One of the most significant developments to come out of the Australian Government’s 10-year plan for aged care reforms has been the introduction of Consumer Directed Care (CDC). In summary, CDC gives consumers greater control and flexibility over their own lives by allowing them to make choices about the types of care and services they receive.
While, CDC represents a progressive step forward in empowering the consumer, the detail of exactly how the program will operate in a practical sense also represents a fundamental change for many home care providers. Here, we explore some of those key considerations.
Senior executives from Melbourne’s aged care community have turned up in full force for Deloitte and iCareHealth’s first-ever aged care roundtable lunch, to discuss the implications of the 10-year plan for aged care reform ‘Living Longer Living Better’, under the Coalition Government. In this post, we review some of the key issues and concerns that were raised throughout the informative discussion.
Throughout the month of October, our team travelled to all states in Australia to host the iCareHealth User Groups. The uptake was overwhelming, with more than 200 clients gathering to collaborate at this year’s user groups.
We believe there is a great opportunity for the aged care sector, industry and government to collaborate in order achieve a deeper understanding of the sector’s needs, articulate those requirements, and importantly, prepare to adapt to the changes that will redefine the aged care landscape.
Speaking at the Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) National Conference in Melbourne earlier this month, former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett delivered a convincing argument on how the industry must unite in preparing to support a growing “experienced” population. Here, we report on some of the key insights that were covered on this topic.
Improving the management of medicines within aged care is a national safety and quality priority. Beyond the obvious risks associated with non-compliance, medication-related errors have the potential to increase the risks to patient safety and at worst, contribute to more serious consequences. The good news is, the majority of medication errors are preventable.
In this post, we explore the ways electronic medication management is helping to support pharmacists to prescribe accurately, care and nursing staff to administer correctly, and ensure residents takes medications safely.
According to the latest study, the world is ageing so fast that many countries are not prepared for the significant impact of the demographic changes.
While there is no single solution that can solve all the challenges that we’re facing as a country, we expect advances in technology to be the key enabler in helping to identify and meet the needs of a population that is ageing faster than ever before.
Patients will soon be able to have pathology and diagnostic imaging results added to their eHealth records, while an additional $10 million investment will allow advance care plans to be added to the PCEHR. These were two of the key announcements presented by Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek at this week’s Health Informatics Conference. Read more details about the announcements as well the key excerpt’s from the Minister’s presentation here.
A perfect storm is on the horizon. An ageing population, driven by the baby boomer generation – the 5.5 million people born between 1946 and 1965 – is about to put unprecedented pressures on Australia’s already overburdened health and aged care system.
There is a clear imperative to drive the uptake of technology in the health and aged care sector to ensure care providers can effectively manage spiralling financial costs, increasingly limited resources and other market challenges of the future.
Since July last year, over 85,000 Australians have registered for their own personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR). As the uptake of the PCEHR system gains momentum, we’ve created a simple checklist to help aged care providers prepare.