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There is a significant disparity in access to GPs across the Australian population. In 2014, the Bureau of Health Information reported our major cities utilised about 40% more GP services per capita than those in regional and remote areas, with roughly 36 million GP services being conducted in our cities compared to 2 million in regional and remote Australia. Mental health services are just as hard to access for regional, rural and remote dwellers - specifically, death by suicide is almost twice as likely in rural and remote areas due to lack of support services.
This article first appeared in DigitalHealthX and is re-posted here with approval.
Let me present to you the winner of the 2018 HIMSS Asia Pac innovation challenge: Coviu! We're so proud of this team accomplishment, and I'm excited to announce it to you here.
What is telehealth?
Recent trends in legislation show that the Australian government is starting to offer greater reimbursements for telehealth in rural areas. As a result, demand for telehealth services is increasing, offering a new income stream for GPs. Adopting this technology allows clinicians to fight off online competition and provide patients with continuity of care. However, it is only natural that you may have questions about how to effectively incorporate it into your practice.
As technology advances, it changes the way in which healthcare is provided to patients in Australia. One area of growth in Telehealth is physiotherapy, whereby patient care is becoming more accessible and effective than ever before.
It’s a story many healthcare providers are familiar with. The balancing act of completing paperwork, seeing patients and travelling for work, whilst still making time for personal obligations, can be utterly exhausting. But there is a solution.
Coviu prides itself on its ease of use, whereby its software works on even the most basic inbuilt webcams, speakers and microphones. Coviu is browser-based and therefore works on the majority of commonly owned devices such as laptops, desktops, iPhones or tablets. However, to improve the audiovisual quality of your calls, or if your device does not come with a camera, speaker, or microphone, or if you'd like to add a document or medical camera, additional hardware may be of use to you.
Almost half of all Australians will suffer from mental illness at some stage in their lives, yet many will refuse, or be unable to seek professional help due to social stigmas and a lack of access to services. Remote and regional dwellers are particularly affected, as geographical and social isolation can reduce the number of mental health services available.