This publish 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 happening in aged care: the weather of the system aren’t working collectively to supply optimum outcomes. Second – the difficulty is one among respect: our system will not be treating people the way in which that they must be handled.
Our problem is to discover a approach to make the Australian aged care system concurrently extra related, 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 might 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 Health Transformation Lab, we – together with Cisco – got down to discover the profound function that know-how 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 know-how can transform aged care, but additionally to exhibit how. The top result’s one thing of which all of us are deeply proud – in just a few brief months RMIT and Cisco had been in a position to demonstrate 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 workers to concentrate on their core function: 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 seeking to work with trade companions, suppliers and others taken with 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 in opposition to ‘human-to-human’ care, however slightly the very factor that allows it.
To be taught extra about how the collaboration with Cisco combines analysis and know-how to deal with key suggestions, learn our report on Transforming Aged Care.