Innovative technologies such as Big Data and wearables will have a key role to play in aged care, according to retirement living provider, Aveo. In an interview with Australian Ageing Agenda, General Manager, Jason Eldering, said these technologies provide better and more accurate information about care needs, and should be considered by providers.
“Big data and wearables are where the future is going to lie,” he said. “Not only to get better health outcomes, but to also promote wellness.”
Wearables have the potential to help aged care facilities understand their residents by monitoring how much they are moving. Big Data would also play a big role by interfacing with wearables that monitored activity and vital signs.
The information from wearables would then be used by Big Data systems to make informed decisions about the health of the resident and alert medical professionals when needed. “We need to move away from a clinical-based model to a wellness and enablement model,” Eldering said.
Start the journey early
Aveo is an aged care provider that is already evaluating wearables and Big Data, with Eldering highlighting the latter as a particular focus for the facility. “We keep looking at that and saying what it means for our business and residents,” he said.
Larger facilities may have the internal resources to already start looking at those technologies, but Eldering said smaller providers can turn to a trusted technology partner or advisor to achieve the same goal. “It is trying to get the bite size pieces for smaller providers and identifying what can be done today, then taking it and making it work,” he said.
With a growing need for consumer directed care in the aged care sector, Eldering said facilities would benefit from looking into these new technologies sooner rather than later. “[Providers] really need to invest in this innovation space … and to look at a research and development component within their business and resource it appropriately,” he said.
Setting the right foundation
In order to support cutting edge technologies such as wearables and Big Data, aged and healthcare facilities need fast and reliable technology infrastructure. BTAS Connect can bring fast fibre-powered WAN and Internet powered to your village, while BTAS Network is end-to-end network management for peace of mind.
Symmetric connectivity of BTAS Connect means uploads are equally fast as downloads, so you’ll be able to add high quality content to the Cloud within minutes. High speed broadband also means you do not need to worry about the reliability of your file transfers or the availability of the Internet.
BTAS Network is designed to not only manage your network, but also secure it. Our Network Operations Centre (NOC) will proactively monitor your network, ensuring you remained focused on running your village and not distracted by the running of technology.