DCA buys residential and community aged care suite from CSC
DCA has an established footprint in residential and community aged care with its The Care Manager (tcm) solution and a growing footprint in community care following last year's acquisition of Aboriginal healthcare specialist Communicare.
CSC's residential and community services division was part of its 2011 acquisition of iSOFT, which established an enterprise wide health (EWH) solution in 2009. iSOFT also held the assets of KCS and SWITCH, which it inherited from its merger with IBA Health.
Peter Dannock, divisional general manager for The Care Manager at DCA, said the company had effectively acquired what was known as the aged and community care (ACC) business of CSC.
“That suite was previously known as KCS and was part of iSOFT and before that IBA Health's community and residential offerings in the past,” Mr Dannock said.
“What we have acquired is their software for residential aged care and community aged care, and there is also a component involving the finance aspects of that sector.”
Mr Dannock said staff working in support and development will be transferred to DCA as part of the agreement. “This will provide continuity for existing customers and a platform to continue to grow to meet their requirements,” he said.
“We see this acquisition as further demonstration of DCA’s long-term commitment to the aged and community care sector.”
A spokesperson for CSC said the company had sold its Australian aged care management software products to DCA, originally acquired when CSC purchased iSoft in 2011, as part of its transformation strategy to rebalance its portfolio of services and focus on its core strength in next-generation technology solutions and services.
DCA is a member of NEHTA's aged care software vendors panel with tcm, and the primary care vendor panel with Communicare. Both have passed notice of connection and conformance, compliance and accreditation testing to interface with the PCEHR. In addition, DCA’s Argus secure messaging product has passed conformance and compliance accreditation for SMD.
Mr Dannock said the community aged care client base was at varying stages of readiness for the PCEHR, such as applying for HPI-Os and HPI-Is.
“It's a matter of us working with them to understand the broader requirements,” he said. “Some of them have already accomplished [HPI-O registration] and some of them are still working through it.
“It's fair to say that the PCEHR, particularly for the community aged care sector, is new to them. They are keen but they are looking to see what it can offer them in the long term.”
He said DCA had identified a number of early adopters that it was working with to roll out and implement the PCEHR components of tcm.
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