HSAGlobal signs first Medicare Local for mental health plan

South Eastern Sydney Medicare Local (SESML) has signed an agreement with New Zealand-based clinical software developer HSAGlobal to use its Collaborative Care Management Solution (CCMS) to manage two of its mental health programs.

CCMS is used in several of New Zealand eHealth projects, including as the software for the National Health IT Board's shared care plan program, developed in association with the three Auckland regional District Health Boards (DHBs).

It is also the collaborative care platform for the Canterbury Collaborative Care Programme, an integrated primary, secondary and community care program designed to create shared care plans for patients with multiple chronic conditions.

In Australia, CCMS has been used to develop a client and clinical management system for Victorian-based early childhood and parenting centres QEC and Tweddle, as well as the Latrobe Community Health Service's (LCHS) mobile wound care project.

SESML has signed up to use CCMS to manage its Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) and Partners in Recovery programs to deliver better coordinated care across the primary, acute and community healthcare sectors.

SESML recently received its funding approval for the $549.8 million Partners in Recovery program, which is being coordinated through the 61 Medicare Locals. It aims to better support people with severe and persistent mental illness with complex needs and their carers and families.

“HSAGlobal has worked with a number of organisations to deliver integrated care and we feel confident that they have the experience to support us with both their consulting and project management expertise and their software as we improve health service integration in our area,” SESML CEO Lynelle Hales said in a statement.

“CCMS is designed to support this integration, with multiple healthcare providers being able to share information about a client’s care and contribute to a shared plan. We see a real advantage to our clients in having all members of their care team working from the same plan and being able to communicate and collaborate securely and in real time.”

Pulse+IT understands that a number of other Medicare Locals are also in discussion with HSAGlobal to use CCMS for a number of shared care programs.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Comments   

# Rob Starling 2013-05-20 15:57
Client data integration across the entry and referral pathways is crucial. No mention of National eHealth Record/PCEHR availability; are NeHR/PCEHR part of the CCMS package now?
# Stuart Barson 2013-05-21 18:52
Hi Rob. To confirm NeHR/PCEHR is a part of the CCMS work program and is scheduled for Q3 2013. On integration, we are working with lead vendors and partners and expect our initial releases in Q3/4 2013. I agree integration to support pathways is absolutely crucial, as we have done in New Zealand and Singapore.
Stuart Barson HSAGlobal

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