NZ telehealth gears up as ultrafast fibre rolls out

Waikato Telehealth, the NZ Health IT Cluster and Health Informatics New Zealand are holding an evening seminar in Hamilton later this month to provide an update on regional and national telehealth initiatives.

Maxine Elliot, CEO of Ultrafast Fibre, which is rolling out a fibre network in Hamilton, Tauranga, Wanganui and New Plymouth as part of the government's national broadband action plan, will discuss the effect of ultrafast broadband on health service delivery in the region.

National Health IT Board CEO Graeme Osborne will discuss NZ's moves to roll out patient portals throughout the country as part of the integrated care initiatives work program in the National Health IT plan.

Other speakers include dermatologist Amanda Oakley of Waikato Teledermatology; chair of the National Health IT Board's consumer panel, Stephanie Fletcher; Bruce MacDonald of the faculty of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Auckland, who will discuss the use of robots in helping people manager long-term conditions; and Roy Davidson of Whangarei Hospital on how to make telehealth happen.

The telehealth seminar will be held on Tuesday, June 24 at the Atrium at the Waikato Institute of Technology. Register by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The seminar comes as interest in the capabilities of telehealth grow in NZ. Earlier this year, Canterbury PHO Pegasus Health and Auckland's ProCare joined forces to establish a new joint entity called Homecare Medical to provide a variety of telephone and virtual health services.

Homecare Medical will implement a technology roadmap and new support systems for its telephony platform, including the roll-out of the UK-designed Odyssey Tele Assess clinical decision support system. It is also working on how to access shared care records and partnering with St John NZ to connect patients with their healthcare home.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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