Telehealth in community aged care: sustainable models required

This story first appeared in the May 2014 issue of Pulse+IT Magazine.

The vast majority of older people want to remain independently in their own homes as they age, which has the benefit of being a cheaper option than institutionalised care. Technology is a means to support this end, but sustainable models for funding telehealth in the community aged care setting are required.

It is no secret that governments are spending more on health and aged care and costs are expected to continue to grow faster than the rest of the economy.

The 2010 Intergenerational Report was a wake-up call because it projected that by 2050, unless there are significant policy changes, we will be spending increasing and unsustainable amounts of our GDP on healthcare, putting pressure on the rest of the budget.

The demand for health and aged care is increasing as more of us will be older as a proportion of the population, but it is also a result of improved treatments, technology and services that people want to access to let them live longer and healthier lives.

The most expensive and complex services are those delivered in hospitals and institutions, such as nursing homes, and whilst it is reassuring that this professional care is accessible when needed, we avoid going there if we can, and older people are no exception.

To read the full story, click here for the May 2014 issue of Pulse+IT Magazine.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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