Professor Vishaal Kishore, Director of the Cisco supported Health Transformation Lab, says MediStays’ new COVID-19 accommodation service delivers a dynamic solution for people in a time of crisis, while producing a positive impact for both the Australian health system and the hotel industry.
“At a time of unprecedented strain on the traditional parts of our health system, we need to quickly and flexibly release new capacity into and around our hospitals and care institutions,” Professor Kishore says.
“MediStays is a proven model and this new partnered initiative enables them to bring on capacity really quickly to help support people in a time of crisis,” he says.
“At the Health Transformation Lab, we are focussed on working with innovators and health leaders to explore how technology and innovation can mobilise radical new health interventions and solve some of our most complex – urgent – health issues. This is a really great example of that.”
Founded in 2016, MediStays has fast become a trusted website for patients, families and carers needing accommodation near Australian hospitals.
In partnership with the Health Transformation Lab, MediStays is building on its existing relationships with hospitals and not-for profit patient lodgings, as well as hotels - who are experiencing occupancy rates of less than 20 percent - to provide discounted accommodation near hospitals for three critical groups:
● Patients who are immunocompromised and need accommodation as they elect to self-isolate to protect themselves from COVID19;
● Those with confirmed or suspected COVID19 who have mild symptoms or are asymptomatic and can be accommodated in a hotel or apartment and supported by care and health workers from community nurse partner Bolton Clarke;
● Healthcare workers who are at higher risk than the general population and who are now electing to stay closer to the hospital to either avoid putting their families at risk or to ensure quality rest as they experience longer hours and on call duties.