The new telehealth centre at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Queensland was officially opened today (November 14) by state minister for health Lawrence Springborg and minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy, senator Stephen Conroy.
The centre will make healthcare more accessible to Queenslanders living in regional and remote areas, with senator Conroy saying that the centre is a "glimpse into the future" of healthcare delivery across Australia.
"It is purpose-built for telehealth, allowing patients in regional and remote areas to have 'face-to face' consultations with specialists and clinicians, without having to travel hundreds of kilometres away from their local areas," said Mr Conroy.
"The facility is already delivering specialist services in the areas of cardiology, endocrinology, dermatology and geriatrics. And there are plans to extend these services into orthopaedics, infectious diseases, and oncology."
The telehealth centre is part of the multimillion dollar Princess Alexandra Hospital Online Outreach Service project (PAHOnline), funded by the federal and Queensland government through the Digital Regions Initiative program.
Mr Springborg commented: "Patient consultations, previously conducted by telephone, will now be provided via video conferencing. This makes enhanced treatment options, access to patient records and improved care coordination all possible."
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