Realtime fetal ultrasound by telemedicine in Queensland. A successful venture?

Chan, F. Y., Soong, B., Watson, D. and Whitehall, J. (2001) Realtime fetal ultrasound by telemedicine in Queensland. A successful venture?. Journal of Telemedicine And Telecare, 7 Supplement 2: 7-11.


Author Chan, F. Y.
Soong, B.
Watson, D.
Whitehall, J.
Title Realtime fetal ultrasound by telemedicine in Queensland. A successful venture?
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine And Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
Publication date 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1258/1357633011937290
Volume 7
Issue Supplement 2
Start page 7
End page 11
Total pages 5
Place of publication England
Publisher Royal Society of Medicine Press
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
321005 Fetal Development and Medicine
730116 Reproductive system and disorders
Abstract We have established a realtime fetal tele-ultrasound consultation service in Queensland, which has been integrated into our routine clinical practice, The service, which uses ISDN transmission at 384 kbit/s, allows patients in Townsville to be examined by subspecialists in Brisbane, 1500 km away. For the 90 tele-ultrasound consultations performed for the first 71 patients, 90% of the babies have been delivered, and outcome data have been received on all the pregnancies. All significant anomalies and diagnoses have been confirmed. The referring clinicians would have physically referred 24 of the 71 patients to Brisbane in the absence of telemedicine. A crude cost-benefit calculation suggests that the tele-ultrasound service resulted in a net saving of A$6340, and at the same time enabled almost four times the number of consultations to be carried out.
Keyword Health Care Sciences & Services
Consultation
Q-Index Code C1

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