Reworking Aged Look after the Future

This submit 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 occurring in aged care: the weather of the system will not be working collectively to provide optimum outcomes. Second – the problem is one in every of respect: our system just isn’t treating people the best way that they should be handled.

Our problem is to discover a option to make the Australian aged care system concurrently extra linked, and extra compassionate. And that is the place know-how has a vital position to play – however the position is a fancy 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 position 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 will not be sufficient – so we set out not simply to jot down about why know-how can transform aged care, but additionally to exhibit how. The top result’s one thing of which all of us are deeply proud – in a number of brief months RMIT and Cisco had been capable of demonstrate how know-how might be used to enhance the expertise of individuals in aged care and likewise unlock a lot wanted time for workers to give attention to their core position: delivering care.

Maybe most excitingly, these applied sciences all exist proper now – our process 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 business companions, suppliers and others curious about doing one thing significant to enhance the lives of individuals receiving aged care companies 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 know-how just isn’t one thing to be balanced in opposition to ‘human-to-human’ care, however reasonably the very factor that allows it.

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