26 June 2023

GP practices using Best Practice software can now upload advance care planning documents to My Health Record for their patients. 

Patients and their carers have been able to upload advance care directives to their own records since 2016, but the new functionality allows their GPs to do the uploading.

Both internally created documents and external PDFs can be uploaded.

This increased functionality will enable more people to have their documented preferences accessible by clinical teams, and their preferences respected, for example, people in an emergency situation or members of a multidisciplinary team needing access to a patient’s end-of-life planning.

The new capability will be available in Best Practice’s next release, Bp Premier Orchid SP1.

PDFs created within Best Practice can be directly uploaded from Bp’s main menu, while externally created PDFs can be uploaded from Bp’s correspondence menu.

Word documents or Rich Text Format (RTF) documents are not able to be uploaded and will have to be converted into a PDF before exporting.