Why collaboration in aged care is essential for future success

| 02 Dec 2013

Throughout the month of October, our team travelled to all states in Australia to host the iCareHealth User Groups. The uptake was overwhelming, with more than 200 clients gathering to collaborate at this year’s user groups.

We believe there is a great opportunity for the aged care sector, industry and government to collaborate in order achieve a deeper understanding of the sector’s needs, articulate those requirements, and importantly, prepare to adapt to the changes that will redefine the aged care landscape.

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ACSA 2013: Working together to care for an ‘experienced’ community

| 28 Nov 2013

Speaking at the Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) National Conference in Melbourne earlier this month, former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett delivered a convincing argument on how the industry must unite in preparing to support a growing “experienced” population. Here, we report on some of the key insights that were covered on this topic.

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mecwacare: Planning for a new aged care landscape – Part 1

| 20 Nov 2013

Economic, demographic, social and technological changes are set to redefine the aged care landscape. In response to these industry-wide changes, aged care providers will face greater challenges and pressure than ever before. We sat down with Michele Lewis, Chief Executive of mecwacare, who shared how her organisation is responding to these emerging challenges and developing strategies to overcome them.

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A sample PCEHR Security and Access Policy for residential aged care

| 30 Oct 2013

In our ongoing series dedicated to eHealth, we’re helping aged care providers in Australia overcome some of the challenges in preparing for the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) system.

In this post, we cover some of the essential policy requirements that residential aged care providers must consider before using eHealth records within their facilities, and provide a useful sample PCEHR policy template.

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Building the case for electronic medication management

| 20 Oct 2013

Improving the management of medicines within aged care is a national safety and quality priority. Beyond the obvious risks associated with non-compliance, medication-related errors have the potential to increase the risks to patient safety and at worst, contribute to more serious consequences. The good news is, the majority of medication errors are preventable.

In this post, we explore the ways electronic medication management is helping to support pharmacists to prescribe accurately, care and nursing staff to administer correctly, and ensure residents takes medications safely.

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Are we ready to support our growing ageing population?

| 11 Oct 2013

According to the latest study, the world is ageing so fast that many countries are not prepared for the significant impact of the demographic changes.

While there is no single solution that can solve all the challenges that we’re facing as a country, we expect advances in technology to be the key enabler in helping to identify and meet the needs of a population that is ageing faster than ever before.

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ACFI Optimisation: Ensure you receive the right funding entitlements

| 04 Oct 2013

Between 70 and 80 percent of an aged care provider’s revenue is subsidised by the Government, via ACFI. For many aged care providers, this can equate to millions of dollars’ worth of funding each year. It’s essential for all providers to review and optimise their subsidy revenues to ensure they receive the correct amount of funding entitlements.

But how can you ensure that you receive the right ACFI funding entitlements without having to find the extra time, resources and expertise to make it happen? Fortunately, there are a variety of ACFI optimisation tools that help streamline the process.

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Challenges aged care providers face in preparing for eHealth (and tips to overcome them) – Part 2

| 30 Sep 2013

As part of our involvement in the National eHealth Transition Authority’s (NeHTA) aged care software vendor panel, we have collaborated with a group of aged care organisations to implement the software that will allow their facilities to access the national eHealth system.

The journey has inspired us to step back and take a closer look at some of the key challenges faced by these aged care organisations as they prepared to connect their facilities to the eHealth system. In the second part of the post, Donwood Community Aged Care, Lynden Aged Care and mecwacare share more challenges, as well as tips for other aged care providers embarking on the eHealth journey.

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