Launch of a tele-examination pilot project for the elderly at Goodwin

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In an Australian first, Goodwin Aged Care Services and Next Practice Deakin (ACT) have teamed up to make medical and general examinations more accessible.

The program uses innovative technology that allows general practitioners to perform physical exams virtually, expanding the concept of telehealth to tele-exam.

The technology, developed by TytoCare, provides elderly caregivers with a comprehensive suite of tools that allow easy examination of the ears, nose, lungs, heart, throat, skin, abdomen and temperature , which is controlled and examined remotely by the general practitioner in real time.

By connecting to a smartphone or tablet, the clinician virtually controls device settings, and provides instructions to the caregiver or patient both verbally and visually, with on-screen illustrated instructions to help guide the patient. user as to where to place the device.

TytoCare promotional video shows how the system works

Next Practice Deakin’s Dr Paresh Dawda says this technology offers the possibility of a consultation that is as clinically sound and effective as it is face-to-face, but without having to be in one place.

“This is a great step forward in increasing the accessibility and responsiveness of health services for Australian older people,” says Dr Dawda. “Access to primary health services is a real problem for older people, especially for those who are not mobile and find it difficult to leave their homes.

“Home visits by GPs or visits to residential care facilities are sometimes limited, in part due to travel time, so providing care to those who need GP consultations the most is a real challenge. challenge for the industry. TytoCare goes a long way in solving this problem.

“I also think it can provide a more positive experience for patients by using the accessibility features of the technology, for example, people who are hard of hearing can read automatic captions on the screen,” says Dr Dawda.

“While tele-examination takes place in the hospital system and in rural areas, this program expands high quality virtual care services to become available to a much wider audience. “

“There are many other benefits to a system like this, for example, a resident could have a daughter in Sydney or overseas who would now be able to attend a date when she is not. could not have done it otherwise. “

“I truly believe that enhanced virtual care is the next complementary step to healthcare with significant benefits for our senior population.”

The three-month pilot project will engage with around 100 Goodwin residents and clients in two cohorts across the ACT. One device will work on-site at the Goodwin David Harper House residential care facility, and another device will be used by the Goodwin home care team, which will see enhanced virtual care happen in people’s homes.

Tamra MacLeod, executive director of clinical and health services at Goodwin, said Goodwin was very excited about the project, especially in this time of lockdown when minimizing the movement of people is so important.

“Tele-exams would greatly improve the safety of residents. This means that people can get the medical advice they need from the safety of their homes without having to be exposed to clinics. Said Ms. MacLeod.

“It also means that our residents and clients can get consultations earlier without having to wait for a doctor to visit the house, as it allows our caregivers to do the check themselves. “


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