Making the most of telehealth in COVID-19 responses, and beyond

6 Mar 2020

Amid so many questions and concerns about Australia’s response to the novel coronavirus, there is some good news: telehealth can help. This week the Australian Government started exploring ways to use telehealth during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Pulse IT magazine reports that the Federal Health Department is consulting with medical groups about developing a specific MBS item number for patients with COVID-19 symptoms.

We welcome this news: telehealth can slow transmission of the disease by keeping at risk people out of waiting rooms. It is therefore a critical component of the response from both the government and clinical community. 

Authors of the article include Dr Centaine SnoswellA/Prof Ateev MehrotraDr Emma Thomas, Dr K-lynn Smith, Dr Helen HaydonA/Prof Liam Caffery and Prof Anthony Smith.

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