Clinical services and professional support: a review of mobile telepaediatric services in Queensland

Smith, Anthony C., Armfield, Nigel R., White, Megan M., Williams, Michael L., Koh, T.H.H. Guan, Hurley, Tom, Maclean, Sue, McCrossin, Robert, Van der Westhuyzen, Jasper and Coulthard, Mark G. (2010). Clinical services and professional support: a review of mobile telepaediatric services in Queensland. In: Anthony C. Smith and Anthony J. Maeder, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. Selected papers from the 15th International Conference of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth and 1st National Conference of the Australasian Telehealth Society. Global Telehealth 2010 (GT2010), Fremantle, Perth, WA, (149-158). 10-12 November, 2010. doi:10.3233/978-1-60750-659-1-149

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Author Smith, Anthony C.
Armfield, Nigel R.
White, Megan M.
Williams, Michael L.
Koh, T.H.H. Guan
Hurley, Tom
Maclean, Sue
McCrossin, Robert
Van der Westhuyzen, Jasper
Coulthard, Mark G.
Title of paper Clinical services and professional support: a review of mobile telepaediatric services in Queensland
Conference name Global Telehealth 2010 (GT2010)
Conference location Fremantle, Perth, WA
Conference dates 10-12 November, 2010
Proceedings title Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. Selected papers from the 15th International Conference of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth and 1st National Conference of the Australasian Telehealth Society   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Studies in Health Technology and Informatics   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication The Netherlands
Publisher I O S Press
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.3233/978-1-60750-659-1-149
ISBN 9781607506584
ISSN 0926-9630
Editor Anthony C. Smith
Anthony J. Maeder
Volume 161
Start page 149
End page 158
Total pages 10
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract/Summary In Queensland, the majority of rural hospitals and some regional hospitals lack paediatricians or paediatric sub-specialists. Many specialist referrals result in a transfer to a tertiary paediatric hospital in Brisbane – up to 3000 km away. Travel is difficult, time-consuming and expensive, especially from rural and remote areas in Queensland. The telepaediatric service managed by the Centre for Online Health (COH) at the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) in Brisbane, delivers general and specialist paediatric support directly into selected neonatal and paediatric wards in a convenient and child-friendly manner. We conducted a review of telepaediatric service records to determine which clinical and educational services had been delivered through the mobile videoconference systems. Telepaediatric service activity records for all consultations conducted between January 2005 and July 2010 were summarised.Since 2005, seven mobile telepaediatric systems have been established in selected regional hospitals throughout Queensland. For some hospitals, the service was used mainly for consultations with specialists based at the RCH or at The Townsville Hospital (TTH) in north Queensland. During a 67 month period, a total of 966 consultations were conducted during 465 videoconference sessions, totaling about 228 hours of activity. In addition, 39 education sessions were delivered to regional staff through the mobile robot systems by specialists based at the RCH in Brisbane. The telepaediatric robots have proven useful for general paediatric support for hospitals without a local paediatrician; sub-specialist paediatric support and professional education and support for regional clinicians. Our service model provided a streamlined method of delivering specialist health services to children and families living in rural and remote regions of Queensland.
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