Digital Futures, Sally, Greg Hunt discussed on Think: Digital Futures

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Provocative in terms of some of the issues in that relationship, whereas having a fun call with a friend or a you know, somebody is is. More allowed in doesn't provide the same reactions so and they may be able to go, and you know. What in the garden without notice store? United step outside, so there's there's an elemental. It could be unsafe that it also could be a lot safer. Clearly, there are many benefits to telehealth, and while there are some concerns around quality of care both Charlotte and Sally agree it should keep expanding and improving. We have to have to look at. These pandemic. Positives that might come out of it I think we have been wanting to say health. More accessible for patients and for clinicians for some time, so it's good to say that we've got that. I think it's really important that we stop and think about. How do we want to utilize telehealth as pot of our sustainable long-term healthcare system? And really making sure that we're basing that on the experiences in the views of patients because they're fundamentally if they don't want to use it if they don't WanNa engage with it then you know that it's it's sort of useless, but also that we're also considering the needs of clinicians clinicians of busy. They've got huge workloads. We need to make sure that the system works efficiently. But it's also evidenced by, and it's safe and secure, and it provides that continuity of care, but the technology for this has been around for a long time. What took it so long to develop? And why now there's a common refrain from health professionals. We needed a pandemic yes. This was not going to happen for at least ten to twenty years. If these hadn't happened, so says there was concerned from the government that costs could go out. If telehealth was more accessible to be like anything, you know even easier to do some people do more. That's what they fear is, and then we've got these sort of escalating access healthcare, which fine launch is not what we're saying. Happen at all and he's unrealistic cost, but from my perspective. We start to actually do this with with some of the other changes that really need to happen. We the whole model of k then I think that we're actually going to end up with a much more. Cost efficient by patient seen to muddled K that he's based in the long term. It's possibly true if you give people access to healthcare that going to use it, but when circumstances may tell the safest option for many vulnerable patients, the government was forced to expand the availability of telehealth. It's progress that wouldn't have happened. Otherwise. We think paying for more than ten years to get chilly hills. We wouldn't have gotten that. It wasn't Chakai that and the Minister Greg Hunt said that to set an our CJ people meeting just two weeks ago that he achieved in ten days what he had not expected to say for another pain used. In getting Kelly Hill through expanded telehealth is likely here to stay during the pandemic and beyond the convenience for clinicians and patients and expanded access for rural and disabled Australians. Benefits the government can no longer ignore. But Sally says we can't just rush headlong into telehealth expansion healthcare workers researches, and the government needs to make sure these changes work for everyone. It has been good to say that there has been any bracing telehealth and remotely delivered healthcare to patients during this period of time and I guess that's probably perhaps one of the positives to come out at these difficult period that we're all going through the moment and I think the challenged now, particularly looking for my research is. Stopping and reflecting and saying a cave, we know there are some really good things that have come out of this telehealth is one of them. But how do we Taylor and how do we make it sustainable? And how do we make sure that it remains evidence-based so that the healthcare that way delivering to patients? We have. We know that it's working? We know that we're not compromising their health through. Changing the delivery of that healthcare. Think digital futures is made possible with the support of. Radio and the University of Technology Sydney. Think digital futures is made in Sydney on Gaggle. Land of the ordination whose sovereignty was never seated. You can hear more of think. Digital Futures, Tusa Dot, com, or wherever you get your podcasts. I'm Kaitlin McHugh. Thanks for listening..

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