Video outlines benefits of telehealth for GPs and specialists

Inner East Melbourne Medicare Local (IEMML) has released a new video resource aimed at encouraging general and specialist practitioners to consider telehealth for patients in aged care settings.

The video features interviews with medical practitioners, aged care staff and a resident who discuss their telehealth experience.

“We’re excited about being able to share this video with practitioners and anyone else considering telehealth,” IEMML's director of strategy and eHealth, Adam McLeod, said.

“We really hope that after watching this video, practitioners in particular will have a better understanding of telehealth and be more inclined to give it a try.”

While the number of practitioners using Telehealth in Australia is increasing, most focus on rural applications. With residents of aged care facilities facing similar or greater challenges in accessing specialist care, the IEMML telehealth team has been working to highlight the need for, and benefits of, telehealth in the aged care setting.

“We’ve been working on telehealth for aged care for some time now and one of the things we’ve noticed is that while practitioners are aware of telehealth for rural patients, they don’t necessarily realise the level of need for services that exists in the aged community,” Mr McLeod said.

“Many in the medical community also don’t necessarily understand that telehealth can help them both as a way of addressing accessibility issues for their patients, and as an effective part of their practice.”

IEMML’s telehealth video covers a number of recent consultations undertaken recently, with feedback and information provided by the various people involved in the consultations.

“One of the things we’ve found is that those practitioners that try out telehealth find it really beneficial, particularly in helping GPs and specialists better understand the care and treatment each is providing,” Mr McLeod said.

“I hope this video will be effective in demonstrating some of these benefits.”

The video is available on the IEMML website.

Philipp Herrmann is the eHealth communications officer for IEMML.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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