Telehealth – Bringing it home

Dr Ewen McPhee 1

President, Rural Doctors Association of Australia

Telehealth is seen as a solution to the delivery of care to rural and remote Australians. The implementation of a myriad of systems, processes and actions to deliver on a set of diverse outcomes has seen a rapid growth in innovation and ideas as to the scope of Telehealth enabled care. But does this enthusiasm for Telehealth translate to better outcomes? How does Telehealth and Telecare align with Patient Centred care? Can we build a virtual medical home that connects clinicians and empowers patients? The presentation reports on recent primary care policy measures in eHealth and Primary care and asks some key questions of the audience.