Long-serving aged care CEO Glenn Bunney has been inducted into aged care’s technology hall of fame at this week’s Information and Technology in Aged Care Conference on the Gold Coast.
Mr Bunney, who has been CEO of Queensland provider Sundale for 20 years, was congratulated for his use of and support for technology in the pursuit of delivering better services to Australia’s seniors at ITAC’s awards ceremony on Tuesday evening.
Mr Bunney is current chair of the Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council.
Sundale is a community-based charitable organisation providing in-home and residential aged care, rehabilitation services, retirement living, affordable housing and childcare on the state’s Sunshine Coast.
Mr Bunney is a former president of state peak body Aged Care Queensland and national peak Aged & Community Services Australia and a founding director of Eden in Oz.
He was also directly involved in the creation of fellow national peak Leading Age Services Australia and has served on LASA’s Queensland and national boards since their inception.
During his acceptance speech Mr Bunney asked how many clients would remain with their existing provider if they had the power to move their residential package to where they wanted.
He challenged his aged care colleagues to use technology and artificial intelligence to make their service one their clients would choose to stay with and take up.
Elsewhere among the awards presented, Konnekt won in the best consumer-friendly product or system deployment category for its easy-to-use Konnekt Videophone.
The videophone for seniors features a simple one touch call process and requires no computer skills of users. It can connect face-to-face to any tablet, mobile, PC or other videophone via Skype as well as call telephones.
Dementia Australia, the consumer peak body previously known as Alzheimer’s Australia, won in the best aged care software development and/or deployment category for its aged care education program.
The initiative uses virtual reality to allow aged care workers to experience firsthand how their clients with dementia see the world they live in.
In the best workforce efficiency or quality improvement solution category, Sandwai took home the award for Sandwai Home & Community Care Software.
For this category, Illuminance Solutions received a high commendation for AvantCare, its client information system platform for community services providers, as did MiCare for its deployment of robotic carts (read more about MiCare here).
NSW provider IRT Group won for the best solution that provides ongoing consumer independence for its IRT Connect program.
NCIS Group took out the prize for the best application of business intelligence to leverage value from big data for the business intelligence IT infrastructure installation at Anglicare.
The were no submissions received in the best initiative as voted for by consumers category.
Australian Ageing Agenda is a media partner for ITAC.
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