What is the NBN?

iStock_000014659755MediumThe National Broadband Network (NBN) is a high-speed network designed to reach all Australian premises. Its supporters say it can be part of the solution to rising health care costs, by allowing Australians to access better quality care in the home.

Using NBN-assisted live video, health care professionals can:

  • Monitor a patient’s vital signs such as blood pressure and blood oxygen levels;
  • Manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis and asthma; and
  • Assess progression of conditions such as skin cancer and dementia.

The NBN also has the potential to help with the growing demand for aged care by:

  • Connecting elderly Australians with health professionals from their homes, using video;
  • Reducing social isolation through video connection with friends and family; and
  • Lengthening the time spent at home before going to an aged care facility.

The NBN will be capable of connecting all homes, hospitals, laboratories, GPs, super clinics, pharmacies, allied health clinics and specialists. This could make Australia’s health system more efficient and productive by:

  • Improving medical record management, access and security;
  • Reducing duplication of expensive and time consuming tests; and
  • Assisting in the continuing education of health care professionals.