Technology and new approaches to the design and operation of healthcare to deliver services more effectively and efficiently is the theme of this year’s Australian Healthcare Week event, which for the first time includes a full day focused on aged care.

Chaired by Summit Care CEO Cynthia Payne, the aged care day features representatives from leading residential and community aged care organisations and aims to examine the changes needed in response to sector reforms.

A series of 15-minute technology roundtable discussions will help delegates understand existing technologies available for aged care service provision. Each discussion will be led by a conference speaker, who will facilitate the exchange of experiences and current challenges among delegates.

Roundtable discussion areas:

  • Developing the business case – funding options
  • Homecare assistive technologies – telehealth and telecare
  • Integration and deployment challenges
  • Understanding the existing technologies available for your aged care service provision
  • Developing your technology enabled workforce.

Roundtable facilitators include Shelly Fletcher, eHealth and primary care manager at Feros Care; Bruce Coller, CIO of Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home; and Glenn Payne, CIO of Feros Care.

Elsewhere in the aged care stream, industry presenters include:

  • Amana Living CEO Ray Glickman on new forms of aged care ‘warfare’ – consumer-direction, sector consolidation, uberfication, networked care delivery, care delivered via technology, and the integration of aged care within the health care system.
  • KinCare CEO Jason Howie on remaining competitive in a consumer-driven marketplace including the changes needed commenting with customers, business models and workforce.
  • CASE STUDY: RDNS executive general manager – brand and business development Dan Woods on the RDNS/RSL Care merger including the key challenges faced and the opportunities ahead.
  • ACH Group GM Jeff Fiebig on ViTA and the move away from traditional models of aged care to a restorative and teaching model.
  • BUPA Aged Care head of dementia services Margaret Ryan on creating environments that support people living with a diagnosis of dementia
  • CASE STUDY: Ozcare manager – construction and property, Sally Jago will review recently undertaken residential aged care refurbishments including the lessons learnt in aiming for efficient project completion and a smooth transition for all residents.

In addition to aged care, Australian Healthcare Week addresses healthcare infrastructure development, ICT management and procurement with more than 80 international and Australian healthcare thought leaders.

It takes place on 15 – 17 March at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney.

See Australian Healthcare Week for more information.

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