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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Aged Care Seems To Be Starting To Move On The Technology Front. A Good Thing I Suspect

This press release appeared last week:
13 June 2017

Aged care Technology Roadmap to support consumer choice and control

The Technology Roadmap for Aged Care in Australia released today by the Aged Care Industry Technology Council (ACIITC) recognises the need for technology to underpin the delivery of aged care services and ensure independence, choice and control for consumers.
Prepared by the Flinders University Medical Device Research Institute on behalf of ACIITC, the report acknowledges three issues: population ageing that has never been experienced at the same level; the rapid development of new technologies; and, reform of the aged care sector that fundamentally changes the way in which older Australians will be supported.
The Technology Roadmap will ensure older people are able to remain independent for longer with choice and control over their support services. It highlights issues such as:
  • ¬ Further reform depending on consumers being able to use technology in order to maintain independent lives or access services.
  • ¬ Increasing consumer choice and control depending on engaging consumers in decision-making with aged care service providers.
  • ¬ Aged care organisations will need to uptake IT in the provision of care.
  • ¬ The aged care workforce will need to upskill its technology literacy.
“The aged care industry is in an era of unprecedented change. The convergence of current aged care reforms, business model transformation and technological disruption is reshaping multiple areas of the aged care industry. Consumers are at the centre of these changes and the Australian aged care industry is embracing this change,” ACIITC Chair Glenn Bunney said.
“Following the release of the Aged Care Sector Committee’s Aged Care Roadmap, ACIITC was interested in exploring the contribution technological interventions could make to realising the Aged Care Roadmap’s vision for a sustainable and robust aged care industry.
“It is hoped that the insights from this research will help policy makers evaluate the benefits of embracing technology as well as provide guidance and information for aged care providers seeking to embed appropriate technology in all aspects of their operations.
“The Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council trusts this work will assist in enhancing the positioning of the Australian aged care industry for a vibrant and sustainable future. Further it is hoped that this work will stimulate continued research, evidence gathering, and the deployment of practical demonstration projects designed to explore how greater innovation and technological uptake will help to improve the quality of the aged care industry in Australia.”
The Technology Roadmap for Aged Care in Australia is available at this link:  2017 ACIITC Roadmap
Here is the link to the release:
There is coverage of the Ministerial Announcement of this roadmap is found here:
The report and literature review(s) are well worth downloading.
My scan of the work has left me with a positive impression (claiming no real Aged Care expertise) - with the report delivering a really useful breadth and depth of the issues around all sorts of technology use in the Aged Care Sector.
Coverage areas include  - Robotics, General ITC ,  Sensor technology, Telemedicine, Medication dispensers and Video games and their relevance to Aged Care.
Enjoy reading a properly structured collection of evidence to support the plans. I hope we see a similar effort when the ADHA finally releases its strategy.


Anonymous said...

First impressions - a set of nice documents that do not bombard and distract the reader with quote boxes, zippy and pointless marketing crap and self indulgence. This is something of value, there will ways be aspects one can quibble about but overall it is exactly what is says on the tin and can be used to form cohesive and strategically led work. I hope the ADHA has not fallen for the Spinatragy approach that looks more like a hello magazine than a corporate/government document of context and content.

Anonymous said...

June 21, 7:22PM. Prepare to be disappointed then.