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Banding together for bandwidth

Four years ago a trial sought to facilitate technology solutions among small facilities by providing key applications on a cloud. Darragh O Keeffe reports on the outcomes. Like so many other small, stand-alone aged care facilities across Australia, the management ...

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Internet good for older people: study

New research examines the relationship between internet use and psychological wellness in older people Adults aged over 60 who use the internet are better adjusted psychologically than older adults who do not, a new study has found. Dr Genevieve Johnson, ...

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Healing process captured online

A computerised wound care system is significantly reducing costs for nursing staff in Victoria, writes Beverley Head. More than a quarter of a million older Australians are treated each year for chronic wounds. Besides the obvious health implications, treating wounds ...

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Getting wise to the smart home

Many studies have demonstrated the economic and health benefits of telehealth in aged care, yet the take-up remains patchy. Darragh O Keeffe and Natasha Egan report on the reasons why, and what’s needed to change it. At this stage they ...

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In-home monitoring trial proves successful

The expansion of the national broadband network will be of great benefit to those using in-home health monitoring systems. Beverley Head reports. A 12-month trial of an in-home monitoring system achieved a 28 per cent reduction in the hospitalisation rate ...

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Human connections

With big money being spent on installing IT in aged care, researchers and providers are examining what’s required to ensure success. Beverley Head reports. Computer literacy is expected to become a requirement for aged care staff as electronic records and ...

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New device predicting falls

A new sensor could be a cost-effective way of elderly people measuring their own fall risk at home. More elderly people could potentially live in their homes longer thanks to a new clip-on device that predicts how likely they are ...

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