This put up is authored by visitor contributor Professor Vishaal Kishore, the Govt Chair of the Cisco-RMIT Well being Transformation Lab
The current report of the Australian Royal Fee into Aged Care High quality and Security tells us two important issues. First – one thing systemic is happening in aged care: the weather of the system aren’t working collectively to provide optimum outcomes. Second – the problem is certainly one of respect: our system will not be treating people the best way that they should be handled.
Our problem is to discover a strategy to make the Australian aged care system concurrently extra related, and extra compassionate. And that is the place expertise has an important position to play – however the position is a fancy one. Performed proper, expertise might be core to creating our system extra respectful. Performed poorly, expertise 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 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 aren’t sufficient – so we set out not simply to put in writing about why expertise can transform 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 quick months RMIT and Cisco had been capable of demonstrate how expertise could possibly be used to enhance the expertise of individuals in aged care and likewise liberate 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 trying to work with trade companions, suppliers and others enthusiastic about doing one thing significant to enhance the lives of individuals receiving aged care companies 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 will not be one thing to be balanced in opposition to ‘human-to-human’ care, however slightly 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 Transforming Aged Care.