Panel to discuss eHealth and broadband at ITAC

A panel of experts will discuss how the National Broadband Network and initiatives such as the PCEHR can assist in delivering better aged care at the 5th annual Information Technology in Aged Care (ITAC) conference, being held in Melbourne on April 19 and 20.

"Smart technology for modern aged care" is the theme of the conference, which is aimed at understanding the importance of IT in establishing a sustainable, quality-focused aged care environment, with an emphasis on the fields of community care, medication management, assistive technologies and offsite information systems delivery.

Day two is of particular interest as it covers the promise both the National Broadband Network (NBN) and the personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) hold for the aged care sector.

Speakers in the NBN/PCEHR session include:

  • Sean Casey, broadband applications advisor with NBN Co, who will speak about building broadband for better care
  • Brett Harrison, head of technology delivery at Australian Unity Retirement Living, who will discuss how his company got more fibre in its communication diet through the NBN
  • Sharon McCarter, assistant secretary of the eHealth systems branch with the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA), who will discuss the government's health reform agenda
  • Leigh Donoghue, senior executive for health and the public sector with the PCEHR's infrastructure partner Accenture, who will describe how Accenture is delivering the PCEHR infrastructure
  • Rod Young, CEO of Aged Care Association Australia (ACAA), who will outline an aged care PCEHR project, and
  • Caroline Lee, chair of the Aged Care Industry Vendors Association (ACIVA), who will discuss aged care vendor enablement in the PCEHR.

Delegates will also be able to meet Charles and Sophie, two new aged care robots who have joined Matilda and Jack at La Trobe University's Research Centre for Computers, Communication and Social Innovation (RECCSI).

Other speakers include the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy, and the director of the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research at UNSW's Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Johanna Westbrook.

Greg Tegart of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences And Engineering (ATSE) will discuss how technology enables ageing-in-place; and Tracey Kennair of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) will outline PwC's view of the key challenges, opportunities and critical factors in developing a robust IT strategy for aged care.

Len Gray, the director of the Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Queensland, will discuss telehealth and smart technologies.

Streams at ITAC 2012 include smart technology case studies from providers, the adoption of smart technology in Australia, assistive technology uses for community and rural service provision, and telehealth and smart technology.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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