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Published on Dec 7, 2016
Hello. I’m Dr. Oliver Frank. I’m a GP in Adelaide.
Background We’re going to show you some new features in the Doctors Control Panel software that can help you to improve screening for bowel cancer in your practice. The problem that we are trying to solve is that only about one third of people who receive a bowel cancer screening kit from the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program actually use the kit. This is a pity, because the evidence is now clear that people who are screened for bowel cancer are more likely to stay alive and well, than those who are not screened. You might not know that GPs can request Faecal Occult Blood Testing (FOBT) via Medicare just like any other pathology test. All mainstream pathology practices provide testing kits free of charge for this. Your personal recommendation as the patient’s GP has been shown to have the greatest influence on whether they undertake screening for bowel cancer.
Feature Tour You might have already seen this FOBT button. What’s new here is links built in to the expanded button that let you send information to the patient. In this case you can send an SMS message to the patient, that sends them links to the Jodi Lee Foundation’s website, which has information about screening for Bowel Cancer. Up here in the top right (corner) are some more links. Some for the GP and some for the patient. This link will tell you some reasons why using SMS is more efficient. This will print information for patients who want to have something on paper. This link enables you to print a personalized letter to the patient recommending that they have the test.
We hope that you and your practice find these new features useful, and thanks for watching.