CHF has been working with the Digital Health CRC, Deloitte Australia and Curtin University to better understand consumer expectations of virtual care in the 21st century.

You might be asking what virtual care is, and how it differs from telehealth. Put simply, virtual care is the next revolution in healthcare, where consumers play an active role in managing their care by generating and controlling their data in a fully digital health ecosystem.

Today many of us already do this through tools such as wearables (Apple Watch, Fitbit, etc) or perhaps by integrating our weighing scales to apps on our smartphone. Other consumers might use remote monitoring devices to help record and manage their chronic diseases. But very seldom do all of these tools “talk” to each other or integrate with the systems used by medical professionals. The more these tools continue to expand and develop, the more virtual our opportunities for healthcare will become.

One of our first activities was hosting a webinar in 2020 that featured the Secretary to the Department of Health, Dr Brendan Murphy, CHF CEO, Leanne Wells, and a number of other thought leaders in the digital health space.