23 December 2015
The Chief Minister of the ACT, the Hon Andrew Barr MLA, has expressed strong support for a trial of SmartWard in the ACT. The Chief Minister opened SmartWard’s new offices in the Technology Park in Bruce and said that he wanted to see the locally-developed technology deployed first in the ACT.
About 70 people attended the launch. Attendees included staff, shareholders and stakeholders from the ACT and Federal Government.
The Chief Minister was provided with a demonstration of the software and was briefed on the clinical evidence of SmartWard’s potential to improve patient outcomes, while containing runaway hospital costs. In his remarks at the conference, the Chief Minister said that a key challenge for the ACT, and elsewhere, is finding a path to affordable, high quality healthcare. He commented that SmartWard is the right technology, at the right time – and it is from the ACT. His remarks were met with a rousing cheer from the gathered supporters.
The Chief Minister is following through on his statements at the launch, arranging a high-level meeting to explore options for the deployment of SmartWard in the ACT. This meeting is expected to take place in September.
In welcoming the Chief Minister at the office opening, SmartWard’s Chief Executive thanked the Chief Minister for the ACT Government’s support for SmartWard, which had begun with an Innovation Grant in 2010 and helped kick off the business. “Chief Minister Barr now and in his role as Health Minister has recognized the importance to ACT residents and to all Australians of reducing costs in the health sector, improving patient outcomes and propelling a local technology onto national and international markets”.
SmartWard has also been undertaking limited contract work with ACT Health The rationale was to establish a commercial relationship with ACT Health and prove the quality of our work and knowledge of the health sector.