Geriatric ward rounds by video conference: a solution for rural hospitals

Gray, LC, Wright, OR, Cutler, AJ, Scuffham, PA and Wootton, R (2009) Geriatric ward rounds by video conference: a solution for rural hospitals. MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 191 11-12: 605-608.

Author Gray, LC
Wright, OR
Cutler, AJ
Scuffham, PA
Wootton, R
Title Geriatric ward rounds by video conference: a solution for rural hospitals
Journal name MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1326-5377
Publication date 2009-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 191
Issue 11-12
Start page 605
End page 608
Total pages 4
Editor Martin Van Der Weyden
Place of publication Australia (Online)
Publisher AMPCo
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
100503 Computer Communications Networks
100504 Data Communications
111702 Aged Health Care
111718 Residential Client Care
9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
9299 Other Health
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the acceptance and cost of a ward-based geriatric consultation service delivered via a mobile videoconferencing system. DESIGN AND SETTING: Prospective observational study conducted in the geriatric unit of Toowoomba Base Hospital, Queensland, comparing a specialist consultation service delivered by videoconference (VC) with a "traditional" in-person service. The VC system was established in January 2007 and evaluated over an 18-month period. Patient satisfaction with the service was assessed by questionnaire during a 1-week period in September 2008. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Hospital acceptance of the service; patient satisfaction with the service; comparative cost of providing in-person and VC-mediated consultations. RESULTS: Uptake of the service increased progressively throughout the study period. Patient acceptance levels were high. The cost of video consultations for a 12-patient ward round and case conference was less than the cost of in-person consultations if the total road distance travelled by the specialist (Brisbane to Toowoomba and back) was 125 km or longer. CONCLUSION: Consultations via VC are an acceptable alternative to in-person consultations, and are less expensive than in-person consultations for even modest distances travelled by the clinician.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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