iCareHealth Blog

Posts By: The iCareHealth Team

Choose the right software for aged care: assessing your current situation

| 05 Aug 2013

The truth is, its very challenging to determine whether a specific technology or software solution is the right one without first gathering the evidence to assess your organisation’s specific situation. Once your have a clear understanding of what you’re hoping to achieve, and the requirements you will require to get you there, you will be better positioned to choose the right software for your aged care organisation.

In this post, we walk you through the steps to take when assessing your situation – from conducting a technology audit and identifying your pain points, to defining your goals and essential functional requirements.

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Essential eHealth information for aged care providers

| 28 Jul 2013

The introduction and increasing uptake of eHealth records in Australia presents exciting benefits for aged care providers, along with the wider healthcare network.  Faster, easier access to health information, greater efficiencies, reduced risks, enhanced continuity of care and better outcomes for residents, patients and client, to name a few.

However, when it comes to eHealth, it is hard to know just where to start. In this post, we start at the very beginning by looking at what eHealth is and what it will mean for the future of aged care. We’ve also included other essential eHealth information that every aged care provider needs to be aware of.

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HPI-I vs. HPI-O: Understanding the puzzling eHealth language

| 28 Jul 2013

It doesn’t take very long to realise that our eHealth system is crawling with strange words, surplus capital letters, as well as confusing acronyms and abbreviations that are of very little use to any of us.

The good news is that you’ve come to the right place! To help get you more familiar with the puzzling eHealth language, we’ve put together a handy glossary complete with definitions so you’ll always be in the know.

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How to identify and engage your internal IT champions

| 23 Jul 2013

When it comes to implementing new technology platforms, it is important for aged care organisations to focus on developing a culture of adoption. Connecting with the influencers, or IT champions, within your organisation to help drive the adoption of new technology, can really make all the difference. Read on to find out how you can identify the IT champions in your organisation.

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Minister for Health’s announcements on eHealth from HIC2013

| 19 Jul 2013

Patients will soon be able to have pathology and diagnostic imaging results added to their eHealth records, while an additional $10 million investment will allow advance care plans to be added to the PCEHR. These were two of the key announcements presented by Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek at this week’s Health Informatics Conference. Read more details about the announcements as well the key excerpt’s from the Minister’s presentation here.

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Five hidden benefits of technology for aged care organisations

| 05 Jul 2013

Taking advantage of technology-based solutions offers countless benefits for aged care organisations in terms of efficiency, productivity and quality of care. However, if we focus too heavily on measurable benefits and financial drivers of technology in aged care, we’re at risk of discounting the intrinsic value that innovative systems can also offer to those working within the aged care sector.

In this post, we’ve compiled five of the hidden benefits technology, and highlighted how these can bring immense value to your aged care organisation and the people working within it.

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How the power of technology can revolutionise aged care

| 01 Jul 2013

A perfect storm is on the horizon. An ageing population, driven by the baby boomer generation – the 5.5 million people born between 1946 and 1965 – is about to put unprecedented pressures on Australia’s already overburdened health and aged care system.

There is a clear imperative to drive the uptake of technology in the health and aged care sector to ensure care providers can effectively manage spiralling financial costs, increasingly limited resources and other market challenges of the future.

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Maroba Lodge: reaping rewards from a technology-based system

| 30 Jun 2013

In 2008, management at Maroba Lodge realised that the organisation’s existing electronic resident management software would no longer support the changes that had been made to government funding and expenditure. Maroba Lodge has since switched to a technology-based management system that has provided care staff with quick and easy access to clinical information, which has resulted in improved health outcomes for all residents.

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The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus embraces technology, reduces operational risks

| 28 Jun 2013

The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus provides care to 1500 residents who, on average, take nine medications per day. This equates to 4,927,500 medications administered annually. Managing this volume using a manual, paper-based process was tedious and risky, with reduced visibility across medication management practices as well as increased risk of non-compliance. Find out how The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus leveraged technology advancements to overcome these challenges.

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