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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

30/09/2014: A unique aquacare software platform for improved fish health management

Novartis Animal Health Aqua (NAH Aqua) today announced the launch of aquacare, an innovative fish health management software to assist fish farmers continuously improve health management practices for the optimum balance of quality and profitability. aquacare represents a next generation service platform that will enable higher productivity in collection and management of health-related data, and improved decision-making. The software will begin rolling out to customers in a phased approach
  • Aquacare platform offers significant opportunities for improved health management tools, best practices and productivity for fish farmers
  • Developed in collaboration between NAH, a leader in fish health, and Ocea, a leader in fish farming software
  • Platform will provide real time, complete life-cycle healthcare information, increasing scope of NAH technical services resources

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Developed in collaboration with Ocea Mercatus, the aquacare tool combines the fish health expertise of NAH Aqua with the state-of-the-art farm software capability of Ocea. Combined, the two companies invested a total of $1.2 million to develop this pioneering tool which provides real time information and is a step forward towards improving healthcare best practices and the way technical services are delivered by NAH. NAH is a pioneer in fish healthcare systems with more than 10,000 farm visits logged by the technical services teams globally since 2002.

“Novartis Animal Health Aqua is pleased to bring the aquacare platform to our customers as part of our ongoing commitment to the industry,” said Matthias Hofer, Global Head of the NAH Aqua business. “Pulling from a global pool of data, aquacare will offer functionality and technology unlike anything else in the market, and increase the support NAH Aqua can provide to farmers.”

Aquacare is designed for global application so that farmers will be able to benchmark  their results across the salmonid-farming regions. The platform will ultimately link healthcare data to daily operations to provide complete life-cycle healthcare tracking, reporting and analysis, which are not available through other software systems. It will also incorporate follow-up, alert and reminder functions that help to ensure seamless service right through to harvest.

“What differentiates the platform is a very user-friendly interface design,” said Per Christian Engdal, Chief Technical Officer for Ocea Mercatus. “Combined with the analytical power and flexibility of the software, we see unique potential in aquacare and benefits for customers.”

NAH and Ocea will continue to develop the aquacare platform in response to farmers’ feedback and industry needs. Implementation of the first release will be managed directly by the NAH Aqua Technical Services professionals, working together with the customer. Future releases are already planned, including the launch of a customer portal and further analytic functionalities.

Aquacare is exclusively available through Novartis Animal Health, for both Ocea and non-Ocea software users. For further information about aquacare, please contact your local Novartis Animal Health Aqua representative.

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