eHealth and ageing well at ACI 2014

The contribution of eHealth to ageing well is the theme of this year's Aged Care Informatics (ACI) conference, being held in association with HIC 2014 in Melbourne in August.

Key speakers include Gavin Andrews, professor of psychiatry at the University of NSW and St Vincent's Hospital, who will review the evidence of increased mortality and morbidity when people with chronic physical disease have co-morbid depression and anxiety disorders.

Professor Andrews will illustrate an internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy program for depression and anxiety management.

The director of the Australian Health Workforce Institute at the University of Melbourne, Peter Brooks, will cover the potential for health workforce reform in aged care through technology.

iCareHealth MD Chris Gray will present findings about the benefits of connecting to the PCEHR in improving health outcomes, Alzheimer’s Australia's Tanya Petrovich will showcase the use of gaming technology, and a representative from RDNS will provide insight into current innovation projects including the use of telehealth.

A spokesperson for HISA's aged care special interest group (SIG), which is organising the ACI conference, said information management is vital for continuity of care and risk management for aged care.

“To improve information management, many aged care services in Australia have introduced various information technologies to manage care services, such as electronic nursing records,” the spokesperson said.

“However, the benefits of these systems are yet to be validated. More information is needed about what technologies are available to aged care, how to get these technologies to work effectively, and how to manage risks associated with technology introduction.”

Registration for the conference, which is being held on August 13, is now open. The full HIC program runs from August 11 to 14.

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