Digital Innovations for Aged Care: Impacts in the COVID-19 Pandemic

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This paper describes the extent to which remote interaction healthcare
interventions supported by digital technology are currently being used, or have
recently been newly developed for use, in the care of older people in Australia within
the context of the existing Australian aged care system and in conjunction with the
COVID-19 pandemic. We place emphasis on those interventions associated with
primary care provision, and associated healthcare services such as allied health,
rather than outreach from jurisdictional health services and acute care. The primary
purpose of this study was to gain an indication of the extent and range of such
interventions, and provide a pragmatic commentary on their usage. This has enabled
the understanding of some characteristics for success, and drivers for rapid adoption
of further digital technology interventions, in the aged care sector.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealthier Lives, Digitally Enabled - Selected Papers from the Digital Health Institute Summit 2020
Subtitle of host publicationSelected Papers from the Digital Health Institute Summit 2020
EditorsMark Merolli, Chris Bain, Louise K. Schaper
PublisherIOS PRESS
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic) 978-1-64368-169-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-64368-168-9
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


  • aged care
  • digital technology
  • COVID-19 pandemic


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