Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
In a gala awards ceremony held at the Crown Casino Melbourne on Saturday, Gold Coast based company ThoughtWare and its i.onmy care solution took out the top award: Winner of the 'best implementation over 650 beds' category for the McKenzie Aged Care Project.

In an industry which is leaping into the 21st century, the 5th annual ITAC (Information Technology in Aged Care) Awards recognize the partnerships between Aged Care facilities and technology companies.

This years theme was ‘Smart Technology for Modern Aged Care’ - delivering change. To emphasize the importance of information technology in establishing a sustainable, quality focused aged care environment. The conference brings together local and international experts across the fields of community care, medication management, assistive technologies and offsite information systems delivery. Critical aged care topics discussed in a practical perspective, highlighting the information Aged Care organisations need to know now to better manage and design aged care service delivery, as well as showcasing products and services to a highly influential audience.

ThoughtWare CEO Sonja Bernhardt, OAM and founder of many not for profit groups and advocate for women in IT for many years said, "This award is very special as it represents a highly successful partnership between vendor and client working in a complex, challenging environment."

Sonja is the first and currently only Australian inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame (Silicon Valley 2005). Founder of many women’s IT organizations, Sonja was recently awarded an Order of Australia, an order of chivalry, a recognition for achievement and service.

McKenzie Aged Care a leader in their field engaged ThoughtWare to roll out the evidence based governance, risk, compliance, performance and education training solution for a community of 50 users with different levels of access, across 7 facilities, caring for 740 Residents, located in Queensland, New South Wales & Victoria.

"The i.onmy care software has eliminated the need for over twenty separate paper based or excel spreadsheet systems throughout the business units, and centralized all these functions in one software package. The information is instantly accessible to the executive team and has facilitated the simple production of automated reports, incident alerts and reminders to manage the many credentials and audits. The staff like it and find it simple to use. This has improved the management of information, where it matters most - the areas of quality, risk, education and clinical care." Said Amanda Seymour McKenzie Aged Care Group Quality Systems Manager.

"This award demonstrates our commitment to building a product based on extensive consultation with the industry over an 8 year period. More than 2 millin dollars has been invested and we are now starting to see the positive change and impact in the aged care facilities who adopt the technology," said ThoughtWare's CEO.

"The i.onmy care solution is used by Aged Care Providers Australia wide and we have recently expanded into New Zealand. The innovation lies within the system's framework, built to manage and deliver, continuous quality care across any sized organisation. We measure the success before and after each project and the results speak for themselves."

Contact Profile

ThoughtWare Australia - i.onmy care software

Established in 1991, ThoughtWare specialises in software development and project management.

Cornerstone solutions are a unique, innovative range of compliance and competency solutions targeting the aged care, community care and schools sectors.

ThoughtWare also provides software to government, educational institutions, organisations of all sizes. As well as biotechnology and scientific sectors.

About Sonja Bernhardt

Awards & Public Recognition for Sonja and ThoughtWare:

1. Awarded a medla of the Order of Australia for services to Information technology (January 26 2011)

2. Listed in Australian Who's Who of Women in Business (2006 to current) and the Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering 2006-2007 (note: these are credentials qualified listings, not paid listings)

3 . First Australian inducted into the Hall of Fame for Women in Technology International (Silicon Valley, December 2005)
Sonja Bernhardt
P: 0416248236
W: www.ionmycare.com


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