The use of digital technology will play an increasingly larger role in health care provision in the future particularly in remote areas. Technology can be used to:
- Empower patients and reduce demand across the system.
- Deliver services more effectively and efficiently in the right place at the right time.
- Enable Health Professionals to interact more effectively and efficiently within the system.
The Digital Health Institute as part of NCRRM aims to bring the best of what is going on locally, regionally, nationally and internationally to remote and rural healthcare systems. Telehealth, Telecare, Remote Monitoring, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, the use of Applications and Technology for Self-Care offer unprecedented potential for patients and providers in remote healthcare systems. Providing health and care services in remote and rural areas will increasingly depend on harnessing the power of technology.
The Digital Health institute will be a hub, connecting people, supporting initiatives and developing networks of interest. We will provide a test bed site for new innovative ways of delivering healthcare and supporting healthy living. We provide a bridge between leading edge research and the practical application of technology. Through the links we are building to sources of ideas and expertise globally, we will assist health providers in rural settings in having access to knowledge and best-practice. This will benefit healthcare providers and patients in remote and rural areas.
We also recognise the implementing of technology is as much a social and cultural issue as it is a technical one. We will work with partners to help develop the leadership awareness, capacity and capability across all layers of the healthcare system. We will help the healthcare system raise the digital skills of its existing and potential employees to create a digital health ready workforce that is equipped to work in the digitally literate healthcare organisations of the 21st Century.