Using digital technology to improve the health of Australians

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Publication Date: 
December 2018
Case study from: Australia's Tech Future

Government health departments have begun to see significant improvements in health outcomes through their investments in digital health. These are being complemented by a new wave of non-government innovations in digital health for example:

  1. A mobile health pilot program in Canberra for type 2 diabetes helped motivate patients to record their health metrics using mobile devices, and found significant increases in patients’ confidence in managing their chronic illness.
  2. A CSIRO trial screened more than 1200 people in their communities for diseases such as diabetic retinopathy. Images were digitised and reviewed by ophthalmologists in Brisbane and Perth, providing specialist services to those who would not otherwise have access to them.
  3. CSIRO’s Care Assessment Platform smartphone app is alleviating the need for patients to travel to outpatient clinics for rehabilitation appointments by bringing the rehabilitation program to the patients’ homes. The smartphone app demonstrated the same, if not better, health outcomes compared to the traditional rehabilitation program.