Aged care industry to launch its vision for ICT

The Aged Care Industry IT Council (ACIITC) and Accenture will launch a joint initiative in Canberra next week that will outline the assistance the government can provide to the industry to help plan and develop its technology capability.

Called the Aged Care IT Vision, the initiative aims to ensure ICT is fully developed and implemented across aged care services.

The ACIITC, which was formed six years ago by peak bodies Aged & Community Services Australia and Leading Age Services Australia, representing not-for-profit and private aged care providers respectively, said in a statement that the initiative was a “critical and cost-effective step” in ensuring that aged care providers are able to meet the care demands of an increasing population of older Australians.

It said health professionals such as GPs and pharmacists have benefited from government support to improve their ICT services, and the benefits in aged care were considerable.

It aims to encourage aged care providers and governments to expand their use of ICT, and has identified a number of key areas to be prioritised. These include eHealth and the PCEHR, telehealth and mobility, care management, management information and reporting, and core technology and support.

ACIITC has also issued a call for papers for the Information Technology in Aged Conference (ITAC), which this year is being held in Hobart on July 22 and 23. ITAC 2014 will focus on assistive technologies.

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