Communicare Systems Pty Ltd and the University of Western Australia's Centre for Software Practice are exploring the combination of their two leading health products, Communicare and MMEx to create a next generation health care platform.
UWA's Associate Professor David Glance said a memorandum of understanding between the Centre and Communicare Systems would bring together new technologies to improve patient care, particularly in remote areas and in the field of Aboriginal health.
MMEx was developed as a web-based e-health platform at UWA's Centre for Software Practice. Used widely throughout Australia for secure information sharing and clinical patient management, it incorporates the latest technical standards from the National e-Health Transition Authority, evidence-based clinical protocols for chronic disease, and specific modules for telehealth.
Communicare software is used extensively in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services throughout Australia and in other primary care organisations.
"The combined operation will continue to provide MMex and Communicare's service excellence and build on the reputation of working closely with consumers while bringing innovation and strong research ties through the Centre," Associate Professor Glance said.
"Both MMex and Communicare are central to providing clinical infrastructure for the Australian Government's Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record."
"The combination of Communicare and MMEx will allow health services to take advantage of new technologies such as telehealth services and electronic medication management," said Communicare Director Brian Dunstan.
"Services will be able to share clinical information and collaborate to a degree that has not been previously possible."
Associate Professor Glance said the collaboration would involve close consultation with user groups to create a service that is fully integrated into best-practice health care delivery.