UQ licenses CeGA Online assessment system for geriatricians

Finnish aged care software firm Raisoft has signed a non-exclusive licence with the University of Queensland for its CeGA Online web-based geriatric assessment and clinical decision support system.

Designed by researchers from UQ’s Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine (CRGM) in association with the Centre for Online Health (COH), CeGA Online supports comprehensive assessments of frail older patients in the acute care setting, including acute geriatric wards and geriatric consultations in general wards.

The two centres have also developed a residential aged care version that is used by the Res-e-Care telehealth service, also developed by CRGM and COH and lead researcher Len Gray.

The software incorporates the interRAI international assessment system, which Raisoft also uses. Founded in 2000, the Finnish company provides a care planning solution for aged care, rehabilitation and mental health. RAIsoft is also licensed by the interRAI corporation.

UQ's software is designed to give older patients improved continuity of care by recording and monitoring their progress before, during and after a hospital stay.

Professor Gray said his team was excited to see its software being used more widely around the world to improve health care for older people.

“Raisoft is already a leader in aged care software but they were keen to incorporate aspects of the CeGA Online system into a new product offering because it was developed for aged care clinicians, by aged care clinicians,” Professor Gray said in a statement.

“The software has already been shown to work in a test population and is now widely used by Queensland Health.”

Patient profiles are kept concise and searching through patient charts is minimised. Assessments can be viewed online by external providers and the software can be used to facilitate telehealth consultations to bring geriatric expertise to rural and remote areas.

Raisoft CEO Robert Astrom said the health needs of ageing populations were becoming more complex and CeGA Online had been shown to simplify patient planning and help health professionals work together for improved patient care.

“Some older people have care provided by many different specialists from geriatricians through to physiotherapists and other allied health professionals,” Mr Astrom said.

“CeGA Online will help by collecting all patient information in one place including nurse assessments, diagnoses, living arrangements and support, and recommended areas for intervention.

“Raisoft recognises that effective aged care planning relies on having a single report on a patient and a single place to identify their associated health issues and care arrangements.”

The licence was negotiated through UniQuest, UQ's commercialisation company.

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