In response to the aged care royal commission’s final report, the federal government is encouraging aged care providers to adopt electronic medication management systems.
Up to $30 million has been made available via a grant opportunity incentivising providers to install transitional-conformant Electronic National Residential Medication Chart products in their residential aged care facilities.
Funding can be used towards:
- eNRMC software solutions and subscriptions
- hardware purchases or upgrades
- training and change management
- other expenditure related to the sourcing and implementation of eNRMC solutions.
The eNRMC transitional arrangement will allow all residential aged care services to begin adopting and benefiting from eNRMC products as soon as possible.
There are three rounds of funding opportunities between now and December 2024, with the funding allocation between $7,000 and $22,000 – based on eligibility.
Details of the current grant are now available to view online.
Grant applications will be assessed on a rolling basis until available funding is expended. If funding is expended before the grant round closing date, the grant round will be closed early. Applicants will then need to wait for the next round to open the following financial year to apply.
The Australian Digital Health Agency has created a register of conforming software products, which is updated regulalry.
One source of truth
Webstercare’s eNRMC MedCare system is among those listed on the register and meeting the transitional conformance guidelines. This means that aged care providers that adopt the MedCare system can access the $30-million funding pool available to facilities that take up the technology.
“Having one overarching fully paperless system – one source of truth – to manage the prescribing, dispensing, administration and ongoing management of medication in aged care settings can significantly reduce risk and minimise the need for unnecessary paperwork,” said Webstercare managing director Gerard Stevens in a statement.