Australasian Telehealth Society national strategy white paper (AUS)

The Australasian Telehealth Society has issued a five-year (2013-2018) white paper that outlines how Australia can transition toward a National Telehealth Strategy which would improve the delivery of health care. Australia, not unlike the US but with less population, has extremes of population gathered in dense urban and regional areas, then scattered in distant, sparsely populated rural or remote areas. The idea is to improve access and quality, with essential elements being a national broadband strategy and current healthcare resources. Importantly, the Society’s defines  ‘telehealth’ at the outset broadly as “enabling health care services and related processes delivered over distance, using information and communication technologies” including telecare, telehealth and telemedicine. The paper was initiated during the roundtable discussion session at their Global Telehealth 2012 Conference held in Sydney on 26-28 November 2012. Authored by Colin Carati and reader George Margelis (hat tip once again). Society link and download PDF

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