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NEC's industry endorsed cloud platform helps small regional aged care facilities access IT solutions

NEC's industry endorsed cloud platform helps small regional aged care facilities access IT solutions

Date: 15 Nov 2010
Category: Cloud technology

NEC Australia today announced that two of ThoughtWare’s customers are live on NEC’s aged care industry endorsed cloud platform.

Barunga Village and Wami Kata Old Folks Home, both located in regional areas of South Australia, are using ThoughtWare’s i.on.my Care software on NEC’s industry endorsed cloud platform.

David Cooke, NEC’s Head of Health & Aged Care Solutions said: “NEC’s cloud platform will help more regional aged care facilities access quality IT solutions to enhance productivity, something that is becoming ever more crucial in the face of an ageing population.”

ThoughtWare’s CEO Sonja Bernhardt said: “The advantage of hosting the i.on.my Care software on the NEC cloud platform is that small regional facilities can access a range of telephony, security and data management solutions from NEC without having to invest in costly infrastructure. It is much more cost effective, easier and accessible for aged care providers.”

“While Wami Kata and Barunga Village can improve their governance, risk and compliance analysis and reporting using i.on.my Care, they can also access NEC’s hosted email, intranet, contact centre, collaboration and contract management applications to further improve productivity and reduce costs,” Mrs Bernhardt said.

Both aged care facilities will receive business grade broadband, through NEC’s extensive national broadband network. The high performance network provides reliable connectivity allowing intensive applications like video to become possible.

An advantage of NEC’s dedicated environment is that users can login via a single entry point to access all the hosted applications an organisation uses, creating a more efficient and productive work environment as users login only once. NEC handles the authentication for each individual permission.

NEC servers are maintained and supported in NEC Australia’s secure data centres with redundancy, back-up and disaster recovery services

Mrs Bernhardt said ThoughtWare had decided to partner with NEC as it recognised the value of hosting its i.on.my solution on the NEC cloud platform.

“In an overburdened, over worked world we're about making life easier and doing what makes sense. Partnering with NEC is exactly that – it is about delivering great applications like i.on.my Care via sophisticated infrastructure in a simple, easy, accessible way; it makes sense. We're thrilled to be involved,” Mrs Bernhardt said.

In July this year NEC announced an exclusive ICT partnership with Australia’s two aged care peak bodies – Aged Care Association Australia (ACAA) and Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) – to advance the use of Cloud computing in the Aged Care Industry.

David Cooke, NEC’s Head of Health & Aged Care Solutions said NEC was helping to bring more effective ICT solutions to aged care facilities through its industry endorsed cloud platform.

“We’re providing a platform that opens up additional routes to market without application developers having to create their own cloud computing offering from scratch,” Mr Cooke said.

For more information on NEC’s Aged Care Cloud Solution visit www.nec.com.au/agedcare or call 131 632.

Barguna Village
Barunga Village is an aged care facility based in the coastal town of Port Broughton, 180km north of Adelaide. The 52-bed facility provides high and low residential care and also manages a specialised dementia wing, 14 independent living units and a 42-home retirement village. Barunga Village’s Acting Business Manager, Ros Aitchison said: “Barguna Village is always keen to use technology which provides opportunities for greater efficiencies and the NEC platform delivers us with faster access to applications such as i.on.my.”

Wami Kata Old Folks Home
NEC’s Wami Kata Old Folks Home is a small regional facility in Port Augusta, South Australia with 28 aboriginal residents. The facility is one of 29 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Service Providers throughout Australia.

Wami Kata Old Folks Home’s Manager Mandy Chapman said: “As an Aged Care service provider we are committed to ensuring quality care outcomes for residents and continuous improvements meeting service provider guidelines and in the future accreditation standards.  By streamlining our information technology with access to so many applications relating to our practice, the benefits of being on the NEC platform means we have more choices without the need to pay upfront infrastructure costs.”

For media enquiries please contact:
 
Will Clarke
NEC Australia Pty Ltd
Tel: 0488 34 54 64
Email: will.clarke@nec.com.au

Georgie Nelson
n2n Communications
02 9213 2308
gnelson@n2n.com.au