Version 14.6

Release notes for V14.6.

Central Data

A new clinical item 'Check up;alcohol;AUDIT-C' has been introduced as part of the Communicare Value Added dataset. This has the first three questions of the existing, longer 'Check up;alcohol;AUDIT' item. The calculated qualifier that totals the score has also been added to the latter item between questions 3 and 4. Note that a new National KPI indicator PI-17 will need to count and disaggregate scores for the AUDIT-C.

A new clinical item 'Check up;Mental Health APHQ-9' has been introduced as part of the Communicare Value Added dataset. The original PHQ-9 tool was developed by Drs. Robert Spitzer, Janet B.W. Williams, Kurt Kroenke and colleagues, with an educational grant from Pfizer Inc. Adapted by Dr. Alex Brown, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.

System Parameters

A new option 'Enforce choice of once off or regular medication' to force the user to make a selection for Once Off / Regular prescription.

A new option 'Make Once off prescription duration mandatory' to force the user to enter the duration for Once Off prescriptions.


A new module 'Formularies' has been added to manage medication lists that can be used to constrain prescribing for particular user groups.

A new tab 'Formulary Rights' has been added to User Group Maintenance.

A 'Formulary' drop-down menu has been added to the Drug Browser.

Private Billing

A new module 'Private Billing' has been added. And 'Electronic Claims Admin' module has been removed. Electronic claims module is untouched.

Two new system rights has been added 'Billing' and 'Billing Administration'. When Billing and Billing Administration system rights are enabled Then these system rights are applied to both Private Billing and Electronic Claims functionality if enabled.

The Electronic Claim functionality remains unchanged with these new changes.


  • Editing a Prescription - The prescription can only be edited by the prescriber who prescribed it and the prescription is not printed yet and the service in which it is prescribed is still open. The user cannot edit a prescription if it is printed or if it is created in a different service or if the same service is reopened or if the prescription is written by a different provider.
  • Health Centre Prescriptions now display a script number. Reprinting a Health Centre Prescription will print it with the original script number, and it is not possible to change the contents of a Health Centre Prescription after it has been printed. You will be warned when changing a regular medication that a new Health Centre Prescription will need to be generated to include the latest changes.
  • Each time a new Health Centre Prescription is generated:
    • The latest regular medication details are used.
    • A new script number is created.
    • Any previous unexpired prescriptions existing for the regular medications will be stopped. If they were created in the current service by the same provider, they will also be logically deleted.
    • Extra options are now provided to align all medications on the prescription to have the same expiry date, or leave the expiry dates as they were previously. See HCP Expiry Date Selection.
  • Each time a Regular Medication is repeated, any previous unexpired prescriptions existing for the regular medication will be stopped. If they were created in the current service by the same provider, they will also be logically deleted.

Appointment Session Templates

Users can now 'clone' a session template to make it easier to add similar templates to the reference table. This functionality is found on the right click menu.

.Net Requirements

Some Communicare modules require Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0 or greater to be installed. These modules are:
  • Communicare Licencing
  • SMS Messaging
  • Intramail
  • Attaching PDF Documents
  • National Prescription and Dispense Repository (NPDR)
  • Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR)
  • Clinical Document Architecture (CDA)
  • Electronic Transfer of Prescription (ETP)
  • Healthcare Identifier Service (HI)
  • Human Services Directory (HSD)
  • Secure Messaging
  • Reports outputting to the ANFPP web service, see Edit SQL Reports
  • Dosage Instructions
  • Private Billing
  • Formularies