Telehealth services use information and communications technologies to deliver health services and transmit health information over both long and short distances. It is about transmitting voice, data, images and information rather than moving care recipients, health professionals or educators. It encompasses diagnosis, treatment, preventive (educational) and curative aspects of healthcare services and typically involves care recipient(s), care providers or educators in the provision of these services directed to the care recipient.
Video-conferencing is one of the main ways in which Telehealth is improving access to healthcare services for patients who live in regional, rural and remote areas. Instead of having to travel to the nearest major city to see a specialist, an increasing number of patients are using video-conferencing. This facility might be offered by their local GP or another local healthcare venue.
*Depending on location of the patient, Medicare rebates may not be available for Telehealth consultations.
Links to more information:
Australian Government – Department of Health
Medicare - Video Consultations