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ePACT2 online learning

Recorded webinar training

We are producing a range of recorded webinar sessions that allow users to develop their ePACT2 skills.  Below is our first of these video links - we will be adding more over the coming weeks.  If you have any topics that you would like us to focus our future recorded webinar sessions on please let us know at nhsbsa.epact2training@nhs.net

Introductory recorded webinar for Primary Care Network ePACT2 users (YouTube video)

Training guides and videos covering a range of ePACT2 topics can be found below:

Creating and using filters

One Drug Database Changes

The changes caused by the migration to the One Drug Database may lead to two major impacts for ePACT2 users:

  • User-built filters may need rebuilding at BNF presentation and BNF chemical substance level.
  • BNF changes and movements mean filters may bring back different results after this change.

User-built filters changes:

If you have constructed any filters using the fields ‘BNF Presentation’, ‘BNF Presentation plus Code’, ‘BNF Chemical Substance’ or ‘BNF Chemical Substance plus Code’ then your filter may no longer return the information you are expecting. By default, ePACT2 uses a setting called “Filter by code” which will include the code in the filter you have created and ensure it continues to work. However, it is possible that some of your filters were not created this way and that those filters will not work in the expected way after the implementation of ODD.

It is possible to check whether your filter will still work by checking if the code is included alongside the chemical substance or presentation name.

If the code is not included the filter will no longer work after ODD goes live and will need to be rebuilt as the names will have changed to match DM+D.

To check if a filter will need rebuilding after ODD implementation you will need to open the analysis containing the filter, or the filter itself if it is a saved filter, and manually check if the BNF code is contained in the filter.

This will follow the format BNF Presentation Name – BNF Code and if the ‘BNF Presentation plus Code’ field has been used then it will follow the format BNF Presentation Name (BNF Code) – BNF Code. This is the same for ‘BNF Chemical Substance’ and ‘BNF Chemical Substance plus Code’.

You can find further information including examples of filters which will work and those that will not in Issue 21 of the ePACT2 newsletter.

Please contact us if you require guidance on whether your filters will work or if you require help rebuilding them.