Do people really need to front up to a healthcare provider or health facility to get the healthcare they need? Telehealth consultations, health monitoring apps and shared patient records are some of the answers to our increasingly unsustainable health system.
The Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) at Macquarie University, hosts the NHMRC Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability (PCHSS), a unique research centre charged with finding alternative ways of delivering healthcare. The PCHSS is exploring using big data and analytics to provide regular feedback to health facilities and practitioners, and embedding clinical decision support tools in routine healthcare. They are developing strategies to cut waste and build a more sustainable system that’s better for the patient, easier on limited resources and workable for clinicians, policy makers and funders, in the long term.
The Chief Investigator of the PCHSS and Founding Director of AIHI, Professor Braithwaite was pleased to welcome more than 40 of the country’s top health systems and health economics researchers, policy makers and practitioners to a workshop recently to map the challenges of health system sustainability. Outcomes from the workshop will guide future research strategy nationwide.