Founder Delia Scales
Delia Scales is a female co-founder with a focus on next-generation healthcare technology with 12 years experience as a registered nurse. Delia is also a cancer survivor and a champion of the Healthcare Tech startup movement in Australia.
It wasn’t until Delia spent time on the other side of the hospital bed, as a patient, during her cancer treatment, that she realised there was something deeply disturbing going on behind closed doors within the Australian healthcare industry.
After her medical complaints and suggestions for reform were dismissed, she decided to dedicate her time to starting a movement – bringing greater transparency and education to the public about Australia’s dated, and secretive health industry.
And so, Wikihospitals was born. With inspiration drawn from other ‘wiki’ community sites, Wikihospitals doesn’t just deliver content. It’s a community where patients and Healthcare Tech startups can connect with one another, and access research, industry news and information.
Wikihospitals is also a platform for people to share their story, whether it be through a negative experience as a patient through the system, or a business that can offer more advanced and affordable healthcare solutions but can’t get fair break through the red tap of the bureaucratic health care system as it stands.
Wikihospitals is on a mission to disrupt the health care sector, providing greater transparency to the public about what goes on behind closed doors, whilst educating Australians about alternative solutions for treatment.
Join our movement, and help us start to make some changes in this industry now, in service of a fairer deal for patients, and for much needed new and innovative services from startups within the healthcare sector.
Putting a spotlight on the problem
Transparency about health care services is much more advanced globally, than it is in Australia.
People in Britain can quickly access detailed information on their public hospitals performances from the Dr Foster website.
American Doctors contribute to a USA rating of best hospitals, based on a range of factors including whether a Doctor would refer a patient for their services.
Australians are left with an over-paid and unaccountable bureaucracy, a maze of red tape, multiple departments that don’t coordinate any data and private doctors who can earn up to six times their public wage in private practice while refusing to allow their prices or error rates to be made public.
The philosophy of this site is transparency, education and reform.
Wikihospital provides the public independent information and industry news. Wikihospital is about putting a top to unfair and unjust treatment of patients, as well as the bureaucratic systems in place that prevent new startups entering the market.
Through industry news, reports and interviews with patients and startups, Wikihospitals aims to create an independent healthcare platform for those seeking information or sharing their experience.
New healthcare startups will have the opportunity to list their services vai the Wikihospital directory, offering patients alternative and more cost effective services prior to undergoing treatment.
Cancer Treatment in the Private Sector
Interview with Norman Swan on the Radio National Program ‘The Health Report’