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A virtual clinic : telemetric assessment and monitoring for rural and remote areas

Meade, Brian and Dunbar, James 2004, A virtual clinic : telemetric assessment and monitoring for rural and remote areas, Rural and remote health, vol. 4, no. 296, pp. 1-6.

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Title A virtual clinic : telemetric assessment and monitoring for rural and remote areas
Author(s) Meade, Brian
Dunbar, James
Journal name Rural and remote health
Volume number 4
Issue number 296
Start page 1
End page 6
Publisher Australia Rural Health Education Network
Place of publication Deakin, A.C.T.
Publication date 2004-07-13
ISSN 1445-6354
Keyword(s) Australia
lay volunteers
remote patient monitoring
telemedicine
telemetry
Summary This article reports the establishment of a pilot ‘virtual clinic’ in a rural region of Victoria, Australia. Using low-cost videophones that work across ordinary phone lines, together with off-the-shelf (mostly automatic) clinical tools, local volunteers have been trained to mediate a virtual consultation between simulated patients and local GPs. This system has the potential to save long trips into town by such patients since the traditional ‘home visit’ is not feasible, as well as to provide regular home monitoring for those with chronic conditions. This in turn should impact favourably on ambulance deployment, sometimes enabling patients to avoid going to hospital or allowing them to come home sooner than otherwise would be the case, and generally to offer a sense of medical security to those living in isolated regions.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, BJ Meade, JA Dunbar
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002702

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