Cisco and RMIT have launched the Health Transformation Lab, a place for health leaders to bring their most complex and difficult challenges and consider how technology can support health initiatives.

The lab will bring together ideas, leaders, innovators and infrastructure to make the future of healthcare, enabled by technology, a reality.

Some of the innovations that are already being led by the lab include a brooch that can detect loneliness, a ‘tunechair’ that can activate memory and reduce agitation in dementia patients and health drones (pictured above) that have the potential to improve patient rehabilitation outcomes.

Health Transformation Lab Director, Professor Vishaal Kishore, said the collaboration with Cisco provides an unprecedented opportunity to tackle the most challenging, multifaceted problems of health system transformation.

“The Health Transformation Lab is where Australian leaders come to solve their hardest problems, sometimes in the most surprising and provocative of ways,” Kishore said.

“It’s a place where technology, innovation and humanity collide in a way that we haven’t seen before in Australia, producing outcomes with real impact and transformation for the Australian health system, its providers and the people it seeks to serve.”

Healthcare driven by technology innovation 

Technology can become part of patient experiences for example, via remote consultations, wireless connectivity, and location-aware mobile services. Today’s clinicians require a secure, digital environment that makes it possible to be more efficient and provide better care, with access to the systems they need from any location, at any time.

A modern digital healthcare system is driven by the people of which it is composed and the information they exchange. Cisco enables the secure access, sharing and coordination of information between individuals, teams and the systems they interact with, enhancing existing and creating new more effective, models of patient centred care.

Cisco Australia & New Zealand’s Managing Director, Digital Transformation Office, Sam Gerner, said the Health Transformation Lab represents a ground-breaking opportunity to innovate across a range of healthcare challenges.

“There has never been a more pressing time to leverage the digital platform investments that have been made across the healthcare system. By facilitating collaborations with academics, clinicians and technologists there is the potential to develop and test exciting new healthcare solutions enabled by increased connectivity and digital insights.”

Cisco’s investment in the breakthrough Lab forms part of the company’s commitment to invest $61 million into digital transformation projects in Australia over three years, as part of its Country Digital Acceleration program – a long-term global initiative to accelerate national digitalisation and innovation agendas and create new value for countries, its businesses and citizens.

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