A national survey of telehealth activity in Australian hospitals

Wootton, R, Blignault, I and Cignoli, J (2003) A national survey of telehealth activity in Australian hospitals. Journal of Telemedicine And Telecare, 9 Supp 2: S73-S75.

Author Wootton, R
Blignault, I
Cignoli, J
Title A national survey of telehealth activity in Australian hospitals
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine And Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 9
Issue Supp 2
Start page S73
End page S75
Total pages 3
Editor Prof Richard Wootton
Place of publication London
Publisher Royal Society of Medicine
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
329999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
730199 Clinical health not specific to particular organs, diseases and conditions
Abstract We conducted a national survey of Australian hospitals to assess their use of telehealth. Information was sought from the 814 hospitals with 10 or more beds, excluding the small number that provided only day surgery and seven for which we could not identify a contact person. A total of 564 replies were received (a 69% response rate). Nationally, nearly half (49%) reported that they were engaged in some telehealth activity. However, there was a significant difference across jurisdictions. Hospitals in the public sector were significantly more likely to report the use of telehealth than those in the private sector (62% vs 14%). Hospital remoteness was measured according to the Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA). The highest levels of use were reported by hospitals in 'very remote' and 'remote' areas (90% and 88%, respectively), with moderate levels of use in 'moderately accessible' and 'accessible' areas (67% and 52%, respectively) and the lowest level of use in 'highly accessible' areas (35%). This trend was significant.
Keyword Telehealth
Health Care Sciences & Services
Q-Index Code C1

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