Case study

17Nov 2017
A flowchart shows the progression from data acquisition to cartilage biochemical properties

Musculoskeletal Segmentation In 2001, 6.1 million Australians (32%) had long-term arthritis or a musculoskeletal disorder with almost 1.2 million reporting an associated disability (Bhatia 2005). Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis affecting nearly 1.4 million Australians and a major cause of chronic pain and disability (Bhatia 2005). This chronic joint disease is […]

17Nov 2017
A suited man interacts with an eye scanner focussed on a lady's eye

The challenge: Access to eye screening is needed in remote communities Left undiagnosed and untreated, eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy can lead to vision loss or total blindness. For patients suffering from these diseases, losing some or all of their eyesight can severely restrict mobility which has flow-on effects to their overall health and quality […]

17Nov 2017
A hand holds a phone displaying a heart image

The challenge: Uptake of cardiac rehab is poor Health services in the home and community are seen globally as a key to tackling the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases. In the case of heart disease, cardiac rehabilitation programs have been effective in preventing the recurrence of cardiac events and reducing re-admissions. These six-week programs traditionally take […]

17Nov 2017
A gloved hand interacts with a screen showing a heartbeat

The challenge: Delivering healthcare to an ageing population As we grow older, our health becomes more fragile, can decline quickly and the risk of falls and related injuries increases. Certain day-to-day activities can become difficult, and certain appliances and furniture around the home can pose a safety risk. With an ageing population and Australia’s health […]

17Nov 2017
Clinician showing a patient how to use the home monitoring system.

The challenge: The cost of delivering healthcare is increasing Managing the rising cost of delivering healthcare is a major challenge for Australia. Targeting health services to assist the chronically ill and ageing population – which accounted for over 70 per cent of Australia’s $103.6 billion health expenditure during 2007-2008 – can help to reduce the […]

17Nov 2017
A smiling woman in front of a computer screen

The challenge: Adopting the international standard for healthcare data Electronic management of health information promises safer, more efficient and better quality healthcare. However, different health records often use various terms to describe the same medical concept. This creates a major stumbling block when it comes to integrating this data electronically. Australia has joined many other […]

16Nov 2017
A red sign with the word Emergency in big white letters

The challenge: Emergency wards are overcrowded Emergency departments are increasingly overcrowded and can struggle to respond to day-to-day arrivals in a timely manner. Most hospitals would currently have difficulty meeting the four-hour National Emergency Access Target set by the Australian Government in its 2012 MyHospitals report. Contrary to conventional wisdom that emergency patient volumes are […]

16Nov 2017
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The challenge: Incompatible health data Australia’s health care system faces many challenges. One is the increasing demand for clinical information to be shared between individual health practitioners, health care provider organisations and state/territory health departments. Patient data is often captured in disparate electronic systems, different formats, and described using different clinical terminologies or “languages”. This […]

13Nov 2017

CALD Assist: Technology Supported Communication Interpreters are often required to aid communication between clinicians and patients from non-English speaking backgrounds. The demand for interpreter services can exceed supply due to availability of qualified interpreters. When clinical staff are unable to communicate directly with patients, their ability to adequately assess and respond to patient needs in […]