Demand to study healthcare courses soars in Queensland
The move towards consumer, digitally driven healthcare models are advancing at a rapid pace, transforming the way in which we deliver and treat patients both in acute settings and within the home.
Such is the growth of digital healthcare, courses within the industry have soared in Queensland, where students are becoming increasingly aware of the potential they can bring to the table, and has led to healthcare becoming a preferential choice of study at university.
The Brisbane Times has reported that The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre gave offers to more than 35,000 students across December and January this year, offering students places in which to study their chosen healthcare subject in 2018.
“Allied health is growing in response to increased demand for services across the disability, mental health, aged care and health sectors,” commented QTAC Chief Executive Officer Dr John Griffiths.
“While traditional health programs remain popular, there is a trend toward courses leading to health careers outside medicine, dentistry and nursing that support patients through a variety of therapeutic, diagnostic and technical services.”
Escalating healthcare costs have driven companies to partner with tech giants and researchers to formulate cost effective solutions for patients and develop a complete new model of healthcare.
Researchers at Griffith University, situated at Gold Coast has recently partnered with Huawei and Tonwo Health Clinic Technology to support the implementation of health wearables to support patients with long-term conditions.
Taking a leaf from Apple’s book, the partnership will see the creation of five wearables which, similarly to the Apple Watch, will deliver vital patient data in real-time and enable a reduction in healthcare costs.
“Following our research, we have five devices ready for launch: Blood pressure Monitor table, Blood pressure on arm, Handheld Pulse oximeter, Blood Glucose Meter, Body fat scale,” commented John Zeng, President of Tonwo Health Clinic Technology.
“The network in Australia will be provided by operators to support the communication between the devices and NB-IoT.”
“The potential of NB-IoT in the healthcare industry is unlimited and we are expecting more exciting business models to come in the near future.”
COVID-19 app for NHS staff launches as restrictions lift
A new app has launched today to support UK hospital staff who have been redeployed to care for COVID-19 patients.
The Acute COVID app has been co-developed by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and its charity CW+, along with health tech company Imagineear Health.
It provides information to healthcare staff via a step-by-step guide, aimed at both doctors and nurses. This includes the different stages of COVID-19 so they have guidance around triage at A&E, hospital admission, in-hospital treatments, and advanced care management.
The app also provides training on non-invasive ventilation. In the first wave of the pandemic the numbers of patients needing this type of ventilation led to staff who would not normally administer this to patients having to do so.
Additionally the app signposts staff to where they can access mental and physical wellbeing support, acknowledging the levels of staff burnout, particularly among frontline staff, the pandemic has created.
The launch of the app comes on the same day England lifts its COVID-19 restrictions, labelled "freedom day" by some. However infection rates have soared in recent weeks and the move has been fiercely opposed by scientists and doctors, both in the UK and abroad.
In a letter published in medical journal The Lancet backed by 1,200 international scientists, experts called the unlocking "a threat to the world", as allowing infection rates to rise enables the virus to mutate and potentially become resistant to the vaccination.
At the weekend the newly appointed health secretary Sajid Javid announced he had tested positive for coronavirus, and both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the chancellor Rishi Sunak are self-isolating.
Meanwhile in the first week of July more than 500,000 alerts were issued by the NHS Covid-19 app telling people they had been exposed to the virus. As a result businesses are considering cutting their opening hours while staff are self-isolating at home. The government has issued guidance saying that fully vaccinated frontline NHS staff in England will be allowed to carry on working even if they've come into contact with someone with COVID-19.