iCareHealth uploads first event summary to PCEHR

Melbourne-based mecwacare has become the first aged care provider to upload an event summary to the PCEHR, using iCareHealth's clinical and care management software.

iCareHealth understands it is the first member of NEHTA's aged care software panel to successfully upload an event summary to the system.

Event summaries are clinical documents written in narrative form that describe an event a clinician deems relevant to the care of a person. They can be submitted to the PCEHR by any participating organisation.

iCareHealth has been working with three aged care providers in Melbourne to deploy its PCEHR-compliant software since the panel was established last year. Five aged care software vendors are now PCEHR-compliant.

iCareHealth managing director Chris Gray said he hoped mecwacare’s experience would encourage other aged care organisations to take the steps to prepare for eHealth.

“The implementation of electronic health records is a critical component of using technology to help manage the increasing demands on our health and aged care systems,” Mr Gray said in a statement.

He said the key benefits of eHealth for the aged care sector were in the improvements that would come with an electronic flow of information.

“Electronic records will enable care providers to electronically share vital information with providers in the wider health care network including GPs, pharmacies, hospitals, specialists and other care professionals.

“The most up-to-date information about a resident will be available online from facility admission, to a hospital transfer and discharge, or to a visit with a specialist, and back to the facility again.”

mecwacare CEO Michele Lewis said the benefits of eHealth for the aged care sector would accrue from improvements in efficiencies and continuity of care.

Posted in Aged Care

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