An analysis of why telehealth systems in Australia have not always succeeded

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Abstract

Telehealth programmes are rather similar to humans in the way that they are planned, develop, grow and ultimately die; or disappear. To achieve good life expectancy for a telehealth programme there appear to be three major needs: nurturing, which includes the provision of money, ideas, education, training and innovation; experience, which involves an integrated management process, the achievement of long and wide patterns of usage, the development of updated policies and procedures and the involvement of multiple disciplines; success, which involves evidence of outcomes, evaluation and research, and, most important, the sharing of information through scientific and popular press publications, and conferences and collaborations with internal and external groups. The future of telehealth in Australia is at a watershed. There are now a substantial number of programmes, and there has been a large amount of financial and human investment in telehealth around the nation. There is, however, no forum for national leadership, no national association and little support at federal government level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-31
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Volume7
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Health Policy
  • Nursing(all)

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