Implementing information and communication technology to support community aged care service integration

lessons from an Australian aged care provider

Heather E. Douglas*, Andrew Georgiou, Amina Tariq, Mirela Prgomet, Andrew Warland, Pauline Armour, Johanna I. Westbrook

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Abstract

Introduction: There is limited evidence of the benefits of information and communication technology (ICT) to support integrated aged care services. Objectives: We undertook a case study to describe carelink+, a centralised client service management ICT system implemented by a large aged and community care service provider, Uniting. We sought to explicate the care-related information exchange processes associated with carelink+ and identify lessons for organisations attempting to use ICT to support service integration. Methods: Our case study included seventeen interviews and eleven observation sessions with a purposive sample of staff within the organisation. Inductive analysis was used to develop a model of ICT-supported information exchange. Results: Management staff described the integrated care model designed to underpin carelink+. Frontline staff described complex information exchange processes supporting coordination of client services. Mismatches between the data quality and the functions carelink+ was designed to support necessitated the evolution of new work processes associated with the system. Conclusions: There is value in explicitly modelling the work processes that emerge as a consequence of ICT. Continuous evaluation of the match between ICT and work processes will help aged care organisations to achieve higher levels of ICT maturity that support their efforts to provide integrated care to clients.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Integrated Care
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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Keywords

  • Case study
  • Home care services
  • Information and communication technology
  • Information exchange
  • Integrated care

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