Disparities in outcomes are experienced between people who live in rural and remote areas and those who live in larger cities. As an innovative means to both improve and further develop specialist service delivery for rural patients, BSWRICS supports the development of telehealth models to assist reduce the significant physical and financial burden for patient and families who have to travel for cancer care.
Benefits of Telemedicine
Some of the major benefits identified for introducing and ultimately expanding telemedicine in the Barwon South West region are:
- Increasing productivity through reduced time wasted during travel
- Extending the reach of cancer services to the region
- Increasing value to the consumer
- Taking experts via mobile technology to where they are needed.