iCare rebrands as iCareHealth

Aged care software vendor iCare Solutions has rebranded as iCareHealth to reflect its move into the broader aged care sector, encompassing community care.

iCareHealth acquired UK community care software company h.e.t software in August last year and is developing a product suite for its aged care provider customers, many of whom provide community care services as well.

“Most of the aged care providers in Australia, if they are in the not-for-profit sector, will have community care packages, so we are working with our customers at the moment to understand what their needs are really going to be,” iCareHealth managing director Chris Gray said.

“In Australia, the number of people receiving aged care services continues to increase. In line with the preference of recipients to remain in their own home, the federal government has increased the number of community care packages.

“With community care software now part of our portfolio in Australia, we have begun the process of integrating this functionality with our clinical, care and medication management software to cater for these changes in the aged care industry.”

Mr Gray said the acquisition presented an opportunity to reflect a consistent identity for the organisation and align with its goal of delivering a complete electronic healthcare record across the continuum of care for the Australian aged care industry.

“Under our new brand, iCareHealth will continue to invest heavily in clinical, care and medication management software for the Australian residential aged care industry, which will enable further enhanced functionality over the next 12 months,” he said.

iCareHealth is currently working on the release of v3.0, which will incorporate the eHealth standards being undertaken as part of NEHTA's aged care software vendor panel, which has been created to drive the uptake of the PCEHR in both residential and community aged care settings.

According to NEHTA, all members of the aged care software vendor panel have achieved their notice of connection (NOC) testing to enable access to the Healthcare Identifier Service. The majority have also passed the compliance, conformance and accreditation (CCA) tests necessary for their first PCEHR-enabled release.

“The aged care vendors are building the capability to download and view PCEHR records within their software, and to generate and upload shared health summaries and event summaries to the PCEHR,” a NEHTA spokesperson said.

“All vendors on the panel have successfully integrated the HI Service and achieved their notice of the connection to the PCEHR, and are at various stages of conformance testing for the balance of the functionality. The vendors are planning the release of the PCEHR functionality in such a way that it aligns with their product roadmap.

“No plans have been agreed for further functionality such as SMD, but there are ongoing discussions with the aged care vendors about possible additions to their programs of work."

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