Care Technology

Technology as a driving force for innovation in care.

Current adoption of technology in care models is often inhibited by low uptake of tools by carers.

Led by Professor James Boyd, our researchers are highlighting how the provision and uptake of responsible technology in Australian environments can enhance the work of care givers, reduce inefficiencies, and improve quality and safety of care systems and services.

Our priorities over the next year are to:

  • develop virtual care models looking at the expansion of telehealth and remote monitoring
  • understand how care platforms can streamline information, enhance communication, and reduce administrative burdens
  • investigate how clearer regulations and standards for the use of technology can improve patient safety and data integrity.

Our projects include

Professor Nilmini Wickramasinghe is leading a team to develop a prototype platform aimed at improving outcomes for individuals undergoing cardiac rehabilitation by increasing the traditionally low rates of completion and compliance. The project is focusing on developing at home rehabilitation resources that also allow patients to interface with a physician virtually.

Professor James Boyd’s research is trialing the use of augmented reality to bring doctors into aged care homes virtually. The benefits for residents would be profound as many regional homes struggle to secure in-person visits from doctors, and the technology would interact with remote monitoring devices to improve clinical consultations.

Senior Research Fellow Tshepo Rasekaba and Associate Professor Hanan Kalil are assessing the effectiveness of a digital oral medication dose administration aid in improving adherence amongst individuals managing chronic illness at home. The study will determine whether a user-friendly tool supports scheduling and triangulates user market testing feedback.

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