Tasmania is rapidly becoming recognised as an ideal testing environment for both research into and the development of innovative health-centric information management and communication technology solutions.This island is representative of the spectrum of health and socio-economic challenges facing contemporary Western societies looking to leverage proactive eHealth strategies and offers the opportunity to measure the benefits of regional and remote access to full broadband capabilities.
The mission of the eHealth Research Centre is to profile and promote the cutting edge eHealth, health informatics, m-health, health technology and related research occuring at UTAS, both within the university and beyond. At the same time we will aim to provide a contact point for UTAS researchers to help foster and support their eHealth-related research development and assist in positioning them for linkage to potential collaborations through networking communication and other activity
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Wider use of telehealth services and better coordination of health care might help to reduce carbon emissions related to healthcare, a recent study suggests.
Researchers from the University of Tasmania surveyed residents on King Island in Bass Strait in an attempt to establish the carbon emissions from their healthcare-related travel.
Isabelle Ellis, Professor of Nursing: Rural and Regional Practice Development, University of Tasmania, writes below that in one year, the islanders surveyed travelled more than 350,000 km for their health care generating more than 130 tonnes of carbon emissions.
These data only include the patient travelling and not their accompanying carers or support people; and only represent 40 per cent of the residents.
This is the equivalent in offsets of growing 20 trees for 30 years.
Professor Isabelle Ellis, Professor of Nursing: Rural and Regional Practice Development, UTAS Rural Clinical School recently formed part of a panel discussion on the impact that Telehealth technology is having in rural and remote Australia, what it means for the primary healthcare teams involved and the resources available that will help you get started.
View video or listen to this podcast via the Rural Educaton Foundation website.
Authorised by the Head of School, Nursing and Midwifery
12 December, 2013