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Boosting digital health use in aged care

August 31, 2022

Digital health tools in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) can significantly improve the experiences of both staff and residents. GPs can also benefit with easier access via telehealth to patients who reside in an RACF.

PHNs across Australia have received Australian Government funding in response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety to uplift digital health use in RACFs.

To support the allocation of this funding across the region, the PHN is undertaking consultations with participating RACFs. The consultations are helping RACFs to identify how they can uplift their use of digital health technology, and identify what resources are required to achieve this uplift.

Local RACF managers have been highly supportive and engaged with the process.

“It is fantastic to have the support of the PHN, and we are grateful for their interest in our facility,” said St Vincent's Care Services Toowoomba Facility Manager, Elzette Lategan.

Following the consultation, each RACF receives a comprehensive report that will enable them to apply for the upcoming funding. So far, opportunities for uplift have been additional iPads, TVs, speakers, and headphones, staff training, new policies, and patient/family support.

The consultations are expected to continue for several months with grant funding to be allocated in the new year.

Click here for more information about the PHN’s role in supporting digital health adoption across the region.