SEQ’s leading IT health professionals come together to embrace technological advances within health and community sectors - 6 July 2011 Posted on October 6, 2011

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SEQ’s leading IT health professionals come together to embrace technological advances within health and community sectors

 

A recent e-health and community services forum held on the Gold Coast has served to highlight the sectors need to embrace technological opportunities for regional and business development.

 

Lead by Regional Development Australia – Gold Coast (RDA Gold Coast) and the Primary Care Partnership Council, the forum raised awareness surrounding the real opportunities that exist in the high speed digital arena.

Of particular focus was just how vital it is that organizations review their business models in light of such opportunities.

Gold Coast City Councils, David Ives, spoke about the impending National Broadband Network (NBN) and the effect of its implementation on residents and businesses alike

e-health guru, Professor Peter Croll representing Southern Cross University was on site to deliver some insights into the challenges faced by tele-health noting that the way forward for this new frontier may be through the most simple of processes.

"The technology already exists to enable effective remote consultations and recent legislations now allows doctors to bulk bill when tele-consulting with a specialist."

This is excellent news, as it paves the way for the future when the NBN connects to every home and smart devices and smart TVs will revolutionise home care for regional and remote Australians".

Discussions also centered around the bright future of the e-health industry with the establishment of the new Gold Coast hospital facilities, most importantly the planned knowledge precinct that will see huge leaps forward in the areas of ICT driven markets.

Of particular interest are the prospective technological advances in automatic video monitoring for aged care, ‘intelligent’ nurse rostering, and medical imaging.

Associate Professor Michael Blumenstein, Dean (Research) at Griffith University and Chair of the IT Forum Gold Coast said, "The IT Forum Gold Coast and its members will certainly have a role to play in areas of common interest pertaining to technology development."

"The importance of research and innovation to enhance healthcare in our nation cannot be over-stated. The Gold Coast specifically has a unique opportunity to leverage the "research triangle" of Griffith University, the Gold Coast University Hospital and the proposed Health and Knowledge Precinct. All will facilitate groundbreaking research discoveries" he said.

Whilst the e-health platform was the priority of the day it was also relevant that the instigation of business development initiatives for the Gold Coast region around the application of high-speed digital networks remain top of mind.

Scott Windus, CEO, RDA Gold Coast, said, "It truly was an inspirational day, with much knowledge on new technological opportunities being imparted between an impressive list of professionals. All of who are dedicated to seeing industry growth and development in this region.

"This show of dedication is particularly exciting for us as an organization as we now move to deliver a number of innovative and proactive initiatives in the coming year."

 

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For further information or to interview Scott Windus of RDA Gold Coast, please contact Samantha O’Brien – 0422 635 706 or sam@memery.com.au

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