Australian tech wins Innovation of the Year at World Ageing Festival

Australia’s McLean Care has been awarded ‘Innovation of the Year – Smart Care Technology’ at the Ageing Asia World Ageing Festival 2024 for its cutting-edge iAgeHealth Platform.

iAgeHealth is a virtual clinical workforce service that provides 24/7 access to experienced clinicians utilising cutting-edge diagnostic devices, offering older Australians in regional, rural and remote communities the ability to connect to specialist clinical services enabling equitable access to quality healthcare services.

McLean Care CEO Sue Thomson said she was honoured to see the service delivered through technology recognised on a global stage.

“iAgeHealth was developed to bridge service gaps that we experience in Australia’s regional, rural and remote communities and to improve quality health care for older Australians,” she said.

“We firmly believe that a postcode should not dictate whether an older person – or any person – can receive the primary care they need to maintain their health and wellbeing.

“Technology has a critical role to play in improving equity in our health system, and our intent with iAgeHealth was to bring that to older Australians in a way that supported them and delivered better health outcomes.

“Recognition on a platform such as the World Ageing Festival is incredibly humbling, and we are very proud of what iAgeHealth has achieved thus far. There is still a long way to go to deliver the kind of care every older Australian deserves, and McLean Care is proud to be leading the way.”

The awards, held this year in Singapore, are judged by a panel of industry experts and recognised over 35 winners across ten categories with entries received from more than 50 countries.

McLean Care was a finalist in three categories; Innovation of the Year – Model of Care, Ageing in Place; Innovation of the Year – Technology Product by Operator and Innovation of the Year – Smart Care Technology, and won Innovation of the Year – Smart Care Technology against a pool of more than 200 entries competing against finalists from Europe, Malaysia and Australia.