Map connects aged care data strategies

The resource identifies solutions for advancing data initiatives.

The Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre has mapped recent digital health and aged care strategies to understand how they fit together and ultimately advance the digital transformation of the aged care sector.

Published in a 12-page downloadable booklet, the Aged Care Data: Explainer was launched at the Innovation Technology Across Care conference on the Gold Coast last week. It looks at strategies released since 2023 and how they relate (as pictured below), and identifies the gaps and solutions for advancing data initiatives the aged care royal commission called for.

Written by DHCRC director Isobel Frean, the explainer aims “to highlight that data and digital reforms in aged care cannot take place in isolation of the digital health reforms in play today.”

Speaking to Australian Ageing Agenda on the sidelines of the conference following the launch, DHCRC chief executive officer Annette Schmiede stressed this point. “If it doesn’t all come together and get coordinated, we’re not going to get the value and the benefits that we all are expecting out of it,” Ms Schmiede told AAA.

Aged Care Data: Explainer is “essential” reading for aged care providers, said Ms Schmiede. In this video she discusses the resource, the issues it highlights – such as poor interoperability – and policy changes needed, including clear decisions on aged care data sets.

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Tags: Aged Care Data Explainer, Annette Schmiede, data standards, Digital Health CRC,

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