Government unveils $5m telehealth project in South Australia
- 24 August, 2012 16:18
A $5 million telehealth project aims to enhance delivery of mental health care in South Australia. The project, announced today, is funded by the Commonwealth and the South Australian government under the $20 million digital regions initiative.
The mental health project includes more than 100 new videoconferencing units to upgrade call and image quality for more than 80 sites around the state, the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy said. The project aims to reduce patient travel time, enable online access to health services, connect patients with family members living far away and “deliver rount the clock emergency triage and liaison services,” the department said.
“People in rural and remote locations across South Australia now have access to high-definition telehealth facilities, which allow psychiatrists and other mental health professionals in Adelaide to provide vital health services to those who need it, when they need it,” said communications minister Stephen Conroy.
Rollout of the NBN will bring more services like this across Australia, he added.
The South Australia digital telehealth network has already been a success, said Lone Bignell, the state’s Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing.
“This initiative allows people to receive face-to-face expert health advice from Adelaide-based specialists without having to leave their own communities,” he said. “I have been hearing great feedback right across the state from patients and hospital staff. People living in rural and regional areas are really embracing telemedicine.”
The Commonwealth recently announced another project funded by the digital regions initiative in the Northern Territory.
Follow Adam Bender on Twitter: @WatchAdam
Join the CIO Australia group on LinkedIn. The group is open to CIOs, IT Directors, COOs, CTOs and senior IT managers.
Why change management doesn’t work
Larry Page wants to see your medical records
Dual-Persona Smartphones Not a BYOD Panacea
After two-year hiatus, EFF accepts bitcoin donations again
CIOs struggle to deliver timely mobile business apps: survey
Best Practices for Migrating to SharePoint 2013
This white paper details a number of best practices for migrating to SharePoint 2013. These best practices also apply to migrations to most earlier versions of SharePoint. Download now.
Securing the Promise of Virtualisation
For today’s enterprise, this whitepaper identifies three general areas of risk associated with risk; those that are traditionally areas of risk, the hazards that are exclusive to virtualisation and the more recent set of risks that are associated with newly formed hybrid environments. Read more to find out how to keep pace with evolving threats, quicker provisioning and dynamically mobile workloads.
Best Practice in BYOD
The key trend affecting enterprise mobility today can be summarized in four letters: BYOD – Bring Your Own Device. As the number of end-users bringing devices into your organization grows, so does the need for an effective Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution. Learn how to manage devices across multiple platforms all from a single, centralised and unified management console. Download for more!