With a team of full time developers responsible for the on going development and support of BEST the feature list soon gets out of date.
If our customers request a new feature then this is added to our master copy and made available for all existing sites to use. Please take some time to review some of the many features listed below, or scroll down for an overview.
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We have been developing health care solutions since 1991 and our latest and BEST product is the result of ideas and background knowledge gained over the years. Built from the 'ground up' development of the BEST system has been driven by ease of use whilst maintaining maximum workflow and control. BEST was introduced in April 2003 as part of our PASA National Framework approval. Since then over 60 sites have installed BEST with over 100 modules serving well over 1,000,000 patients.
Our latest version (release 14) has been revised to match the exacting standards of the National Wheelchair Managers Forum and the all the clinical and operational standards required for NHS guidelines on Wheelchair provision.
Industry Standard Database Structure (Microsoft SQL).
Flexible and robust MS SQL provides a platform which will grow from a single user to hundreds without any software re-engineering. SQL has outstanding linking and integration with other applications and systems.
Industry Standard Reporting (Crystal Reports)
We provide a report dictionary with hundreds of predefined reports which can be tailored for any service as well as the ability to create and maintain your own reports, stats, charts and analysis. Export of data to all industry leading formats (Excel, MS Word, PDF, XML, HTML, Text, email, CSV etc) ensures the highest level of integration and communication with other systems where direct linkage is not possible.
We also adhere to the minimum data set and every NHS standard throughout the system.
The system supports the integration of several services using a common Patient/Client record. Access to modules can be restricted and filtered to enable true interaction or individual services can be managed individually. The modules supported are :-
- Homeloans, Community Equipment, Joint Equipment Store
- Orbital Prosthetics
- Communication Aids
- Environmental Controls
- War Pensioners
Configurable to suit your service
The system although packaged has been designed at the outset to enable service selection and application control through pre defined switches. Hundreds of user selectable options enable customisation with minimal cost to exactly match any service requirements. We also offer as part of the systems delivery a level of customisation to your individual requirements.
Links with Contractors
Robust and efficient links with external contractors where needed (Prosthetics, Wheelchair Approved Repairer, Orthotics contractors etc..). These links improve efficiency and minimise duplication to maintain and improve customer service. This feature will reduce delay and improve performance of the service and the approved repairer.
National Codes used throughout
We use National codes extensively throughout the system, some examples are
- GP Codes driving PCT and Practice Codes
- PASA Contract Codes and Prices
- National Ethnic Origin Tables
- NASDAB data set reporting
Complex and sophisticated yet simple to use
The system has been engineered under 'National Framework' guidelines to enable common and consistent access to the system data. Searching, sorting, filtering and selection is simple and yet incredibly flexible (search fields are not limited, a complex search can be made on any combination of visible field(s) i.e. Surname='Clegg', Forename = 'K*' – using wildcards and Postcode = 'HX*'). Data records are then delivered in record or 'table' view.
Related data (Orders, Equipment, and Notes etc) are available with minimal navigation and presented in a logical and efficient manner allowing cross checking and drill down to exceptional detail levels.
The system makes extensive use of drop down pick lists for all static data. These lists are configurable and maintained by the service to ensure up to the minute control of all aspects of the system. Complex filtering pick lists assist new users for example to select stock by Group then Category and finally Product code to ensure reliable and easy selection of the correct items. Pick lists can be filtered, sorted and keyword searched where needed to further assist user selection.
A highly sophisticated document management system is provided to link any Windows type documents to patient/client data. These types can include any document which will open using Windows (MS Word, Excel JPG Pictures, Adobe PDF, Movies, Sounds etc) as well as some specialised interfaces, for features such as FSA pressure monitoring and mapping images. Standard letters are created and merged from service created MS Word templates and stored for recall when required. Any number of additional templates can be added simply by the service at any time.
In 2011 we released a very powerful document scanner feature which will enable any document produced from BEST to be scanned back in with auto filling and even job completion!
Multiple screens allow direct access to the scanner so you can scan complete paper files against your client, incoming referrals, prescriptions and basically any kind or relevant documentation give you the ability to go totally paperless or at least very paper light.
Waiting List Management
Helping you strive for the lowest possible waiting list we provide multiple live reports to allow you to view and edit priorities on a pro-active basis. RTT (Referral To Treatment), RTA (Referral to assessment) and Care Pathway analysis are all provided as standard, sites simply choose the configuration to suit their local model.
In line with the standards required from April 2012, Version 14 supports the Community Information Data Set.
The system is supplied with a comprehensive section to handle consent and all the regulatory requirements for all treatment given.
Effective stock control will minimise expenditure and maximise service benefits to all its users. All aspects of stock from purchase order control to repair frequency and breakdown costs will produce supplier reliability assessments to ensure that items in service are of the best quality and value for money.
Risk Assessment & Minimisation
Identification and tracking of at risk patients and fast action when MHRA recalls or equipment rectifications will reduce risk to the patients and service.