Topics: Software; Digital Transformation; Qld.
Diabetes Queensland have joined forces with a team of suppliers to tackle lifestyle-related disease, with New Zealand health IT company SHI Global to build the online component.
At the cost of $27 million over four years, the Queensland Health initiated program will help citizens make healthier lifestyle choices and reduce the rate of avoidable hospital admissions – estimated to cost the state economy $11.6 billion in expenses and lost productivity.
The Health for Life program will include over-the-phone health coaching, group programs and online support options.
Diabetes Australia has also selected Ernst and Young in a project management and advisory role.
Program director Lyn Hamill says that SHI Global was selected for the online component on the basis of a proven track record, having delivered the ‘Positive Impact’ program for Brisbane South PHN.
SHI Global was also responsible for the online component of the Victorian version of the Health for Life program (Life!), which was successfully completed 18 months prior.
SHI Global co-founder Susan Binks told Scoop News that “our platform is designed to strengthen engagement and provide personalised time-lined programmes to participants using many different interactive tools.”
The Health for Life program will begin with in-person interventions in physical locations before the online program is rolled out. The intention is to launch the online program state-wide in 2017.
As many as 180,000 people will access the online platform, and up to 10,000 people are estimated to complete a program.
The program targets chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lifestyle-related cancers and obesity.
Health for Life will offer a free health risk assessment and a structured six-month lifestyle modification program to eligible Qld citizens.
‘‘This program is about identifying people who are at high risk of developing chronic disease and ensuring they will be supported to make positive changes so they can live a happier and healthier lifestyle”, said Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick earlier this month.
The program was among a number of health related priority areas to receive funding in the 2015-16 Budget. An additional $320.3 million over four years has been allocated to deliver the Government’s healthcare election commitments, with the extra funding going towards preventative care programs (like Health for Life) as well as other priority areas like the nursing workforce, patient safety, and mental health.