The aged care sector’s technology peak body will launch a report next week detailing the findings of its Commonwealth-funded research assessing the digital maturity of the aged care industry.

The Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council’s Capabilities in Aged and Community Care Readiness an Evaluation of Innovation and Technology (CARE-IT) project involved a survey of 421 aged and community care industry service providers and software vendors.

Richard Colbeck

Minister for Aged Care Richard Colbeck will launch the final report during a webinar event next Thursday.

The project aimed to assess the innovation and technology capabilities and readiness of the aged  care sector. It focused on the areas of business support and administration, reporting and online access to government, and surveillance and monitoring.

Preliminary results on cyber security were released at an ACIITC forum in August.

According to those findings, less than a quarter of aged care industry organisations are providing workers cyber security training and support (22 per cent) and just over half of survey respondents have cyber security insurance (53 per cent).

The project also identified an overwhelming number of new vendors in the aged care market, with the ACIITC reporting it was inundated with meeting requests from these organisations (read more here).

The ACIITC said the findings of the CARE-IT project will inform future funding and investment strategies, benchmark the sector’s technology and innovation capability, and build on the 2017 Technology Roadmap for Aged Care

The CARE-IT report will be launched on 26 November at 10:00pm AEDT. Register here.

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