RMIT and Cisco launch game-changing Health Transformation Lab

RMIT and Cisco launch game-changing Health Transformation Lab

A first-of-its kind lab will give health and innovation leaders from across Australia and around the globe a place to solve some of our thorniest health challenges.

Embedded in RMIT’s Social Innovation Hub, the Health Transformation Lab operates at the intersection of the human and the technological, bringing together ideas, leaders, innovators and infrastructure to bring radical new solutions to our most pressing healthcare issues.

Some of the game-changing innovations  already being led by the Lab include a brooch that can detect loneliness, a ‘tunechair’ that can activate memory and reduce agitation in dementia patients and health drones that have the potential to improve patient rehabilitation outcomes.

06 March 2020

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Director of the new Health Transformation Lab Vishaal Kishore and Brendan Lovelock, Health Practice Lead at Cisco Systems. Director of the new Health Transformation Lab Vishaal Kishore and Brendan Lovelock, Health Practice Lead at Cisco Systems.

RMIT Vice Chancellor and President Martin Bean CBE said the University was thrilled to be part of an exciting initiative that brings researchers, technologists and innovators together to make a difference.

“RMIT’s Health Transformation Lab is a great example of academia and industry coming together to find solutions to real social and economic challenges,” he said.

“As a global university of technology, design and enterprise, we are excited to be working with industry leaders like Cisco and passionate health professionals to deliver life-changing innovation.”

Health Transformation Lab Director, Professor Vishaal Kishore, says the collaboration with technology giant Cisco provides an unprecedented opportunity to tackle the most challenging, multifaceted problems of health system transformation.

 “The Health Transformation Lab is where Australian leaders come to solve their hardest problems, sometimes in the most surprising and provocative of ways,” Professor Kishore says.

“It’s a place where technology, innovation and humanity collide in a way that we haven’t seen before in Australia, producing outcomes with real impact and transformation for the Australian health system, its providers and the people it seeks to serve.”

Cisco’s investment in the breakthrough Lab forms part of the company’s commitment to invest $61 million into digital transformation projects in Australia over three years, as part of its Country Digital Acceleration program - a long-term global initiative to accelerate national digitalisation and innovation agendas and create new value for countries, its businesses and citizens.

Cisco Australia & New Zealand’s Managing Director, Digital Transformation Office, Sam Gerner, says the Health Transformation Lab represents a ground-breaking opportunity to innovate across a range of healthcare challenges and build better outcomes for Australians.  

“There has never been a more pressing time to leverage the digital platform investments that have been made across the healthcare system,” Gerner said.

“By facilitating collaborations with academics, clinicians and technologists there is the potential to develop and test exciting new healthcare solutions enabled by increased connectivity and digital insights.”

University of Adelaide CIO Bev Wright  tries the chi drone during an Education CIO roundtable hosted by Cisco at the Health Transformation Lab. University of Adelaide CIO Bev Wright tries the chi drone during an Education CIO roundtable hosted by Cisco at the Health Transformation Lab.
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Prior to its official launch, the Health Transformation Lab has been working with some of Australia’s leading health and innovation professionals to explore, research and deliver transformative health solutions for the future.

 These include:

  • CaT (Conversation as Therapy) pin - a brooch that monitors word count to detect loneliness, and alerts community support services and family members when a person's word count drops below a certain threshold;
  • Tunechair - an award-winning 4D cinema-style chair that uses music, motion, vibration and light to promote health benefits such as memory activation and reduced agitation in dementia patients;
  • Drone chi - a unique, human-drone interaction experience, with a variety of health-promoting applications, from falls risk assessment to patient rehabilitation;
  • BikeAround - combining a stationary bike with Google Street View, BikeAround can take you on a virtual trip down memory lane or around the world, with cognitive health benefits that can be applied in a variety of health settings, from dementia patients to paediatrics and palliative care.

 

Story: Rachel Wells

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