The Western Australia government last week announced it will spend $36.5 million on telehealth services in six country hospitals located in inland Western Australia.
The initiative, funded under the Liberal-National Government’s Royalties for Regions Program, is the centerpiece of the State Government’s spending on health in the 2011-2012 State Budget and aims to reform and improve access to healthcare, according to a government statement.
NASA last Friday announced an experiment titled “Advanced Diagnositic Ultrasound in Microgravity,” which involves crewmembers onboard a space shuttle conducting ultrasound exams on one another as they are instructed from a radiologist on the ground.
According to the announcement, “Crews traveling beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO) need the telemedicine strategies this experiment investigates, should injury or illness occur in space. There are also widespread Earth applications for emergencies and rural care situations.”
A team of neonatologists at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles have published a research paper indicating that the use of a remote-controlled, robotic telemedicine system in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is feasible and safe.
This study conducted considered 304 patient encounters on 46 premature and full-term newborns in a level IIIa NICU, the unit caring for the most critically ill infants. During each patient encounter, the infant was evaluated by both an onsite and an off-site neonatologist.
On Tuesday it was announced that the New Zealand Telehealth Forum has been established to promote the use of telehealth in healthcare delivery and is timed to maximize the benefits of the Government’s broadband program.
The National Health IT Board has funded the establishment of the Forum. Members of board include practicing clinicians, senior DHB managers, researchers and consumer representatives. The CEOs of the Health IT Cluster and TUANZ (representing health ICT suppliers and telecommunications users) are also on the Forum Board.
Over the next five years adoption of wireless healthcare sensors will lag behind uptake of consumer-driven sports, fitness and wellness devices according to ABI Research, a market intelligence company specializing in global connectivity and emerging technology.
The Autism Collaborative Center (ACC) at Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, Mich.) are now able to help people with autism living in rural areas thanks to a $500,000 state grant. The grant will allow the staff to use a live video stream to evaluate and treat clients.
Patients in rural, regional and outer metropolitan areas around Australia will benefit from an increase in telehealth services with greater access to Medicare funded medical specialist video consultations available starting July 1, 2011.
Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon said that under the Gillard Government’s A$620 million ($664 million) telehealth initiative, patients will be able to ‘see’ their specialist close to home without the time and expense of travelling to major cities.
With more than 5,700 telehealth systems in at least 1,175 communities across the country, Canada is a global leader in improving access to care by connecting patients and care providers in different, and frequently remote locations, according to a new national study released Monday, announced Dr. Jennifer Zelmer, Senior Vice-President, Clinical Adoption and Innovation, Canada Health Infoway.
United Telehealth Services (Nashville, Tennessee) Thursday announced its company’s launch providing telehealth programs for hospitals and physicians. Founded by Dr. Sami Ismail, Dr. John Wilters and Drew Nord, United Telehealth connects “Hub” hospital and specialists’ expertise to outlying “Spoke” hospitals, clinics and providers. Today, patients in remote or rural areas often unnecessarily travel long distances to seek consultations and opinions from physician specialists.
Cinterion (Munich, Germany), a global provider of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules and a Gemalto company, and TZ Medical (Portland, Ore.), a manufacturer of critical-care medical products, today announced Aera-CT, a lightweight and cost effective mHealth heart arrhythmia monitoring device. Equipped with the Cinterion MC75i module, the Aera-CT is expected to be commercially available in North America in Q3, 2011 followed by rolling launches throughout the world.