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A collaboration between aged care
software company Management
Advantage and medication
management solutions company
Webstercare aims to improve
efficiencies and reduce errors in
aged care facilities.
Management Advantage and
Webstercare have announced that
Manad Plus, a leading software package
that supports aged care facility
operations, has successfully integrated
with MedSig, the leading medication
management communications software
used in aged care facilities.
The collaboration enables Manad Plus
to communicate new admissions or
changes in resident details directly
to MedSig. This means there is no
double-handling and the data is
seamlessly sent so the pharmacist can
accept the new record.
Conversely, MedSig can communicate
information back to Manad Plus,
such as any medications that are not
administered, and have progress notes
inserted and available for all staff to see.
This collaboration advances the
issue of interoperability between
software systems used in aged care
facilities and will enable the seamless
integration of important patient and
clinical information, thus allowing
transparency and easy data access for all
The benefits of the collaboration
between the two aged care facility
suppliers are already bearing fruit.
Alexandra Zammit, CEO of Thomas Holt
Village, said: 'At Thomas Holt resident
care is our prime focus. The interface of
these two systems simplifies sharing of
information allowing our staff to focus
on resident care'.
Webstercare CEO Gerard Stevens AM
said collaboration and interoperability
between aged care software providers
offered significant opportunities for aged
'Many aged care facilities face enormous
financial and operational pressures and
these are exacerbated by the ageing
population and government funding
pressures. As support-service partners
to aged care facilities, Webstercare
and Management Advantage -- two
independent companies -- are committed
to supporting aged care facility goals and
have thus invested considerable time and
energy to come up with a solution that
integrates our systems.
'The result will benefit our aged care
facility partners by helping to improve
efficiencies and enhance patient safety
by reducing the chance of transcribing
errors,' Mr Stevens said. 'Collaboration
has to be considered 'the new black'
in this industry whenever it can lead
to improved efficiencies and patient
safety. So we'll continue to consider
collaborating with other aged care
service providers whenever such positive
outcomes are attainable'.
Manad CEO Peter Staples said: 'This is
by far the most cost efficient way to
go, complimentary systems effectively
spread development costs and end
up giving other spinoffs that benefit
the client. The decision for both
Webstercare's MedSig and Manad Plus
to interface in this way was a no brainer.
The best of both world's medication, and
care management talking directly to each
other,' Mr Staples said.
The ATO is encouraging employers
to prepare for the introduction of
SuperStream which will change the way
they make superannuation contributions.
In cooperation with their service provider
or default fund, employers can use
SuperStream from as early as 1 July.
SuperStream introduces a new standard
for all employers which involves making
super contributions electronically with
linked data and payments. All super
contributions are treated in the same
way -- whether sent to a default or choice
fund, an APRA fund or self-managed
superannuation fund (SMSF).
According to the ATO the improvements
mean employers will increasingly find
that they can use a single channel when
dealing with super funds, regardless
of how many funds their employees
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