This put up 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 problem is one in every of respect: our system just isn’t treating people the best way that they must be handled.
Our problem is to discover a option to make the Australian aged care system concurrently extra related, and extra compassionate. And that is the place expertise has a vital position to play – however the position is a fancy one. Carried out proper, expertise might be core to creating our system extra respectful. Carried out poorly, expertise 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 expertise can play in reorienting our aged care techniques 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 jot down about why expertise can remodel aged care, but additionally to exhibit 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 exhibit how expertise could possibly be used to enhance the expertise of individuals in aged care and likewise release a lot wanted time for employees to concentrate on their core position: 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 mess of settings. Primarily based on our preliminary demonstrations I’m assured that authorities and the sector broadly will begin to perceive that expertise just isn’t one thing to be balanced towards ‘human-to-human’ care, however moderately the very factor that allows it.
To study extra about how the collaboration with Cisco combines analysis and expertise to handle key suggestions, learn our report on Remodeling Aged Care.