Ireland’s leading web-based care management system epicCare has  announced that it is moving to Microsoft Azure Cloud to help meet the growing demand in aged care and with it the increasing amount of data nursing homes are generating.

The move by epicCare to Microsoft Azure is deemed essential in facilitating the company’s growing client base and in providing greater data resilience for the significant number of Electronic Patient Care Records in nursing homes across Ireland. While demand for places in nursing homes currently exceeds supply, Ireland’s elderly population is forecasted to significantly increase in the years to come.

According to the Central Statistics Office, the 80 plus age group will rise ‘dramatically’ in years ahead. Figures suggest that the proportion of the population aged 80 or over will increase from approximately 128,000 in 2011 to reach 344,900 by 2036.

Richard O’Leary, Managing Director of Epic Solutions, the provider of epicCare, said: “Our decision to invest in the Microsoft Azure Cloud was based on a number of factors. Not only does it allow us to scale dynamically and cost effectively, it enables us to provide greater levels of business and data resilience for our clinical and patient care records. The amount of data that our customers are capturing has doubled the recent years, reflecting the increased demand for nursing home accommodation.”

“Furthermore, the Microsoft Azure platform offers significant advantages through its value-added offerings such as Cognitive Services. These services perfectly align with our software design philosophy -changing the way users interact with technology. The latest epicCare upgrade, due for release before the end of the year, incorporates new features such as voice dictation, touch and clinical decision support. These innovations will improve ease-of-use and make the system more engaging and intuitive, allowing users to focus more on patient care and clinical excellence.

“We are confident that with epicCare now running in Azure we can help aged care providers digitally transform and improve patient care”.

In welcoming the announcement, Frank O’Donnell, Public Sector Lead, Microsoft Ireland, said: “We are delighted to accompany epicCare on its digital transformation journey moving to the Microsoft Cloud. Microsoft Azure will provide epicCare with a secure platform that can handle the increasing data being generated through Electronic Patient Care Records. Our integrated cloud services also provides the scalability required by epicCare for future growth. The use of technology in this way will drive benefits within the care setting through supporting more accurate and secure care records that support a better care environment for patients.”

Epic Solutions partnered with Codec-dss to manage the move to Microsoft Azure. John Roddy, Commercial Director of Microsoft Solutions, Codec-dss, said: “Codec don’t just talk about digital transformation we deliver it to our customers. As the overall winner of the Microsoft Country Partner of the Year  2017 we have seen our Azure business grow by over 350% in the past twelve months. We were delighted to work with Epic Solutions on this innovative project, we were able to demonstrate that we had the experience, local team with the varied skill sets needed to ensure that the project was a success.”  

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