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.”
- $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.
- Why haven’t we made more progress with telehealth?
- NICTA report identified barriers to adoption of telehealth in primary care. Biggest barrier was lack of adequate broadband. See http://www.nicta.com.au/research/research_publications?q=hanlen
- Centre for Online Health in Qld has developed a very effective telepaediatric service. See http://www.uq.edu.au/coh/telepaediatrics
- Australia can use the NBN as a catalyst to jump start telehealth on a large scale.
- Govt announcement on telehealth investment – http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr10-nr-nr167.htm
- Telehealth discussion paper released yesterday -A copy of the discussion paper can be found at www.mbsonline.gov.au and submissions close on 27 January 2010.