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A great program for maximising your QOF points

Dr Simon Clay writes from experience about a highly effective QOF support tool

Q

'I've heard some good things about a program called Contract+. Can you give some information on it please?'

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Contract+ is a QOF support tool written by Informatica Systems. It is compatible with EMIS, INPS Vision and iSOFT systems. It provides prompts for all clinical areas of the QOF and allows single-click insertion of data into the record to 'score' QOF points.

It also comes with a comprehensive suite of reports so you can report on individual disease areas – on all COPD patients missing spirometry for example. All of them are able to be converted into Excel for mail merging.For each disease it provides a list of 'possibles' who aren't in the disease register at present by searching for possible clue Read codes such as inhalers. This information can be used to increase your prevalence figures. The program has several included 'add ons', such as an automatic JBS risk calculator, prompts and reports to support additional services such as flu and pneumococcal vaccination programmes, child immun- isations and so on.The author responds to suggestions incredibly quickly – releasing updates very frequently in response to user suggestions. The version 9.0 rulesets were introduced into it way ahead of EMIS, for example. The support is also quite exemplary.The program is so intuitive and robust that iSOFT stopped using a program written by another company and took it on as its preferred data provider for QMAS last year. iSOFT users get a slightly cut-down version for free. The full version can be downloaded for a free two-week trial by contacting the company at www.frontdesk.info. We have found it so much easier to get the QOF points that buying it probably pays for itself in enhanced QOF scores and reduced admin time. We have only missed 2.84 points in total in the last three cumulative years of QOF, because of using it.I should add that I have no vested interest whatsoever in this system.Dr Simon Clay is a GP in Birmingham

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