Singapore to link aged care to NEHR via IT enablement program

Singapore will link 36 aged care facilities to its National Electronic Health Record (NEHR) and integrated referral management system through its new $S6.5 million Nursing Home IT Enablement Program (NHELP), which uses technology from Australia's Leecare Solutions.

Singapore's Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) announced yesterday that the new program will allow aged care facilities to subscribe to the NHELP IT system as a service. According to the AIC, It will be connected to the NEHR and will ensure timelier flows of residents’ electronic health information between different care institutions and participating nursing homes.

The system involves Leecare's full Platinum 5.0 suite suite, including Platinum 5.0 clinical care and lifestyle, P5 Med medication management, P5 Exec operational management and P5 finance.

It also includes programs from two of Leecare's partners, AGHRM's payroll solution and TimeTarget for rostering.

As Platinum 5 is web-based, aged care staff will be able to view or update their residents' medical records from any device. It will also be able to facilitate care planning for residents based on their medical history and records, and through electronic tracking of the care plan help nursing homes achieve continuous improvement of quality care.

Leecare's system is able to send reminder alerts to staff on ongoing tasks and care assessments to be done and will automate the submission of data to Singapore's Ministry of Health for funding purposes.

So far, nine aged care facilities have committed to participating, with the AIC hoping to roll it out to 36 of the country's estimated 70 nursing homes by 2017. The first facility will go live in February next year.

AIC CEO Jason Cheah said the organisation would work with participating facilities to integrate their existing processes into the IT system.

“I am confident that such an IT-based system will gain greater traction with more nursing homes progressively,” Dr Cheah said in a statement. “AIC will support the sector in the implementation of the NHELP IT system to encourage its smooth adoption.”

An IT help desk and hotline will be set up so that participating nursing homes can seek advice on using the system. The AIC is collaborating with network services and systems integrator T-Systems Singapore on the project.

Singapore's NEHR is a provider-controlled national record that consolidates data and records of each encounter with healthcare providers. It includes a summary care record for each patient including problem lists, medications, hospital discharge and event summaries, as well as referrals and care plans.

The architecture was designed by Accenture, which also built Australia's PCEHR.

Posted in Asia Pacific Health IT

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