Telehealth benefits people of all ages

This article first appeared in the August 2013 edition of Pulse+IT Magazine.

The intense demand on established healthcare services in Queensland has prompted the introduction of an array of telehealth services throughout the state, which aim to provide a solution that is not only more efficient and effective but also to reduce travel time and improve clinical outcomes. The University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health (COH) is one of the driving forces for researching and developing clinically appropriate and economically sustainable telehealth services.

Part of the School of Medicine within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Queensland, the COH is recognised internationally for its role in research, service delivery and education and training in the fields of telemedicine, telehealth and eHealth.

The centre’s keys areas of activity include clinically focused research; academic and vocational education and training; and the provision of clinical telemedicine services, including one of the world’s largest paediatric telemedicine services.

It also conducts ground-breaking research into telehealth services for residential aged care, and has been intimately involved in helping to develop sustainable telehealth services for people living in rural areas of the state.

The director of the COH, Professor Len Gray, believes telehealth is ideal for people living in Australia, particularly for rural and remote Queenslanders.

“Telehealth allows patients to remain in their community with family support, save money usually spent on travel and have equal access to specialist care,” Professor Gray says. “Telehealth provides a valuable means of distributing a wide range of specialist services, irrespective of location. Patients of all ages are provided with access to specialist services where typically they would be very limited or non-existent.”

To read the full story, click here for the August 2013 issue of Pulse+IT Magazine.

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Joanne Grey
Centre for Online Health
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Joanne Grey is the communications and media manager for the Centre for Online Health and the Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine. She is responsible for the promotion of the two centres, as well as the proACT clinical telehealth programs, the Health-e-Regions project, RES-e-CARE and the ConTAC project.

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