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indici to benefit lower North Island Primary Health Care providers

Valentia Technologies has contracted with a group of lower North Island primary health organisations (PHOs) to provide a new suite of practice management products through its population health platform, indici.

Once fully implemented, indici will allow greater integrated care, with additional health planning tools for GPs, patients and wider health care teams in the PHOs.

Tū Ora Compass Health, Te Awakairangi Health Network and Central PHO, who together represent the primary health care needs of nearly 600,000 people, welcome the decision after a lengthy procurement and user testing process.

“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,” he says.

“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, and it’s important to note that it’s the platform that’s changing rather than any practice management processes.

Originally developed by Valentia in close collaboration with Midlands PHO, 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.

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, Central and TeAHN PHO consortium as the replacement 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 TeAHN 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 Bridget Allen.

A new Practice Management System will then be rolled out, followed by a new Patient Portal with additional health planning 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,” said 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 practices owners will make their owned balanced decision to move to indici or stay with their current provider.”