Friday 3rd June 2011
JODIE SAYS E-HEALTH IS FANTASTIC!
Jodie’s job is made more effective in several ways by the new technologies she has been using over the past 18 months.
‘We use teleconferencing to link in with Sydney Children’s Hospital. It’s fantastic. Here in Wagga we would have the child with parents, a dietician and me, consulting with an endocrinologist and maybe a CNE in Sydney. It’s like a face-to-face visit,’ she says.
Jodie says her patients are also able to use internet-based technology to download data from their insulin pumps and send them to her, saving what used to be a time consuming trip to town.
‘It also allows me to read the data, analyse it and make a plan before I ring them. It saves a lot of time.’
Jodie says community nurses in rural areas are benefiting in other ways from the new technologies.
‘I have a computer tablet with an internet stick. I can take pictures of a wound, for example, and then send it to a tertiary centre in the city to find out how to treat it.’
Jodie is convinced it will be even better with the broadband offered by the NBN and in particular will be a boon for isolated communities.
‘The greater the clarity of the images that can be transmitted, the better the diagnosis, especially with wound care,’ she says.
‘If you are living in an isolated community, like I used to, it can often take a day’s travelling each way to get treatment. People would have to take that time off work. You won’t have to do this with the videoconferencing.
It will greatly improve the service.’
The NSWNA Professional Day on 22 July will cover the burgeoning area of e-health. The Lamp previews some of the presentations that will explore this exciting field.