Stat partners up as mobile specialists head to the cloud

Stat Health Systems has partnered with managed IT services provider Precision IT and virtual practice administration service Virtual Medical Office (VMO) to offer a complete clinical and practice management solution hosted in the cloud.

The solution is aimed particularly at specialists who value mobility and want to be able to access their systems from any device as well as have their secretarial and administrative requirements outsourced.

Stat software provides customised report writing, SMS appointment reminders, in-hospital billing and ECLIPSE functionality as well as appointment management tools. It also provides integrated clinical functionality such as script writing, eRx Script Exchange integration, access to the MIMS drug database, clinical tools and interfaces with clinical devices.

The partnership with Precision IT means practices have the option to access their Stat and other programs in a hosted environment, Stat's CEO, Carla Doolan, said. The data is stored securely on an Australian-based server and can be accessed from any computer or tablet.

Ms Doolan said she was seeing many of her customers interested in moving to the cloud. “The Precision IT team are great and make it so easy for both the client and for Stat Health,” she said. “There's never any hardware issues and it has proven to be extremely reliable, stable and stress free.”

She said specialists in particular are keen to be as mobile as possible. Stat has now partnered with VMO to provide specialists using Stat and the Precision cloud solution with VMO's virtual practice secretarial and management services.

“These services are designed to support practitioners seeking to establish themselves within the private healthcare sector with a dedicated phone number, personalised answering service, patient enquiry and billing handling, and appointment management all on offer,” Ms Doolan said.

Both newly established and experienced specialists often don't want to be bothered with software or server maintenance and are happy to have someone to manage it for them. “Those that use VMO are obviously interested in doing that as well – they don't want the overheads – but mainly it is they want the ease of mobility,” Ms Doolan said. “That's the big one.”

Stat itself provides the appointment management and billing tools, while VMO can now take care of the administrative side.

Ms Doolan said she expected to see more specialists, including some of her current clients, transfer from locally hosted software to the cloud. Stat also has a number of GP clients, with one large practice in Sydney her first cloud client, she said.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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