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New health technology platform to benefit lower North Island Primary Health Care providers

Tū Ora Compass Health, Te Awakairangi Health Network and Central PHO, who together represent the primary health care needs of nearly 600,000 people, have signed an agreement with Valentia Technologies to provide a new suite of practice management products through the population health platform, indici.

Originally developed by Valentia in close collaboration with Midlands based Pinnacle clinical network, indici has been designed and proven as a cloud-based integrated electronic shared health record that underpins and connects the provision of healthcare across the New Zealand health ecosystem. Once fully implemented, indici will support greater integrated care, with additional health planning tools for GPs, patients and wider health care teams.

“We’re looking forward to working further with Valentia,” says Dr Larry Jordan, Chair Tū Ora Compass Health. “We believe this cloud-based solution will be a great future investment for our general practice teams and our population.”

“indici provides a future-proofed solution which has the potential to be much more than just a practice management system,” says Bridget Allan, Te Awakairangi Health Network CEO. “The new platform is responsive and mobile, with disaster recovery back-up,” she says. “It’s important to note that it’s the platform that’s changing rather than any practice management processes.”

Valentia’s President – Technical Services, Dr Ahmed Javad, said: “We are delighted with today’s announcement that indici has been selected by Tū Ora Compass Health, Central PHO, and Te Awakairangi Health Network PHO consortium as the preferred PMS in all three networks. This represents an important strategic decision for the consortium as it focuses on leveraging the benefits of indici’s next-generation technology to drive increased integration and innovation in healthcare service delivery as well as empowering patients. We are very excited about working with our partners in Compass, Central and Te Awakairangi Health Network PHOs and making a positive impact on healthcare throughout the region and elsewhere in New Zealand.”

The agreement initially sees migration of practice data to a new Shared Electronic Health Record (SEHR). “The SEHR enables hospital and after hours clinicians to see the key information in the general practice patient record, which helps to ensure the right services are delivered to the patient. This is especially useful when care is needed urgently,” says Martin Hefford, CEO Tū Ora Compass Health.

A new Practice Management System will then be rolled out, followed by a new Patient Portal, and shared care plan tools.

The three PHOs will work closely with practices on migration, training and support to implement the change. “We’re aiming to have our first practice using the indici Practice Management tool towards the end of 2018,” says Dr Bruce Stewart, Central PHO Board Chair.

“While we’ve had very positive practice feedback and user testing so far for the new platform, we respect that individual practice owners will make their owned balanced decision to move to indici or stay with their current provider,” he says.

More information:
indici comprises a sophisticated practice management toolkit, flexible workflow configuration for specialist services, an inbuilt SNOMED CT server, a patient portal and App, and multiple interfaces with supporting entities, including NHI, NES, NIR, NZF, ACC, eSAM, Medi-Map, and Healthlink.