Re-engineering health service models: the value of telemedicine for people living in Indigenous communities

Smith, Anthony C., Armfield, Nigel R., Brown, Cecil and Perry, Christopher (2014). Re-engineering health service models: the value of telemedicine for people living in Indigenous communities. In: Abstracts from The American Telemedicine Association Nineteenth Annual International Meeting and Exposition. ATA 2013: American Telemedicine Association 19th Annual International Meeting and Trade Show, Baltimore, MD, USA, (A80-A80). 18-20 May, 2014. doi:10.1089/tmj.2014.9986-A.abstracts


Author Smith, Anthony C.
Armfield, Nigel R.
Brown, Cecil
Perry, Christopher
Title of paper Re-engineering health service models: the value of telemedicine for people living in Indigenous communities
Conference name ATA 2013: American Telemedicine Association 19th Annual International Meeting and Trade Show
Conference location Baltimore, MD, USA
Conference dates 18-20 May, 2014
Proceedings title Abstracts from The American Telemedicine Association Nineteenth Annual International Meeting and Exposition   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Telemedicine and e-Health   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication New Rochelle, NY, United States
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Publishers
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Published abstract
DOI 10.1089/tmj.2014.9986-A.abstracts
ISSN 1530-5627
1556-3669
Volume 20
Issue 5
Start page A80
End page A80
Total pages 1
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Introduction: The health status of Indigenous Australians is considerably poorer than non-Indigenous people, mainly due to a higher prevalence of chronic health conditions which affect overall life expectancy (1). To address these health needs, one needs to improve accessibility to specialist healthcare. Conventional models of healthcare require patients to travel (often great distances) to receive specialist care. Some specialist teams travel to remote communities to deliver healthcare services; but these tend to occur on an intermittent basis. Due to logistical reasons, some patients don’t receive the care they require because of the difficulties of having to leave their community for an appointment and/or treatment. We established a mobile telemedicine program to deliver routine ear screening services (2); alongside a visiting outreach program which delivered ENT surgical services into the community.

Objectives:
1. Understand the steps involved in planning and establishing a telemedicine service within an Indigenous community
2. Understand the potential of telemedicine as a method of delivering new services and ensuring easier access to specialist health services
3. Learn about a model which could be potentially replicated in other remote communities
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
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