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Australia takes the initiative to improve digital health in the home for aged care

A report comes up with insights into how the older population of the country perceives the health technologies in their homes.

The Global Centre for Modern Ageing came up with the publication of its reports based on the concern for the country’s older population. They are thinking of implementing and integrating health technologies in their homes. 

With their partnership with Google Chrome Enterprise, the report is having the title dedicated to digital health in the home. It includes the challenges and the opportunities for the healthcare industry of the country.

It is coming with the suggestion that coordinates its effort with the reskilling of the industry’s workforce. Also, they are thinking of validating and shedding light on the most suitable technologies. At the same time, they are also focusing on the design models for care that will not compromise with the quality care.

Based on the interviews with the 32 participants, it is including the community members, aged care providers, and clinicians. All of them have different priorities in their provision for digital healthcare. But all of them agree with better health outcomes with more proactive, predictive, and preventive healthcare.

To encourage the use of the digitized model of care, quality care must remain at the top of the priority. Technologies are for enhancing, supplementing, and improving the healthcare provision, which is essential for widespread uptake.

As per the reports, 14% of aged care providers are using the fully integrated software system. Less than half of those surveys are saying that they use any smart home technology. Meanwhile, many providers are having no digital literacy criteria in the recruitment.

Hence they are focusing on various areas to identify the opportunities. However, there are still some barriers to digital health adoption. It also needs resolve across all the settings. It includes poor digital literacy, lack of data, lack of trust, interoperability, lack of tech knowledge, and legacy IT systems.

The Australian government has set aside A$17.7 billion for aged care. Australia records around 1.3 million citizens who are accessing aged care services.