Leading vendors in the Aged and Community Care industry have banded together to form ACIVA - the "Aged Care IT Vendors Association", the first organisation of its type in Australia.
A key aim is to lobby the Government and Industry on key initiatives such as HI, eHealth, ACFI, Medicare, Accreditation, Governance and Risk Management.
The ACIVA executive consists of industry leaders who are well known and respected in the Aged Care sector: President – Caroline Lee (leecareplus), Vice President - Bart Williams (Questek), Secretary – Mark Audley (Wecare), Treasurer - Chris Gray (icare).
"Organisations now recognise that business and care efficiencies can no longer be gained in the absence of computerisation," Ms Lee said. "IT is an increasingly important underlying infrastructure and there is a growing recognition that efficiencies and risk management require close clinical monitoring achieved far more effectively and productively through software systems."
There are now more than 20 companies who build and develop IT specifically for the aged care industry.
"This indicates that the vendor industry has now reached a certain size, maturity, capability that requires management and recognition of its impact on aged care, community care and acute hospital bed delivery," Ms Lee continues.
"We as a group recognised the time was right for action and with the active support and encouragement of the national offices of the ACSA, ACAA and the IT Council, ACIVA has been born."
ACIVA - Aged Care IT Vendors Association
ACIVA _ Aged Care IT Vendors Association as an association, we will be able to bring a specialized and comprehensive perspective on the future development and use of information technology in Australian health care to the various industry forums and to government agencies and decision makers.
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