HealthComms announces new expanded contract in association with leading Melbourne care provider “Catholic Homes”
2nd September 2014
Irish technology to benefit the Aged Care sector in Australia
Irish company HealthComms has signed a new contract with Catholic Homes to expand the scope of its “MyHomeReach” technology across additional Aged Care Facilities and Retirement Villages in the Greater Melbourne area. Catholic Homes is a leading not-for-profit organisation providing accommodation, residential care, community care and retirement living accommodation choices for over 1300 Victorian seniors in the Greater Melbourne area. Rollout is expected to commence September 2014.
L-R: Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; Greg Pullen, CEO, Catholic Homes; Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland; Paul Mooney, COO, HealthComms and Ireland’s Ambassador to Australia, H.E. Noel White
The announcement was made during the Enterprise Ireland Trade and Investment Mission to Australia led by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD.
HealthComms launched “MyHomeReach”, a software as a service (SAAS) solution, in Melbourne in November 2013 as a major component of a pilot project with Catholic Homes. The project addresses common Aged Care challenges such as social connectedness, access to services, and cost-effective service delivery. “MyHomeReach”, which focuses on supporting independent living, has enabled Catholic Homes to utilise technology that promotes social inclusion and enables the ongoing monitoring of wellness while increasing service quality to its clients.
Speaking from Melbourne Minister Bruton said: “As the world’s population ages, technology solutions for healthcare and age-related challenges will become more and more important, and this is an area in which innovative Irish companies are particularly strong. This new contract with Catholic Homes demonstrates the calibre of HealthComm’s innovation and technology, and provides a great example of the type of innovative companies which my Department supports through Enterprise Ireland. I wish them and Catholic Homes every success with this project”.
Catholic Homes’ CEO Greg Pullen said: “The use of devices such as tablets and mobile phones will enable clients to maintain contact with a network of both formal and informal carers. To date Catholic Homes has successfully trialled the MyHomeReach program with 40 participants in their own homes with results shown to prolong independent living, improve a client’s sense of security and assist with general wellbeing”.
Paul Mooney, COO of HealthComms said: “HealthComms is changing how care is delivered and technology utilised in the world of Aged Care providers by delivering basic communication and care coordination capabilities into the homes of people in care. Our unique solution, combined with the full engagement of the Care Provider, delivers a better quality service, a sense of security and inclusion providing tangible cost, time and management efficiencies. Our technology is changing the way the Aged Care industry ecosystem will operate”.
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Paul Mooney, COO, HealthComms
With offices in Kildare, Ireland, HealthComms designs and develops software providing technology solutions supporting Carers and cared-for-individuals both in the home and in a Care Environment.
“MyHomeReach”, a software as a solution (SAAS) technology, is an innovative concept in supported living. A tablet/phone-based suite of easy to use functions enhances independence by providing people with a means to connect easily with caregivers, family, friends and their community. “MyHomeReach” provides users with control over important aspects of their day-to-day lives including medication reminders and care visit appointments. The solution also supports the efficient delivery of care by giving Care Providers an effective means of delivering care services to their communities.
For more information please visit www.healthcomms.com
About Catholic Homes
Catholic Homes, is an agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and a leading not-for-profit organisation which has been providing residential care, community care, respite care and retirement living accommodation for Victorian seniors for over 50 years. Catholic Homes aspires to a philosophy of ‘care for life’, offering security of care to people as their needs change.
For more information please visit www.catholic-homes.org.au