Press Release 2 February 2017
VetSCOPE announces PIP the invoicing game changer
Every veterinary practice manager knows that entering purchase invoices by line item is a time consuming process that, by its nature, can be prone to human error. They also understand that it brings one overriding benefit: keeping stock up to date and helping to identify and manage price increases from suppliers.
VetSCOPE, Ireland’s leading provider of veterinary practice management software, is delighted to announce a potentially game changing solution that brings new efficiencies to this administration process. Purchase Invoice Processing (PIP) gives VetSCOPE users full access to their suppliers’ price lists and allows the electronic ordering of stock from any VetSCOPE computer in a practice’s network. Through PIP, batch numbers and expiry dates are automatically updated, and the assurance of 100% accuracy in invoice details brings a range of benefits in areas such as payment, rebates and discounts.
‘From a laborious and time consuming process, ordering stock and non-stock items has now been made quick and easy by PIP,’ Stephen Lawler MD of VetSCOPE explains. ‘Once you make the order request, an order confirmation appears, letting you know when and how your order will
be fulfilled. In a short period of time (depending on wholesaler) your invoice will be ready to download.’
Always ahead of the curve in innovation, VetSCOPE is the only practice management system that incorporates a supplier ledger, a capability that PIP builds on directly. By facilitating the downloading of a supplier invoice into the VetSCOPE system, PIP provides a range of benefits including time saving in administration, automatic price checking and the immediate application of price changes.
Having utilised PIP in its test phase, VetSCOPE client Gerry O’Dowd MVB, MRCVS of O’Dowd Veterinary Hospital speaks enthusiastically about its value to his practice. ‘In the past, I would typically spend a few hours each week reviewing cost price increases. Using PIP, I can now do this, with the utmost conBidence, in a matter of minutes. A fully integrated ordering and invoicing system means that the majority of our purchase invoices can now be entered automatically. That’s a huge beneBit in terms of the day-to-day running of the practice.’
Fellow VetSCOPE client Pat Devine MVB, Lismore Vets, concurs: ‘The time that was spent on inputting supplier invoices is now being put to much better use. We’re using our freed-up capacity to invest in our customer relationship management through herd health schemes and marketing strategies. In that sense, PIP has provided a boost to every member of our team.’
PIP is designed as an open interface and is available to VetSCOPE customers for a an additional fee. Currently supported by Henry Schein (C&M) with other wholesalers actively working on the interface. API documentation is available on www.vetscope.ie.
Electronic Signature Approval for VetSCOPE App signed into Law
PRESS RELEASE - April 2014
Irish veterinary management software company VetSCOPE has warmly welcomed the decision of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to allow the use of electronic signatures by veterinarians when issuing veterinary prescriptions.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney T.D. enabled the change in law through a recently issued amendment to the EU's Animal Remedies Regulations. The relevant Statutory Instrument (S.I. No. 162 of 2014) broadens the definition of “veterinary prescription” to include, for the first time, a prescription issued by electronic means.
VetSCOPE has been in discussions with Department officials since last year, highlighting the benefits of changing the law, following its introduction of a range of veterinary management apps in 2013. VetSCOPE apps allow for veterinarians to streamline the complex administrative tasks of billing and writing detailed prescriptions while “in the field”. Using readily available and relatively inexpensive devices such as iPhones, complex invoices, incorporating prescription information, can now be completed in minutes, signed and sent electronically to the farmer without any paper being involved, all in full compliance with Department regulations.
Following the recent announcement, described as ‘ground breaking’ by the company, veterinarians using VetSCOPE apps on iPhones and iPads will now be able to sign prescriptions on the screen of the unit and email these signed prescriptions to the client directly from the device.
Welcoming the development, Stephen Lawler, Chief Executive of VetSCOPE, said that ‘the use of electronic signatures has becoming increasingly prevalent across business and professional environments over the last decade. Recognition by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine of its relevance to the veterinary profession represents a very positive step forward. It allows vets to deliver their services in a way that reflects changing work practices in the 21st century, reducing the administrative burden while maintaining the culture of best practice that vets and their clients expect. We are delighted the Minister and his Department have moved so promptly to update existing legislation in a way that puts Ireland to the fore internationally and brings many advantages to vets in practice.’
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