The Victorian Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips has unveiled a broadband communication funding package under moves to streamline healthcare for patients with cystic fibrosis.
The Regional Cystic Fibrosis e-Health and Tele-monitoring Programme is a new pilot project being funded by the Victorian Coalition Government’s Broadband Enabled Innovation Programme. This programme is being managed by Monash University.
This latest project, part of a US$18 million (AU$18 million) broadband funding package, helps monitor patients remotely at their homes – while delivering more services in an on-line environment.
Minister Rich-Phillips says the aim is to reduce specialist and hospital visits for those living with cystic fibrosis. This initiative leverages high-capacity broadband that is being rolled out across regional Victoria.
“The project will develop new technology to allow information, including care plans, radiology images and video-consultation, to be viewed by patients at home,” Minister Rich-Phillips says.
He adds that this initiative also create an on-line patient portal so patients can participate in their own treatment programmes.
Figures show that more than 2,800 people are living with cystic fibrosis in Australia, including more than 780 in Victoria.
The Victorian Coalition Government will monitor how this broadband project unfolds. Officials will decide if this model of care can be replicated for other diseases. Other project partners include the Monash Medical Centre, Royal Children’s Hospital, Alfred Health, Cystic Fibrosis Victoria, SmartHealth Solutions, Attend Anywhere and Riskman International.
E-health reforms are under spotlight at the annual FutureHealth Forum being held on Wednesday, 17 April, in Sydney.