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Pinnacle quarterly highlights: Apr-Jun 2018


Welcome from Frank

We had great feedback on our first edition of the quarterly highlights. June marked the end of our 2017/18 financial year and we have another great round of results and stories to share in this issue, as well as what is on top from the board perspective.

Download our quarterly highlights publication below, or click the image to the right to open the file.


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Links to all content mentioned in the quarterly highlights can be found below.

Making headlines

GPs referring for MRI scans to reduce high tech imaging treatment wait times

This exciting initiative, led by Ventures and in collaboration with ACC, offers Pinnacle GPs right across midlands the opportunity to make the best use of their clinical time and offer patients an expedited pathway to the right intervention for specific musculoskeletal injuries.

Introducing Dr Andrew Darby, Pinnacle MHN primary care psychiatrist

Andrew joined the Pinnacle MHN primary mental health and addiction team earlier this month and is available to provide telephone advice and support to Waikato GPs managing mental health conditions in general practice, and to give assistance with comprehensive patient assessments and management.

indici stands strong in comprehensive PMS reviews

indici continues to successfully take on the traditional PMS providers- and win. The lower North Island has crowned indici as their preferred provider. ProCare in Auckland has short listed indici overall current New Zealand practice management systems, with Epic the North American mega system the other contender. Meanwhile Pinnacle practices are on-boarding with the team fully booked until 2019 - if you're interested in a closer look or making the move to the future make contact via your practice liaison with the indici team.

Rural accelerated chest pain pathway receives recognition

Pinnacle has developed a rural chest pain assessment method, referred to as a pathway, which allows low-risk patients in rural communities to be safely assessed and managed by their general practice rather than travelling significant distances to hospital - often needlessly. The programme has since received validation by the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) by way of an award.

xcrania: rebooted

New services and rebuilt contracts are on the way for xcrania practices. Packages will introduce new cloud based services and be tailored to your individual practice needs with shorter terms,separation between xcrania costs and other service and software costs, flexible hardware options - and of course you still get in-depth knowledge of the primary care environment as it relates to technology choice, expert guidance in designing a package that is right for you today and tomorrow and our wonderful service desk! Make sure to check out some of the outcomes xcrania has delivered on our website!

Practice news

Three Waikato practices championing the stop smoking cause

Three practices stand out as providers who are contributing to the massive goal of a smokefree Aotearoa 2025. Oto Med leads the way with a successful quit rate of 47.6 per cent, followed by Mahoe Med at 41.9 percent and Te Awamutu hot on their heels at 41.2 per cent. We chatted to these practices to find out what they are doing differently to deliver such amazing results for their community.

Big outcomes for Health Care Home Lakes extended care team patients

The Lakes extended care team help general practice to support high-needs patients. Check out the latest patient stories.

indici expands into Taranaki

indici is excited to welcome Dr Steve Finnigan's Taranaki practice, along with the Inglewood District Health Trust (district nursing service), onto the platform. This now makes indici active in three of the midland DHB areas.

Te Runanga O Ngati Pikiao breaking down barriers to cervical smears

Championing Talei Morrison's #SmearYourMea campaign, and in her memory, Te Runanga O Ngati Pikiao health service in Rotorua recently held a free all day Saturday smear clinic. 

Health Te Aroha get their patient participation group up and running

A core principle of the Health Care Home is to work with patients as equal partners in their health care and enabling them to contribute to service developments with practice teams. Health Te Aroha, an early adopter of the Health Care Home model of care, is starting the next chapter of their journey with the establishment of their patient participation group.

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Something worth celebrating in your practice?

Email communications@pinnacle.health.nz to arrange a quick interview and we'll help share your news with the network, and your local media if desired.

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