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Transforming Aged Care for the Future

This publish is authored by visitor contributor Professor Vishaal Kishore, the Govt 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 crucial issues. First – one thing systemic is happening in aged care: the weather of the system should not working collectively to supply optimum outcomes. Second – the difficulty is one in every of respect: our system isn’t treating people the best way that they must be handled.

Our problem is to discover a strategy to make the Australian aged care system concurrently extra related, and extra compassionate. And that is the place know-how has a vital position to play – however the position is a fancy one. Accomplished proper, know-how could be core to creating our system extra respectful. Accomplished poorly, know-how can merely contribute to creating a disrespectful system extra environment friendly at being disrespectful.

On the Well being Transformation Lab, we – together with Cisco – got down to discover the profound position that know-how can play in reorienting our aged care methods 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 jot down about why know-how can rework aged care, but in addition to show how. The tip result’s one thing of which all of us are deeply proud – in a couple of brief months RMIT and Cisco had been in a position to show how know-how may very well be used to enhance the expertise of individuals in aged care and likewise liberate a lot wanted time for workers to deal with their core position: delivering care.

Maybe most excitingly, these applied sciences all exist proper now – our job 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 about doing one thing significant to enhance the lives of individuals receiving aged care providers 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 isn’t one thing to be balanced in opposition to ‘human-to-human’ care, however moderately the very factor that permits it.

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

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