Health & Social Services
Three lifestyle choices (smoking, physical activity and nutrition) drive four conditions (cancer, diabetes, heart & lung disease) that result in >50% mortality and consume 80% of our healthcare budget.
With an ageing population, plus the needs of the disabled and homeless, the case for clever integration of Australia’s healthcare and social services has never been stronger.
FOR ALL STAKEHOLDERS THERE ARE THREE MAJOR ISSUES PLACING STRESS ON THE HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES SYSTEM:
At 10% of our GDP ($161bn) and growing, the health system needs innovation and greater efficiencies to be sustainable.
Paper use, and poor application of data is pervasive in Australia’s >1,200 hospitals leading to 6 errors per admission . At 28% of hospital processes being digital, our ‘digital care’ is significantly lower than other countries.
AI and automation – from simple to complex applications – present a significant opportunity for improved services and reduced cost.
Better informed patients, decentralised budgets and integrated care should allow individuals to take control of their own health and wellbeing, at the same time lifting participation and productivity.