THE KEY HEALTHCARE SERVICES THAT WILL BENEFIT

Jodie Godrey, a CNS and Diabetes Educator at Wagga Community Health
Jodie Godrey, a CNS and Diabetes Educator at Wagga Community Health
  • The Electronic Medical Record (eMR), which tracks and details a patient’s care during time spent in hospital, will allow clinicians to access a patient’s records from any location, at any time, to make assessments and co-ordinate care.
  • Medical Imaging: the NBN will allow diagnostic images such as x-rays, magnetic resonance images, ultrasounds and CT scans to be captured, transmitted and stored digitally and be made available to clinicians no matter where they are located or where the test was conducted.
  • Community Health: a community health and outpatient care system will include electronic discharge summaries and health assessments, test results and medical images that can be delivered to remote community centres, mobile clinics and ultimately to patients’ homes.
  • Nurse Practitioners: the NBN will assist Nurse Practitioners with patient care, reporting and billing.
  • Improved recruitment and retention of the rural workforce: the NBN will help overcome some of the major obstacles to retaining rural staff such as the lack of training and education options and the ability to work more closely with peers.

 

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.’

Techno nursing

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.