Enhancing healthcare through technology – reducing hospital admission and supporting care in smart home environments

Soar, Jeffrey (2007) Enhancing healthcare through technology – reducing hospital admission and supporting care in smart home environments. In: 2007 International Conference on ICT in Teaching and Learning - Symposium on Enhancing Healthcare Education, Research & Practice Through Technology, 9-10 July 2007, Hong Kong.


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[Abstract]: Ageing of populations and its attendant challenges will be a major international concern for the coming decades. There are issues of support for increasing numbers of people retiring from the workforce as well as impacts on healthcare services. Other challenges include maintaining the workforce participation of older workers, supporting family carers of the frail elderly as well as addressing the shortages of informal and professional carers. The expectations of ageing Babyboomers are likely to be different to those of more-stoic previous generation and there will be a need for social and policy changes to support demands for independence and consumer-driven care.

There is particular interest in technology to assist countries in meeting these challenges. Technology is expected to enhance productive lives, support independent living, reduce avoidable hospital admissions and facilitate care to be delivered according to consumer preferences for place and time, and increasingly in the home. In the USA, the UK and Europe governments are passing legislation and providing major incentives to facilitate the large scale adoption of telehealth assistive technologies. In the USA the Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) was established in 2003 to lead the national charge to develop and deploy emerging technologies that can improve the ageing experience in America. A complimentary centre TRIL (Technology Research for Independent Living) has recently been opened in Ireland. In Australia a consortium has been established to build a similar centre beginning with the Queensland Smart Home Initiative that opened its first unit in April 2007.

There are a number of projects around the world aimed at diverting people from hospital admission and others that provide technologies to support home delivery of care. This presentation will discuss a hospital avoidance project, a Smart Home initiative and a project to facilitate productive ageing. This will include a discussion of new and emerging innovative technologies and their impacts that will provide an indication of how health and aged care will be transformed through technology.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2008 05:30
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: healthcare; technology; hospital admissions; Queensland Smart Home Initiative
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080609 Information Systems Management
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3798

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