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 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 problem is considered one of respect: our system isn’t treating people the best way that they should 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 expertise has an important function to play – however the function is a fancy one. Accomplished proper, expertise will be core to creating our system extra respectful. Accomplished 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 function that expertise 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 should not sufficient – so we set out not simply to write down about why expertise can remodel aged care, but additionally 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 capable of show how expertise might be used to enhance the expertise of individuals in aged care and in addition liberate a lot wanted time for workers 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 business companions, suppliers and others focused on doing one thing significant to enhance the lives of individuals receiving aged care providers in a mess of settings. Based mostly on our preliminary demonstrations I’m assured that authorities and the sector broadly will begin to perceive that expertise isn’t one thing to be balanced in opposition to ‘human-to-human’ care, however fairly the very factor that allows it.
To study extra about how the collaboration with Cisco combines analysis and expertise to deal with key suggestions, learn our report on Remodeling Aged Care.