Tyro HealthPoint or HICAPS?

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Smartsoft offers built-in support with both Tyro HealthPoint and HICAPS for Health Fund, EFTPOS and Medicare Easyclaim integration. We are a certified software supplier with HICAPS and the founding PMS software vendor to integrate with Tyro HealthPoint for the Allied Health industry.

Both integrations save time and reduce errors by not needing to manually type into the terminal when processing a transaction. So what is the difference between each system?

HICAPS

Pros

  • You may already have HICAPS as it has been in the industry for many years
  • EFTPOS, Medicare Easyclaim, Worksafe Victoria
  • You do not need an internet connection
  • Support for the majority of health funds in Australia

Cons

  • Older style terminal using legacy com port connection to your computer generally through a supplied USB to com port adaptor.  Occasional driver and reliability issues
  • You need a spare telephone line - possible additional cost
  • Has been slow to update their interface software in the past when operating systems have changed leaving clients unsupported

 For more information, contact HICAPS on 1800 805 780 or email hicapssales@hicaps.com.au

Tyro HealthPoint

Pros

  • Better, modern terminal
  • Tap-to-pay (paypass) support for quick processing
  • No telephone line needed, connection is IP based on your office computer network
  • Tyro instructs settlement of funds into your nominated Australian bank account on the next banking day
  • Tyro is an electronic banking specialist company
  • Tyro is extensively used in the GP PMS industry
  • Inbuilt 3G backup for EFTPOS payments and Medicare Easyclaims when your clinic internet connection is down

Cons

  • You need an internet connection in your practice
  • Does not support some of the smaller health funds, the only fund we see being an issue is St Lukes in TAS
  • No Worksafe VIC claiming

Which system is better for your practice may vary based on your personal circumstances. At this time we will continue to support both systems into the future and will be driven by consumer demand.

Our current recommendation is Tyro HealthPoint due to the modern terminal, tap-to-pay function, no telephone line requirement and the better technology used to communicate your transactions, as long as you don’t require St Lukes Health Fund claiming in TAS, Workcover VIC and you have a broadband internet connection.

 For more information, contact Tyro on 1300 729 468 or email allied.health@tyro.com

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Timothy, Business Care Manager

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Troy Bailey

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You forgot to mention that HICAPS only works if you are a customer of the NAB.
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Jay Sanchez

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Hi Troy. This information is untrue. You can setup HICAPS terminals with all Australian banks and credit unions.
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Tania Hickmott

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What about if I have a business account with Commonwealth or Suncorp.

I could though open an account with NAB if the rates are better and have only my rebates going into this along side of my Commonwealth Business Accounts. What do you think?

Kindest regards Tania iCUC Spectacles & Repairs

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Timothy, Business Care Manager

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Just like the other banks, I'm sure they have full authority to use the name HealthPoint :)
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Andrew Stuckey

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Looks like Healthpoint was created by www.dxc.technology. I'd say the banks and Tyro simply licence the software from them.
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Owen Smith

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The pros and cons are really outdated, yet the article claims to havebeen updated in the last week!
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Is hicap more affordable than TYRO? Since Tyro requies PMS ( nearly costling me $85 a month!) to process medicare claiming, where as hicap is all in one! Please clarify me on this, for a small practice that runs only 2 dayys a week at the moment, which one would be better?
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Hi Shraddha. Though we integrate with HICAPS, Tyro and ANZ HealthPay, you will need to contact each vendor individually to discuss costs, features and whether they can be used without a PMS. Further, there may be other offerings, such as bank-issued terminals, that allow you to process health fund and Medicare claims without a PMS. As a starting point, perhaps contact your bank to discuss what products they offer in this area.