Perspectives of Knowledge Management in Urban Health

Volume 1 of the series Healthcare Delivery in the Information Age pp 95-114


A Pervasive Wireless Knowledge Management Solution to Address Urban Health Inequalities with Indigenous Australians

  • Nilmini WickramasingheAffiliated withSchool of Business IT and Logistics, RMIT University Email author 
  • , Indrit Troshani
  • , Steve Goldberg

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A recent study by Adelaide Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Health (Gallaher et al., In Our Own Backyard: Urban Health Inequalities and Aboriginal Experiences of Neighbourhood Life, Social Capital and Racism, 2009) revealed some alarming findings concerning the health status of these groups. One of the key health areas that requires attention is that of chronic diseases in general and diabetes in particular. We propose using a wireless knowledge-based system developed by INET for enabling effective and efficient monitoring of patients with diabetes. We argue that systematic use of this solution can improve self-management and lead to positive healthcare outcomes. Key aspects of the wireless diabetes solution to facilitate self-management of diabetes patients are highlighted. Adoption facilitators and barriers, assessment criteria, and policy implications are also discussed.


Urban health inequalities Indigenous Australians Australian aborigines Australian Torres Strait Islander people Diabetes Self-management Pervasive technologies Wireless Healthcare