An Australian-based company's software has been selected by the Australian Defence Force for two separate trials.
Ocean Software, which designs, develops and delivers solutions for military, government and corporate customers around the globe, has announced its PILS V3 system has been deployed by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) on the HMAS Canberra.
PILS V3 will capture all medication and related-data for those taking part in the combined Australian and United States training activity, Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017.
PILS V3 is also being applied in the current ADF Deployable Health Trial, and has been deployed on 15 defence laptops in field hospitals and deployable units to fill the gap in personnel health records that occur when soldiers and sailors are sent into the field.
Ocean Software said some of the benefits of its solution include its centralised procurement and electronic ordering, which lets the ADF consolidate its purchasing requirements and reduce costs. Ocean Software said the solution will also result in improved patient care because pharmacists can access patient information and complete medication history across multiple locations.
The Australian-based company also anticipates there will be less stock lost through gaps in the supply chain and product expiration.
Bruce Moors, general manager, Ocean Software explained that "the ADF delivers healthcare services to 80,000 personnel across multiple locations and with various healthcare needs."
"Providing the pharmaceutical and medical products they need, as well as maintaining complete, accurate, and up-to-date medical records is complex, and is made even more difficult by the fact that military personnel can access civilian healthcare channels as well," Moors said.
"The ADF will use PILS V3 to manage the ordering of pharmaceutical and medical supplies from Defence-preferred suppliers. The ADF will use the solution’s centralised catalogues and electronic ordering platform to centralise management, governance, and stock management. This will control procurement activities and ensure they’re within policy."
Pharmacist for RAAF Townsville Kathy Thomas was complimentary of the software, saying PILS "is an intuitive, flexible system that allows me to manage pharmaceutical medications and consumables right down to the tablet or dressing. The IT support is fast and efficient and customer needs are always a priority, while integration with FRED Dispense makes PILS a versatile tool to use in my everyday practice as a pharmacist."