A digitally-enabled health system – CSIRO – 26 March 2014

Posted on March 27, 2014. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: |

A digitally-enabled health system – CSIRO – 26 March 2014

“What will our healthcare system look like, once the full potential of the digital era is harnessed?

Australia’s health system faces significant challenges including rising costs, an aging population, a rise in chronic diseases and fewer rural health workers. Treasury estimates even suggest that at current rates of growth, and without significant change, health expenditure will exceed the entire state and local government tax base by 2043. We need to look at new ways to make the health system work smarter. Digital technologies and health service innovation promise that.

This report A Digitally-enabled Health System looks at how the Australian health system can reduce costs and deliver quality care.

Some of the technology identified in the report includes telepresence robots taking rural health workers on city rounds, wireless ID wristbands monitoring patients in real time, mobile health apps assisting with at-home rehab and smart software that knows what patients will be turning up to emergency departments, 6-12 months in advance.

This report outlines the major issues currently faced by Australian healthcare, and the digital remedies that could move our healthcare system forward.”

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