Softlogic to expand its allied health offering for ABF

Allied health software specialist Softlogic is in discussions with several hospitals interested in the AlliedOne system it developed for Townsville Hospital for allied health case-mix funding.

Softlogic's Priyantha Jayawickrama said while the company had not marketed the AlliedOne system widely, it was hoped that with the introduction of activity-based funding (ABF) that hospitals will look more closely at it to help automate reporting for all allied health disciplines, much of which is still done manually.

Mr Jayawickrama said Softlogic had developed AlliedOne at the request of Townsville Hospital, which previously used a manual system. The aim was to capture all patient interventions, both for inpatients and outpatients and categorised according to the clinician, to assist the hospital in receiving the correct level of funding it was entitled to.

“The most important thing for Townsville Hospital was the one-to-one interventions and how you can calculate the price,” he said. “For example, if you are a director or a very senior clinician, your allocation is much higher than another clinician, and an acute session may be more expensive than a rehab session.

“We have given these a code for each occasion of service, and from that they can extract information for their report for case-mix funding. They send that report to Queensland Health and it shows how many sessions for each category and allocation, and for occasions of service.”

AlliedOne is able to interface with Townsville Hospital's Hibiscus (HBCIS) patient management system to automatically pull admissions and patient data into the system, he said.

“It picks up all of the patient admissions and discharges, and we have a colour scheme that shows the patient's status and you can see who has been allocated to you. You can then define what intervention you have provided at what time.”

For outpatients, AlliedOne has an appointment booking module that is flexible enough to cater for walk-ins, and which also has a function that allows users to automatically generate an outpatient appointment letter that can be printed out and sent to the patient.

All allied health disciplines can be added to the system, including physiotherapy, dietetics and occupational therapy. It also has the facility to allow each discipline to create their own templates for specialist interventions, he said.

“The system has been in use at Townsville Hospital for a couple of years but this sort of software is becoming more important as activity-based funding comes in,” he said.

Softlogic is also developing a new module what will allow its ChefMax food service management system to be integrated into bedside infotainment systems.

Softlogic has a number of clients using ChefMax, particularly in the private hospital and aged care sectors. ChefMix not only allows dieticians to design and upload specific diets, but it also functions as a full food management system for the food service department.

Mr Jayawickrama said the software also had an ordering function that runs on tablets and iPads, and the company was now developing a module that will allow it to be integrated with the increasingly popular bedside infotainment systems being installed.

As it is linked to the patient management system, specific diets for certain patients can be managed, and patients using bedside ordering will only be allowed to order from a menu suitable for them, he said. It also has full food allergy functionality.

Softlogic is also designing an app version of its Clean Audit system for one of its aged care clients, and is also gearing up for the Institute of Hospital Engineering, Australia (IHEA) facilities management conference in Sydney in October with its Invisible Systems temperature and energy monitoring system.

Softlogic director Nazar Jai said the wireless system allowed engineers to remotely monitor critical temperatures for pharmaceutical and therapeutic goods fridges as well as constantly monitor energy and water usage.

Mr Jai said data is sent from wireless sensors via a GPRS gateway and can be monitored in real-time in the cloud.

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