Transforming Aged Care for 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 should not working collectively to provide optimum outcomes. Second – the difficulty is one in all respect: our system shouldn’t be treating people the way in which that they must 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 know-how has a vital function to play – however the function is a posh one. Completed proper, know-how will be core to creating our system extra respectful. Completed poorly, know-how 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 know-how 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 should not sufficient – so we set out not simply to put in writing about why know-how can transform aged care, but additionally 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 know-how may very well be used to enhance the expertise of individuals in aged care and likewise unlock a lot wanted time for employees to give attention to 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 seeking to work with trade companions, suppliers and others excited by doing one thing significant to enhance the lives of individuals receiving aged care companies in a mess of settings. Primarily based on our preliminary demonstrations I’m assured that authorities and the sector broadly will begin to perceive that know-how shouldn’t be one thing to be balanced towards ‘human-to-human’ care, however somewhat the very factor that allows it.

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


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