A virtual aged care system: When health informatics and spatial science intersect

Hamish Robertson, Nick Nicholas, Tuly Rosenfeld, Andrew Georgiou, Julie Johnson, Joanne Travaglia

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Healthcare systems are increasingly adapting to address the issues associated with population ageing. The shift to chronic diseases and a rise in neuroepidemiological conditions, associated with rising life expectancies, means that continued change and accommodation will be required of our health and social support systems. Current social policy environments developed out of early approaches to state-supported health and welfare service provision, most now a century or more old. A feature of these systems has often been a formal separation between them, into silos, that does not and cannot effectively address the issues raised by a growing population of older people. This is especially true in the context of community-based care where the majority of older people currently live and where governments hope to keep more elderly people living into the future. This objective will require a far more sophisticated and responsive approach to the health information environment than is currently the case. One strategy for improving this scenario is the development of augmented and virtual environments that collect and analyse real-time data on which health professionals and support staff can act in a timely manner. In this paper we explore some aspects of a virtualised aged care system and provide some examples of how this would enhance our current strategies for aged care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInvesting in E-Health
Subtitle of host publicationPeople, Knowledge and Technology for a Healthy Future - Selected Papers from the 22nd Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2014
EditorsLouise K. Schaper, Heather Grain, Fernando Martin-Sanchez
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781614994268
StatePublished - 2014
Event22nd Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2014 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Aug 11 2014Aug 14 2014

Publication series

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


Other22nd Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2014


  • Ageing
  • informatics
  • spatial
  • virtual
  • visualisation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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