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“It provides one point of access for all data, based on an application that sits on the web and connects to the Mediaflux server, so data can be accessed from anywhere,” Mr Lohrey said.

Arcitecta is currently in the early stages of building the product to the CRC for Mental Health’s specifications for delivery and implementation within 12 months.

It will be promoted through the CRC for Mental Health consortium and its global alliance with high performance computing firm SGI and tested in multiple clinical settings.

CSIRO investigates the digitally enabled health system of the future CSIRO has released a report on how digital technologies can help solve some of the most pressing issues facing the healthcare system, forecasting that technologies that are in their infancy today will become the norm in the next decade or so. Written by researchers from CSIRO’s Digital Productivity and Services flagship, The Digitally-enabled Health System report looks at how the Australian health system can reduce costs and deliver quality care through the use of digital technology. The report canvasses several technologies that CSIRO is currently working on, including the use of telehealth for rural healthcare delivery, predictive modelling technologies that are currently in use for patient flow forecasting in hospitals but can be extended to the community, and using the vast amounts of clinical data already collected in more meaningful and effective ways.

Lead author Sarah Dods said the organisation was looking at how the tools of the digital economy can make a difference in health service delivery in three different areas. These include increasing access to services, particularly in rural and remote areas, through the use of broadband and mobile communications; increasing productivity in health service delivery by using demand forecasting and scheduling tools such as its Patient Admission Prediction Tool (PAPT) ; and developing tools to improve clinical data quality through finding better ways to share and access patient information. Dr Dods said nationally available broadband that offers reliable, high speed connections across the country opens up some really good possibilities in rural health, particularly in terms of delivering services to remote clinicians. “Are there ways that we can help rural clinicians

be trained so you can train them in place without them missing out on special opportunities?” she said. This is an active area of research for CSIRO, particularly around wearable computer technologies. While it is in its very early scoping phase, Dr Dods said CSIRO is looking at how it could repurpose existing technology it developed for the mining industry to remotely guide healthcare workers in the clinic. This involves a gesturebased, virtual reality device that engineers use to show remote mine workers how to use complex equipment. “We are also looking at technology we developed to help kids around Australia experience the Australian National Museum remotely. We want to use that to help interns, for example, in rural areas to take part in city hospital rounds. That’s very much a concept as well but it’s a funky piece of technology and it’s out there.”

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