Transforming Aged Care for 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 essential 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 all respect: our system is just not treating people the best way that they should be handled.

Our problem is to discover a approach to make the Australian aged care system concurrently extra linked, and extra compassionate. And that is the place know-how has an important function to play – however the function is a fancy one. Accomplished proper, know-how will 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 function that know-how can play in reorienting our aged care programs round connection and respect. However these of us who work in innovation within the care economic system know that phrases are usually not sufficient – so we set out not simply to put in writing about why know-how can remodel aged care, but in addition to display how. The tip result’s one thing of which all of us are deeply proud – in just a few brief months RMIT and Cisco had been in a position to display how know-how might be used to enhance the expertise of individuals in aged care and likewise unlock a lot wanted time for employees to concentrate on their core function: 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 fascinated 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 is just not one thing to be balanced in opposition to ‘human-to-human’ care, however quite 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 Reworking Aged Care.

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