Topbar app to help general practices identify patients for flu vaccination

  26 April 2022  NWMPHN   

The ‘FLU’ app is now available on Topbar for Pen CS users.

The app is designed to help practices quickly identify patients who are recommended to receive the influenza vaccination this season.

When a patient record is open in a practice’s clinical system, the FLU app will check the details (age, ethnicity, measurements and clinical history) against the National Immunisation Program (NIP) criteria. The app will instantly display the patient’s eligibility status for the vaccine.

There are 3 possible recommendations:

  • RED: NIP patient eligible for free vaccine
  • ORANGE: Strongly recommended but not NIP eligible
  • YELLOW: Recommended but not NIP eligible

FLU app features

The app will help clinicians:

  • quickly identify required or missed vaccinations with colour-coded notifications
  • reduce the risk of vaccination double-dosing
  • have conversations with patients about the need for vaccination
  • track and achieve their practice’s vaccination targets.

Pen CS recipes for influenza vaccinations

Pen CS also has a range of recipes to assist practices to filter and find particular groups of patients eligible for the flu vaccine.

How to find the FLU app

The FLU app is pre-installed for all practices who already using Topbar. You will find it in the ‘New Apps’ section.

Not using Topbar?

Topbar is a clinical decision support system. It’s designed to assist GPs at the point of care – when they’re seeing a patient. Using both their own knowledge and Topbar, GPs can make better decisions based on data.

Topbar users can access a wide range of apps, allowing them to customise the information they receive about each patient. Apps give fast access to information about patients in a clinic’s waiting room, relevant MBS items and other important details.

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) provides all accredited general practices in our region with free access to Topbar as part of the Pen CS suite of digital tools for quality improvement.

For help installing Topbar, log in to or contact Pen CS Support on 1800 762 993.

Visit the NWMPHN website for information on compatibility with your medical software, user guides and more. If you have questions or need support with Pen CS tools, contact NWMPHN on (03) 9347 1188 or email