The sector’s technology council has partnered with Australia’s digital health peak body to support digital transformation in aged care.

The collaboration between the Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council and the Australasian Institute of Digital Health was formed following the 1 March release of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s final report.

The groups will explore strategies for the aged care sector to utilise the health care sector’s successes with digital health and health informatics.

The collaboration aims to workforce development, digital literacy, fostering a new digital culture, data use, interoperability and standards.

ACIITC chair Dr George Margelis said the partnership was an opportunity to identify how technology and innovation could improve the quality and safety of residential and community aged care services.

George Margelis

“Working with the institute will bring decades of digital health knowledge into the aged care field,” Dr Margelis said.

AIDH chief executive officer Dr Louise Schaper said it was time for the aged care sector to better utilise digital technology to minimise errors and reduce duplication.

“Quality and safety of care is driven by actionable information, and that requires digital health,” Dr Schaper said.

“The institute brings practical experience in building digital health workforce capability which will be vital in the aged care reform agenda,” she said.

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