This submit 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 important issues. First – one thing systemic is occurring 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 just isn’t treating people the way in which that they should be handled.
Our problem is to discover a technique to make the Australian aged care system concurrently extra related, and extra compassionate. And that is the place know-how has an important position to play – however the position is a posh one. Executed proper, know-how could be core to creating our system extra respectful. Executed 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 position 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 financial system know that phrases are usually not sufficient – so we set out not simply to jot down about why know-how can rework aged care, but additionally 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 display how know-how could possibly be used to enhance the expertise of individuals in aged care and in addition unencumber 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 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 business companions, suppliers and others involved in 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 just isn’t 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.