TeleMedic project was founded in 2010 by a group of medical Specialists and information technology experts who have a deep understanding and want to deliver telehealth.


Background

  • The purpose of project TeleMedic is to address the issue of access to medical Specialists.The issue is twofold. First part is limited access is available for the general population to the relatively few medical “Specialists” available for consultation. The second part of the issue is the efficiency in terms of time and cost for the Specialist to serve the general population.Compounding this dilemma is that some conditions require urgent medical attention. In some cases it is life threatening in nature or can have consequences that are life altering. Examples of this are stroke victims.
  • The Specialists in the various disciplines of primary healthcare generally are located in the capital cities.
  • The majority (80%) of the population lives within the metropolitan area of these cities.
  • Residents in the rural areas generally are disadvantaged by the distance and require them to travel to the capital cities if Specialist attention is required.
  • Residents that live outside the metropolitan areas have only their regional medical centres to attend to their medical needs. In general, regional medical centres do not have Specialist staff available.
  • In July 2011 the Australian department of Health and Ageing has provided a mechanism under the banner of “TeleHealth” for inclusion in its administration of the Medicare Benefits Schedule. Following are the new additions:

From 1 July 2011, 11 new MBS items will be available for specialist video consultations provided by specialists, consultant physicians and consultant psychiatrists. These new items allow a range of existing MBS attendance items to be provided via video conferencing.