Report released on study of telehealth services for aboriginal communities

The not-for-profit organisation Integrated Living has released a report “Staying Strong: Advanced Care for Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians”, based on a study of the use of telehealth technologies for managing chronic disease in Australian aboriginal communities, funded by the Australian Government’s NBN Telehealth Pilots Program. The report found, among other things, that:

The project demonstrated the ability of broadband and telehealth technology to deliver improved healthcare services.

The project evaluation identified a range of factors that would either support or inhibit the uptake of telehealth opportunities for the project participants.

Broadband technology improved social connectedness and built the capacity of participants to use the internet.

The remote telehealth monitoring model is estimated at 40% of the cost of a face-to-face service delivery model.

Read the full report here .