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Aegis cloud platform adopted by WA aged care facility

Perth aged care provider Aegis Aged Care Group has adopted the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform to support its five-year growth strategy.

Aegis says adoption of the Nutanix platform will support its 50% growth strategy and also give the group the IT capability to enable new computer software initiatives in the provision of premium care to its existing 2,500 residents.

According to Sebastian Klaus, senior ICT services consultant, Aegis has more than doubled the size of its business over the past seven years, driven by a shortage in available aged care beds and the impact of Western Australia’s ageing population.

Aegis says health policy analyst Martyn Goddard recently stated that 868 more acute hospital beds are needed to match other states in Australia and the company is looking to replicate this growth over the next five years.

“It’s important that our IT environment can scale with us. The modular nature of Nutanix ensures we can scale easily, node by node. This — along with the simple one-click management — was a huge selling point for us. We had the whole environment up and running in just 40 minutes.”

Klaus says Aegis has a small IT team of just three, so another key consideration in deploying Nutanix was its ability to run all applications, including its Resident Care management system, with very little input from the team, freeing them up to focus on more important matters such as implementing electronic systems for other departments.

Privately-owned, Aegis is the largest provider of residential aged care services in Western Australia and employs more than 3000 staff across 28 facilities.  

Matt Young, senior vice-president and head of Asia Pacific and Japan at Nutanix, says the Aegis platform has also given time back to administration staff within Aegis and the increase in performance has sped up the invoicing process considerably, meaning admin staff spend less time dealing with paperwork and more time looking after residents.

And Young says the physical size of the data centre has also been reduced by around 70%.

“The aged care sector has experienced incredible transformation through technology,” he said.

“What started as an advent for going paperless has evolved into wearables, smart sensors and a host of other developments that can improve resident care and safety.

“The simple truth is that legacy datacentres aren’t equipped to manage this. Implementing an enterprise cloud solution allows Aegis to leverage technology with the comfort that their IT infrastructure can scale up and meet the new demands that come with it.”

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