The Hon Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Digital Productivity

Topic: The digital economy – complementing the health reform agenda and benefits of e-health

Prior to Conroy taking to the stage, a video played showing how the northern territory is sharing information electronically.  Conroy remarked “If that clip didn’t inspire you, then nothing would.”

Announcement

  • $4m for NSW health to trial development of telehealth in people’s homes.
  • Trial will allow installation of telehealth monitoring units and high-quality video conferencing in homes of veterans and people over 65 and at their clinics in Armidale and Kiama Downs
  • See http://www.minister.dbcde.gov.au/media/media_releases/2010/107

The NBN is:

  • About changing lives and making a real difference to people when they are at their most vulnerable
  • About harnessing the rapid advances in technology to deliver care to the elderly and the ill wherever they are and wherever they want to be
  • About reducing stress by removing the need for patients to travel long distances or helping relatives stay in their homes as long as possible
  • About quality healthcare delivered in a new way
  • Chronically ill, veterans, aged, all Australians and how we care for them
  • NBN is the largest national building project in Australia’s history
  • Will deliver affordable, high speed broadband to all Australians no matter where they work or live.
  • Up to 1gig speeds
  • Broadband has changed the world. The most powerful driver of social and economic development
  • We are only at the beginning of what high speed broadband can do.
  • Broadband is the foundation of future productivity, growth and productiveness
  • We can’t afford to continue to lag behind on key broadband indicators
  • The largest component of the growth in traffic will be video.  91% video by 2014, including 2 way interactive video
  • Our current copper network not able to handle this.

PCEHR is an important foundation of our future health system

  • Positioned the NBN and e-health as part of our “fundamental duty of care to the elderly“.
  • Quoted several international studies showing positive health outcomes and workforce productivity from telehealth and electronic health records.

Telehealth

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