ITAC 2015: Webstercare takes out top prize as stalwarts join hall of fame

Medications management and pharmacy systems specialist Webstercare has taken out the top prize of ICT company of the year at the 2015 Information Technology in Aged Care (ITAC) awards on the Gold Coast for RxMedChart, its computer-generated version of the National Residential Medication Chart (NRMC).

Organisers also took the unusual step of naming two new members of the aged care ICT Hall of Fame in industry luminaries Rod Young and Suri Ramanathan. Mr Young is a former CEO of the Aged Care Association Australia (ACAA) and a member of the Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council (ACIITC). Mr Ramanathan is also a member and former chair of ACIITC.

Wesley Mission Brisbane won the best implementation of the year award for large providers (over $30 million in income) for its mobility strategy, which includes the ability to access its cloud-based clinical information system, Leecare's Platinum 5.0, on mobile devices.

The ICT Innovative Entrepreneurial of the Year Award, which recognises successful individuals, partners or start-ups who have designed and developed marketable technology-driven products or services, was won by Anne Livingstone of Community Resourcing for leading the development of the Community Care Smart Assistive Technology Collaborative platform.

Webstercare's RxMedChart system is the first computer-generated medication chart which is also valid as a prescription under PBS regulations. For doctors, it means they can prescribe medications on the chart without the need to write a separate script.

The chart acts a single source of information for a resident’s medication profile to all members of the healthcare team and integrates information across all software used to manage medications by doctors, pharmacists and nursing staff.

It can be used to document a resident’s medication profile and by the pharmacist to dispense medications, as well as solving the problem of prescriptions owing from RACFs.

High recognition in the ICT company of the year category went to:

  • Villa Maria Catholic Homes for new innovative IT tool
  • Leecare Solutions for integrated IT solution
  • Simavita for growing an IT company overseas
  • Sundale for good corporate citizen

Best Implementation of the Year for facilities with less than $5m in income went to Flexicare for the implementation of an IT solution that allows case managers and podiatrists to access client information remotely on tablet devices.

Best Implementation of the Year for facilities with between $5m and $30m in income went to Adssi Home Living for a quality management system from Thoughtware.

Best Implementation of the Year for infrastructure (hardware/software) went to Sundale for moving its data centre from a local server at its base in Cooroy on the Sunshine Coast to a NextDC managed service in Brisbane.

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