Emerging Systems to integrate Charm into EHS

Sydney-based clinical information system vendor Emerging Systems has signed a memorandum of understanding to form a strategic alliance with Brisbane-based oncology software specialist Charm Health which will see Charm integrated into Emerging Systems' EHS acute care system.

Emerging Systems was bought by Telstra Health in December last year and is best known for its long-term client St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, where EHS is known as De Lacy.

St Vincent's was the first hospital and EHS the first clinical information system to connect to the PCEHR.

According to Telstra Health, the integration of the Charm system into the Emerging platform will enable hospitals to provide a more comprehensive medical record for cancer patients, including populating e-discharge summaries for GPs and uploading into the PCEHR.

Emerging Systems' managing director Russel Duncan said the formation of this partnership would help build on the ambition for a connected healthcare system to deliver better results for patients.

“Telstra Health has built its strategy on connecting and integrating the various components of the health system,” Mr Duncan said in a statement.

“This partnership is another example of bringing that strategy to life, making it easier for hospitals by removing the worry about needing to tailor solutions to ensure interoperability, while also allowing better information sharing across the continuum of care, including hospital, primary and ambulatory care settings.”

Charm Health’s flagship product has multi-site functionality that can manage the clinical and administrative coordination of a patient’s cancer care. The specialist software has about 45 deployments to Australian public and private cancer care providers.

Charm recently signed a master licensing agreement with private hospital operator Healthscope to allow any Healthscope hospital offering oncology services to licence the product and take advantage of a new rapid deployment methodology it has developed.

Charm Health CEO Gary Lakin said the arrangement with Emerging Systems would make Australian-based health IT solutions more appealing in a market that still has a tendency to be drawn to international solutions requiring significant changes to fit Australian conditions.

“We’re a proud Australian company with an intimate understanding of Australian health requirements,” Mr Lakin said. “Working with Telstra Health provides a chance to build on this and offer a better solution for Australian cancer patients and hospitals.”

In addition to St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, EHS is being rolled out to the other St Vincent's Health Australia public and private hospitals and is also being implemented by St John of God Health Care.

It is set to go live when the new St John of God Midland Public opens in Perth later this year. The hospital is replacing the Swan District Hospital and is due to open in November.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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