Department of Health & Human Services Tasmania
Alzheimer’s Australia, Diabetes Australia and Tasmania Volunteer Ambulance Service.
The project used broadband networks and videoconferencing technology to enable access to specialist and emergency services, continuity of patient care across multiple health facilities, and shared electronic medical records. A suite of broadband-based clinical care applications was rolled out in conjunction with the upgrade of the wide area network deployed by the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services.
The project has benefited rural and regional Tasmanian communities through the development of mobile broadband and telehealth services in community health and aged care facilities. This has provided health professionals working in rural hospitals with immediate access to an emergency trained nurse and a specialist emergency physician who can assist with emergency assessment and triage.
The project has yielded the following benefits:
- Next G access for health care workers across Tasmania with particular emphasis on rural and remote communities
- significant savings in travel costs for the agency and for patients
- reduction in unnecessary hospital admissions
- development of networks between health facilities
- in-home monitoring equipment that provides chronically ill patients to take control of their own healthcare.
|Australian Government:||$ 5 000 000|
|Other contributions (includes cash & in-kind):||$ 8 271 091|
|Total:||$ 13 271 091 (excluding GST)|