Telehealth is a broad term encompassing the use of communication and information technology to provide patient care – this includes synchronous communication by telephone, video conferencing and delayed care using asynchronous communication with store and forward and remote patient monitoring.

The College has developed a systematic approach to eHealth and telehealth education, promotion and clinician support. This includes defining the essential Digital Health knowledge and skills, which are included in the ACRRM Rural Generalist Curriculum.

The health status of rural and remote people lags behind that of metropolitan citizens; for example, in rural and remote areas, morbidity rates for cancer are higher and outcomes for mental health poorer. The dislocation from family and community in order to seek care delays recovery and has financial, social and emotional impacts that simply cannot be compensated for. Telehealth aids delivery of local access in a more timely manner, breaking down barriers to quality healthcare.

ACRRM President 2019-2020 Dr Ewen McPhee.