Health Metrics to look to third-party gateway for PCEHR

Aged and community care software vendor Health Metrics recently launched a medications management module incorporating MIMS Integrated, and is considering a third-party gateway approach to integrating with the PCEHR.

Health Metrics, which was established more than four years ago, offers both cloud-based as well as locally installed versions of its eCase software for residential aged care, community care and independent living.

eCase's architecture was built to be cloud-enabled from the start, according to CEO Steven Strange, and is completely device- and browser-independent, meaning it can run on any device anywhere at any time. It also incorporates apps purpose-built for iPads and Android tablet devices.

Mr Strange said the company had built an inference engine using artificial intelligence for its Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) Management module, which allows aged care providers to manage and optimise the basic subsidy against the care cost for each resident.

With many aged care providers also working in community care, Health Metrics has also developed a single client record architecture (SCRA) model for movement between community, independent living and residential care, he said.

The eCase single client record system means that all client details, including clinical care records, move with the client. The community care module also includes rostering for field support workers, route optimisation and intelligent capacity planning.

“We also have an SCE (secure community engagement) model for doctors, allied health and family to engage with the product, anywhere, anytime.”

Last year, Health Metrics acquired aged care management software provider WeCare, which brought the total number of beds that Health Metrics services to around 15,000.

“We'll continue to support and enhance WeCare as it is but … we are encouraging people to move across to eCase. There's no pressure, but a lot of them are taking up the opportunity.”

This year, many aged care software vendors are beginning work on integrating PCEHR functionality directly into their products, but Mr Strange said he would probably take a different route.

“The way we are probably going to support that is through a third-party gateway as they begin to appear on the market," he said. "There are companies like HTR that are offering their gateway to the PCEHR on a transactional basis. Rather than try and reinvent all of those wheels, we will just conform to their gateway.”

Health Metrics has also optimised the system for iPad and Android tablets to include charts, progress notes and work logs for nurses. The mobile platform contains an additional power-out feature that allow users to store data locally and re-synch with the server at a later point.

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