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Sustainable Health Review Panel holds expo to showcase the leading digital technologies and possibilities for the health sector in Western Australia

According to the announcement made by the Government of Western Australia (WA), the mini digital health and innovation expo was initiated by the Sustainable Health Review (SHR) Panel.

It involved 20 innovators from both national and WA that showcases leading-edge digital technology for the health sector.

Health Minister Roger Cook explained that one of the key priorities of the McGowan Government is to ensure that Western Australians enjoy the best health care possible by putting patients at the centre of policy and service delivery. This can be achieved by embracing the benefits of innovation and change.

Another technology showcased at the expo is the independent living technology that will assist people in staying safely in their own home. An application to help delay the symptoms of Huntington's was also on display.

People will also see an unobtrusive and easy-to-wear monitor that measures the rhythm of the heart and be able to detect potentially deadly cardiac problems.      

Released in February, one of the main themes of the Sustainable Health Review Interim Report focused on having person-centred services. It also made mention of making greater use of technology, data and innovation to support consumers and clinicians.

The purpose of the Interim Report is to reflect back what the Panel has heard from its extensive consultation with stakeholders and to outline initial observations, preliminary directions, and recommendations for immediate action and areas for further work.

Several suggestions were submitted to the SHR. It was recommended that they investigate on new technological initiatives like patient navigation apps, health robotics, telehealth and virtual reality.

Because of this, the SHR panel thought of organising an event so that they can provide insights into the possibilities of emerging technologies. The event was well attended by health consumers, carers, clinicians and staff.

Minister Cook shared that the expo has provided hands-on and interesting insights into this emerging space and reinforces the key themes of the Sustainable Health Review's Interim Report, which are primary care, health prevention and promotion, and care in the community.

He added that Western Australia is a leading global contributor to health innovation and medical research. Digital health is one of the fastest growing industry sectors globally, particularly mobile and wireless health.

He further discussed that the expo highlights the potential within the digital healthcare industry and its technological advancements, which have the capacity to help control the health budget, create WA jobs and, most importantly, deliver better patient outcomes.

He concluded with saying that the Government must move as the technology improves and they must be ready to try new approaches and ways to deliver health care.

The final report of the Sustainable Health Review will be presented to the Government in November 2018.

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