A Perth-based not-for-profit organisation will offer its enterprise in-house built e-health smartphone application ‘ComCare’ for cost-price to hundreds of aged care facilities.
The platform means nurses can build detailed patient records on medical treatments, symptoms, and pain, fatigue and nausea levels. Aged care providers can use the application for reporting and finance services.
ComCare, is used by more than 1000 Silver Chain mobile nurses using Ericsson smartphones. The WA health care provider has up to 700 nurses using the system at any given time who service more than 40,000 patients a year.
The system could eventually accept electronic data from pharmacies, general practitioners, or hospitals, and provide the industry with updated benchmarks on clinical treatments.
About 100,000 aged care beds, or 60% of the national total, are attached to electronic medical health records.
It is hoped that the system will integrate with e-health services that, as part of the Federal Government’s national e-health strategy, could see Australia’s health providers swapping clinical data over standard technology. Under that plan, electronic health identifiers will record each treatment, condition and aliment into a medical history that will stay with every Australian for life, and be accessible by each health practitioner in the country.
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