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MedEconomics: Three reasons why... I use RepAid

This piece of software is invaluable for many GPs, says Dr Gio Caranci.

RepAid is a brilliant piece of software that will revolutionise how you do reports. It is for people who use either system 6000 or Synergy clinical systems from iSoft. It is a program designed to be added into Microsoft's spreadsheet program, Excel, to make searches on the database easier and faster.

1: Speed - My surgery has Synergy as its clinical system, and the main reason I use RepAid is its speed and ease of use. Compared to Synergy's own reporting system, it is unbelievably fast, and it doesn't affect the running of the clinical system. This tool is invaluable in keeping on top of targets and checking for lost or missing data. But it has a multitude of other uses and is one program that I use most days. For example, to find out which of our diabetics over 45 years of age who hadn't had their BMI recorded in the past six months took less than six seconds to run. With RepAid on either a local PC or on your server, it runs quickly and, most importantly, it doesn't slow down your clinical system.

2: Ease of use - It has to be one of the easiest data search and report programs around, from instal-lation to writing and saving reports. You only need to consult the manual to do complex stuff, but for everyday reporting it couldn't be easier to use.

3: Support - The program's author Dr Bart Smissaerts is a practising GP. The program is regularly updated with an ever-increasing range of options. There is a strong and active user group that provides useful support. This is supplemented by the author's rapid email response to queries.

Also included in the package is a handy Read code browser. The cost is also very reasonable with two options: a single use licence (£100 per year) and a practice licence (£300 per year).

- Dr Caranci is a GP in Kettering, Northampton

- For more information, go to www.rbs-software.co.uk.

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