Launching the national program - Collaborative Care Cluster Australia (CCCA) - Victorian Health Minister, David Davis, said that ten thousand patients in Victoria were already taking back control of their lives with the help of the government-funded program that was transforming management of chronic diseases like diabetes, asthma and arthritis.
“Currently over 10,000 patients, 1,000 GPs and nearly 3,000 allied health professionals have already signed up, the project is running successfully—and now this Victorian initiative is going national.
“CCCA offers the Victorian-developed e-health platform, cdmNet, in a proven format that links a patient with their own care plan and helps their entire healthcare team to share information and collaborate more effectively.”
“I urge all Victorian pharmacists, patients with chronic conditions and their carers to come on board, and join with GPs, specialists and healthcare professionals to embrace innovative technologies like cdmNet, which can transform the outcomes of chronic health management, reduce costs and improve quality of life.
“With no costs to patients, the system pays for itself through efficiencies it creates in the doctor’s surgery, so everyone wins.”
The Minister said that, in future, patients and their carers would be able to join a care conference with their GP and specialists, “accessed at the press of a button from cdmNet, by video, voice or online.”
Funded by the Victorian Government, CCCA partners include Precedence Health Care, Fred Health, Cisco Systems, Monash University, the Australian E-Health Research Centre (CSIRO), Baker IDI, Southern Health, Royal District Nursing Service, South Eastern Health Providers Association, Bupa, Diabetes Australia, and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.