DVA implements PCEHR-enabled case management

Melbourne-based IT consulting firm Sinapse has completed the deployment of the Penelope case management system from Canadian firm Athena Software for the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA).

The new web-based system replaces the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service's (VVCS) bespoke management information system known as VMIS.

VVCS provides mental health counselling programs to Australian veterans, peacekeepers and their families by psychologists and social workers. The DVA also provides rehabilitation and home care services.

Part of the tender for the new system was a requirement that it interface with the Healthcare Identifiers Service and the PCEHR, which the previous system could not do.

Sinapse is building the additional functionality that will accommodate the connection of Penelope to the PCEHR.

Sinapse partner Noel Thurlow said the project had been implemented within four months to counsellors across all Australian states.

The DVA is also involved in a telemonitoring trial, which is using the NBN to link Gold Card holders in their homes with their general practices.

The trial kicked off in the NSW town of Armidale in May and enables participants to measure their vital signs at home and have their GP and nurse coordinator, usually the practice nurse, remotely monitor their readings and consult by video conference or face-to-face as needed.

The trial was funded by the former federal government and it is unclear if it will now be extended as planned to other NBN-enabled sites in Coffs Harbour in NSW, Toowoomba in Queensland and the WA towns of Mandurah and Geraldton.

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