy to use Report with the ability to drill down to patient level.

An article in Australian Doctor dated 8th July 2019 by Antony Scholefield said “Practices will receive up to $50,000 a year for handing over de-identified patient data under the Practice Incentive Program reforms designed to drive quality improvement.”

Learn More: register for PIP QI

Please get in touch with your PHN to learn more.

*These features may be available from your PHN or purchased directly from Pen CS.

For further information, please visit Pen CS.