Healthcare in continuum for an ageing population - national self monitoring or remote offshore monitoring for Australia?

Heather Grain, Kenn Robinson, Belinda Torney, Bardo Fraunholz, Chandana Unnithan

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Abstract

Australia is a country, similar to other developed nations, confronting an ageing population with complex demographics. Ensuring continued healthcare for the ageing, while providing sufficient support for the already aged population requiring assistance, is at the forefront of the national agenda. Varied initiatives are with foci to leverage the advantages of ICTs leading to e-Health provisioning and assisted technologies. While these initiatives increasingly put budgetary constraints on local and federal governments, there is also a case for offshore resourcing of non-critical health services, to support, streamline and enhance the continuum of care, as the nation faces acute shortages of medical practitioners and nurses. However, privacy and confidentiality concerns in this context are a significant issue in Australia. In this paper, we take the position that if the National and state electronic health records system initiatives, are fully implemented, offshore resourcing can be a feasible complementary option resulting in a win-win situation of cutting costs and enabling the continuum of healthcare.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHEALTHINF 2008 - 1st International Conference on Health Informatics, Proceedings
Pages266-273
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event1st International Conference on Health Informatics, HEALTHINF 2008 - Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Duration: 28 Jan 200831 Jan 2008

Publication series

NameHEALTHINF 2008 - 1st International Conference on Health Informatics, Proceedings
Volume2

Conference

Conference1st International Conference on Health Informatics, HEALTHINF 2008
CountryPortugal
CityFunchal, Madeira
Period28/01/0831/01/08

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Keywords

  • Ageing in australia
  • Electronic health records
  • Offshore resourcing
  • Privacy

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Grain, H., Robinson, K., Torney, B., Fraunholz, B., & Unnithan, C. (2008). Healthcare in continuum for an ageing population - national self monitoring or remote offshore monitoring for Australia? In HEALTHINF 2008 - 1st International Conference on Health Informatics, Proceedings (pp. 266-273). (HEALTHINF 2008 - 1st International Conference on Health Informatics, Proceedings; Vol. 2).