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 essential issues. First – one thing systemic is occurring in aged care: the weather of the system aren’t working collectively to provide optimum outcomes. Second – the difficulty is one in all respect: our system will not be treating people the best way that they must be handled.
Our problem is to discover a approach to make the Australian aged care system concurrently extra linked, and extra compassionate. And that is the place know-how has an important function to play – however the function is a posh one. Achieved proper, know-how will be core to creating our system extra respectful. Achieved 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 function that know-how can play in reorienting our aged care methods round connection and respect. However these of us who work in innovation within the care financial system know that phrases aren’t sufficient – so we set out not simply to put in writing about why know-how can remodel aged care, but in addition to reveal how. The top 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 reveal how know-how may very well be used to enhance the expertise of individuals in aged care and in addition release a lot wanted time for employees to concentrate on 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 trying to work with trade companions, suppliers and others eager 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 know-how will not be one thing to be balanced towards ‘human-to-human’ care, however fairly the very factor that permits 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.