This white paper presents the key organisational influencers of successful smart assistive technology (SAT) implementations in a disability service setting (reading time: 15 minutes).
Assistive technologies form an important component of recent strategic and policy direction in Australia (including the NDIS), principally resulting from the available evidence indicating that access to assistive and mainstream technologies results in greater levels of engagement between people with diverse abilities. Technological advances are occurring very quickly. Use of SAT, when well planned and carefully implemented, can result in positive client outcomes for the elderly and for people with disabilities. Service providers have begun to embrace assistive technologies as a cost-effective means to improve the quality and safety of care, particularly in locations where appropriate staff and expertise are limited.
Based on our recent experiences in Australia, which are supported by recent studies in the US, UK and Australia, we have identified 11 key influencers (categorised by external, organisational and individual influencers) of SAT implementation success.