Primary Sense

Important update

Primary Sense will be replacing the Pen CS systems CAT4 and Topbar in May 2023. Primary Sense is an evidence based clinical audit and decision support tool that provides on demand, pre-filtered reports at the click of a button.

From November 2022 your practice can gain access to Primary Sense. Simply complete the online form and our team will be in touch.

Primary Sense – a population health management, clinical decision support and data extraction tool 

Brisbane South PHN has committed to adopting Primary Sense – a population health management, clinical decision support and data extraction tool.  

All eligible general practices who have signed a Data Sharing Agreement (DSA) with Brisbane South PHN will receive Primary Sense free of charge. 

Primary Sense has been developed in conjunction with general practices, universities and representatives from peak bodies. It has been tried and tested among 700 GP’s in the Gold Coast PHN region. Primary Sense is: 

  • easy to use 
  • can be quickly installed in practices using Medical Director or Best Practice software 
  • provides real time medication safety alerts, patient care prompts and near real time data extractions 
  • remains free for general practices that share data with Brisbane South PHN 
  • all data extracted from Primary Sense is privacy protected, securely stored and managed in Australia 

If your practice is interested in being an early adopter, please complete the form linked below.

Primary Sense’s four components work together to provide real time reports, medical alerts or prompts. These include:   

1. A data extractor tool    

2. A desktop app   

3. A database   

4. The Johns Hopkins University ACG® System – the world’s leading population health analytics software  

How Primary Sense works   

Data extractor  

  • The tool extracts de-identified general practice data from a practice every three to five minutes.   


  • This data is securely transferred to a central database where analytics – like The Johns Hopkins University ACG® System – run over the data regularly.  
  • The data is stored in a highly secure data store that is only accessible to that practice’s PHN, where PHN staff can run further analysis to support quality improvement initiatives and inform population health research or plan and commission services, like mental health care, to improve community health across the country.   
  • All data extracted from Primary Sense is privacy protected and securely stored and managed in Australia.  

  Desktop app   

  • The processed data is presented back to GPs, practice managers and practice nurses as reports, medical alerts or prompts, either on demand or triggered during a patient visit.   

For learning manuals, important documents and ‘how to’ videos, click here

Contact us

For further information contact the Primary Health Team on: 

Phone: 07 3864 7555