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 vital issues. First – one thing systemic is occurring in aged care: the weather of the system will not be working collectively to provide optimum outcomes. Second – the difficulty is certainly one of respect: our system just isn’t treating people the way in which that they must be handled.
Our problem is to discover a method to make the Australian aged care system concurrently extra linked, and extra compassionate. And that is the place expertise has an important position to play – however the position is a fancy one. Achieved proper, expertise could be core to creating our system extra respectful. Achieved 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 programs round connection and respect. However these of us who work in innovation within the care financial system know that phrases will not be sufficient – so we set out not simply to write down about why expertise can rework aged care, but in addition to exhibit 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 capable of exhibit how expertise may very well be used to enhance the expertise of individuals in aged care and in addition liberate a lot wanted time for employees to give attention to 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 trade companions, suppliers and others excited by 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 just isn’t one thing to be balanced towards ‘human-to-human’ care, however somewhat 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 Reworking Aged Care.