The Telehealth Demonstration Project commenced in March 2013 as
a joint initiative of the Ministry of Business Innovation and
Employment, the National Health IT Board, and the Bay of Plenty
District Health Board. Its vision statement was:
"There will be a telehealth ecosystem throughout the Bay of
Plenty in which:
- every health facility, whether primary, secondary or allied
health, has video connectivity
- there are video consultation kiosks or similar facilities
for patients in most aged care facilities, school and, maraes,
staffed by professionals as appropriate
- all these can interconnect seamlessly with each other, and
- telehealth consultations are firmly embedded within the
day-to-day business environment throughout the sector, supported by
practical processes and workflows."
The first 18 months of the Project involved enabling video
connectivity at about 50 health-related sites in the Bay of Plenty
and, more recently, Tairawhiti. The sites were chosen carefully to
ensure they had clinical and management staff who were receptive to
change and could see the value telehealth could add to health
outcomes and efficient service delivery. They included primary
health practices, community hospitals, aged residential care,
palliative care and Maori health providers.
From September 2014 the Project has been given an extension for
6 months. The three original sponsors have been joined by
Tairawhiti District Health. The mission for this extension is to
identify the most effective services available over the existing
video network and ensure these are supported and bedded down in the
form of sustainable service models.
This map shows where the Project has installed video capability
as at September 2014.
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July 31, 2015