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 are usually not working collectively to supply optimum outcomes. Second – the problem is considered one 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 linked, and extra compassionate. And that is the place expertise has a vital position to play – however the position is a posh one. Accomplished proper, expertise could 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 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 financial system know that phrases are usually not sufficient – so we set out not simply to put in writing 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 number of quick months RMIT and Cisco had been in a position to show how expertise might be used to enhance the expertise of individuals in aged care and in addition unlock a lot wanted time for workers to concentrate on 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 trying to work with trade companions, suppliers and others eager about doing one thing significant to enhance the lives of individuals receiving aged care providers in a large number of settings. Based mostly 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 slightly the very factor that permits 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.