In line with the guideline that software-based decision support, audit and recall systems are part of best practice in the management of chronic kidney disease (CKD), a decision support tool for general practice has been developed, following the national consensus statement Managing Chronic Kidney Disease in Primary Care (2015).
bestpractice have designed a CKD module that is being implemented across New Zealand. The tool was introduced in Waikato in April 2016, in Taranaki in July 2016, and in the Lakes region in early 2017. It has been well-received for its ability to enable practices to clarify management and referral thresholds.
bestpractice, in close association with Pinnacle MHN, has worked to ensure the module meets the needs of local services. Thresholds for referral to secondary care have been built into the tool, meaning a referral can't be generated if the patient doesn't meet the criteria. There is also an option for an advice-only referral to be sent to secondary renal services.
Access to the CKD module in general practice is via Medtech