Pen CS and Ocean Health Systems have partnered to deliver dynamic Shared Care Plans to healthcare professionals across Australia. Focusing on chronic disease management, the partnership will give Topbar users with LinkedEHR software a comprehensive care planning tool that connects patients with their carers across a continuum of care – from the community to the hospital.

As part of the new partnership, Pen CS and Ocean Health Systems’ customers will benefit from workflow efficiencies, increased product functionality, technical innovation and competitive pricing.

LinkedEHR provides a single, dynamic shared care plan that is accessible by the entire care team. It enables General Practitioners, allied health providers, specialists and hospital-based clinicians, insight to the complete range of care activities that are planned or being carried out for their most complex patients as they move between each participating healthcare provider.

For LinkedEHR customers, Topbar integration populates the care plan with information from the patient record, creating efficiencies in the clinic that save time and money. General Practices may use Topbar to prompt for patients who are eligible for care plans and don’t have one. Also, Pen CS’ suite of eHealth tools includes CAT4 that may generate a report of patients eligible for a GP Management Plan (MP) or Team Care Arrangement (TCA).

More than 11 million Australians reported having at least 1 chronic disease in 2014-2015. While more than 1 in 3 of potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2013-2014 were due to chronic disease. For Australia’s healthcare system, LinkedEHR presents potentially huge economic savings.

For patients who have a chronic medical condition and complex care needs, care plans may be Medicare rebatable for certain Allied Health services including podiatry and physiotherapy. Eligible patients may be entitled to a number of visits in the calendar year either free of charge or with a significantly reduced out-of-pocket charge.

About PenCS

Established in 1993, Pen CS is Australia’s leading provider of health analytics software for national population health analysis and reporting in primary care.

The Pen CS platform extracts more than 17 million patient records per month, from over 7,900 doctors and 4,600 general practices and health services across Australia.

Our products are utilised in Population Health, Communication Services to Doctors and Patients, Clinical Trials, SMS Text and Voice Recall, General Practice and Doctor Decision Support, Primary Care Research and Digital Health Data solutions.

We work with the Primary Healthcare Networks (PHNs), Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA), NACCHO and state peak indigenous health bodies, NSW Ministry of Health, Aboriginal Medical Services, research institutes and private, government and not-for-profit organisations.

Pen CS is associated with Macquarie Health Corporation (MHC). Since 1973, Australian-owned, Macquarie Health Corporation has been helping Australians by providing high quality, cost effective healthcare. Today, MHC is one of the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services that includes 11 Private Hospitals, Macquarie Medical Systems and MacRehab.

About Ocean Health Systems

Founded as Ocean Informatics in 1998, our team is led by clinicians and provides a unique approach to health data and electronic health records, with a collective health informatics expertise of more than 100 years. Our experienced clinician informaticians work in a close partnership with our highly-skilled software engineers and share a common goal to improve the ability to ensure the availability of high quality health data when and where it is needed – utilising the latest technology as one of the essential tools for the provision of best practice clinical care.

Our goal? It is much more than simply the right data, at the right place and at the right time. In partnership with government, healthcare providers, vendors, organisations and consumers Ocean applies our ‘smart data’ approach to building clinical systems that transform the direct delivery of healthcare, enable safe and accurate exchange of health data, support aggregation and analysis of research data, and allow implementation of sophisticated clinical decision support algorithms.

What is this ‘smart data’? It starts with Ocean’s leadership role in the international development and standardisation of clinician-verified clinical data specifications known as archetypes. This means that the data that we collect in our clinical systems has been through a rigorous and collaborative design and approval process that draws on the expertise of clinicians, technicians, terminologists and other experts from over 80 countries – involving generalists and specialists; doctors, nurses and allied health providers; and the A to Z of health expertise.