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Princess Alexandra Hospital’s (PAH) telehealth services continue to increase, with eight new clinics starting in early-2019 including home dialysis, sleep disorders and acquired brain injuries.
Senior Telehealth Coordinator Karen Lucas said 4,800 telehealth-assisted consultations were conducted last year for 31 different medical, nursing and allied health areas across Metro South Health.
“Connecting Queenslanders with the care they need is a passion for our team,” she said.
“The Telehealth Centre based at PAH work’s in collaboration with clinical departments throughout Metro South Health to support the ongoing development and expansion of sustainable and innovative telehealth services.”
Since launching in 2012, the Telehealth Centre has delivered 15,000 consultations to patients who were often thousands of kilometres away.
The purpose-built centre includes six consult rooms equipped with the latest video conferencing technology.
Recipient facilities are equipped with consult rooms and in some cases, mobile videoconferencing units, which allow patients to participate in their telehealth appointment from the comfort of their bed.
The Centre has had such a profound impact on modernising and improving healthcare delivery and access that it recently was awarded The University of Queensland’s (UQ) Faculty of Medicine Innovators of the Year Award.
Ms Lucas said the award was in recognition of the collaborative work done by the team over the last six years, and their achievements in the areas of service development and delivery, innovation and research.
“I hope that in recognising the value and impact of telehealth services and the evidence-based research supporting them, that this award will inspire more clinicians and healthcare providers to integrate telehealth into their current practice,” she said.
The Centre is a partnership between UQ’s Centre for Online Health and PAH.