Children’s Health Qld/Children’s Health Foundation
Start / End Date: 2016 to 2018
The Centre for Online Health will be working with Children’s Health Queensland, using telehealth to support after-hours consultations with the multi-disciplinary Haemophilia Treatment Centre Team.
We will be evaluating the satisfaction of clinicians and families with the use of video-conferencing for some appointments.
The goal is to create a more responsive and effective service, helping children and their families avoid emergency department presentations.
Many children with haemophilia and their families live some distance from centralised, specialist services.
Consultations over the telephone are already used to reduce the need to travel to appointments.
Using telehealth may offer additional benefits for specialists and patients. Video-conferencing enables real-time assessment of bleeds and limb function and may aid case-management and decision making.
Another key benefit is that telehealth can be done in the home, on the family computer with a Skype connection to the hospital team.
The project is funded by the Australian Haemophilia Centre Directors’ Organisation John Lloyd Clinical Excellence Fund.