03:09pm Wednesday 20 September 2017

UQ innovation set to boost aged care around the world

Innovative software developed at The University of Queensland can now be used to improve aged care worldwide, with leading global health care company Raisoft signing a non-exclusive license.

CeGA Online is a web-based geriatric assessment and clinical decision support system developed by researchers from UQ’s Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine (CRGM) in association with the Centre for Online Health.

The software is designed to give older patients improved continuity of care by recording and monitoring patient progress before, during and after a hospital stay.

CRGM Director Professor Len Gray said his team was excited to see their software being used more widely around the world to improve health care for older people.

“Raisoft is already a leader in aged care software but they were keen to incorporate aspects of the CEGA online system into a new product offering because it was developed for aged care clinicians, by aged care clinicians,” Professor Gray said.

“The software has already been shown to work in a test population and is now widely used by Queensland Health.

“For Raisoft this represents tremendous value, because they know the software is acceptable to clinicians and has proven benefits for patients.”

Raisoft CEO Robert Astrom said the cross-continental deal would help their company to provide effective tools to improve the quality and planning of care for the elderly.

“The health needs of ageing populations are becoming more complex and CeGA Online is an online tool that has been shown to simplify patient planning and helps health professionals work together for improved patient care,” Mr Astrom said.

“Some older people have care provided by many different specialists from geriatricians through to physiotherapists and other allied health professionals.

“CeGA Online will help by collecting all patient information in one place including nurse assessments, diagnoses, living arrangements and support, and recommended areas for intervention”.

“Raisoft recognises that effective aged care planning relies on having a single report on a patient and a single place to identify their associated health issues and care arrangements.”

Raisoft received funding to visit The University of Queensland through CAESIE — a joint scheme between the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the European Commission to encourage science and technology collaboration between small to medium enterprises and researchers in Europe and Australia.

The licence was negotiated through UniQuest, the commercialisation company of The University of Queensland.

Media: UQ Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Kate Gadenne, k.gadenne@uq.edu.au, +61 7 3365 5018, 0438 727 895.


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