Remodeling Aged Take care of the Future

This submit is authored by visitor contributor Professor Vishaal Kishore, the Government Chair of the Cisco-RMIT Well being Transformation Lab

The latest report of the Australian Royal Fee into Aged Care High quality and Security tells us two vital issues. First – one thing systemic is happening in aged care: the weather of the system are usually not working collectively to supply optimum outcomes. Second – the difficulty is one in every of respect: our system shouldn’t be treating people the best way that they should be handled.

Our problem is to discover a method to make the Australian aged care system concurrently extra related, and extra compassionate. And that is the place expertise has an important function to play – however the function is a posh one. Performed proper, expertise will be core to creating our system extra respectful. Performed poorly, expertise can merely contribute to creating a disrespectful system extra environment friendly at being disrespectful.

On the Health Transformation Lab, we – together with Cisco – got down to discover the profound function that expertise can play in reorienting our aged care techniques round connection and respect. However these of us who work in innovation within the care financial system know that phrases are usually not sufficient – so we set out not simply to jot down about why expertise can transform aged care, but in addition to display how. The tip result’s one thing of which all of us are deeply proud – in a number of brief months RMIT and Cisco had been in a position to demonstrate how expertise could possibly be used to enhance the expertise of individuals in aged care and likewise liberate a lot wanted time for workers to concentrate on their core function: delivering care.

Maybe most excitingly, these applied sciences all exist proper now – our activity is simply to rearrange them and deploy them in new and thrilling methods.

Within the coming months, the Well being Transformation Lab is trying to work with business companions, suppliers and others all in favour of doing one thing significant to enhance the lives of individuals receiving aged care providers in a large number of settings. Primarily based on our preliminary demonstrations I’m assured that authorities and the sector broadly will begin to perceive that expertise shouldn’t be one thing to be balanced towards ‘human-to-human’ care, however slightly the very factor that permits it.

To study extra about how the collaboration with Cisco combines analysis and expertise to handle key suggestions, learn our report on Transforming Aged Care.