The ProEX Telehealth Hub was born in a van in Outback Queensland

Visionflex COO & Co-founder, Peter Shandley talks with Australia By Design host Terri Winter next to the Health-e-Piccaninnies Van

10 years ago, in 2009 Mike Harman travelled to the small community of Cherbourg in Queensland to deliver the first-generation predecessor to the ProEX: the Flexicam Mobile. It was installed into a van fitted with state-of-the-art digital ENT equipment.

The Health-e-Piccaninnies Van, as it’s known by the Cherbourg community, is an initiative backed by the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, the Cherbourg Aboriginal Community and the University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health. Cherbourg Health Worker Cecil Brown tours Queensland’s South Burnett in the van decorated in custom-painted Aboriginal artwork. Cecil is conducting life-changing ear health assessments for conditions such as Otitis media and eardrum perforation.

Otitis media (OM) or glue ear is a serious problem for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. More than 70 percent of kids in the region suffer from the condition which can lead to hearing loss that has a devastating effect on learning and development.

Visionflex is proud to have been involved with the Health-e-Piccaninnies Van since day one, providing ongoing support and periodic upgrades to their equipment through every iteration from Flexicam to ProEX.

“It all started a decade ago when we were providing cameras for ear examinations to health services in indigenous communities”, says Visionflex CEO Mike Harman.

“Outback nurses told us they would like to better connect with doctors and specialists for advice on a range of things like dermatology, dental, ECG and general examinations. Which led us to develop the ProEX.

“Now we have a device that can be operated remotely by nurses for more comprehensive examinations of patients by doctors using a range of probes and diagnostic devices above and beyond the usual face-to-face video consultations.

“We’re working with Government and Private Health, outreach services like the Royal Flying Doctor Service and community-run services like this hearing van to help doctors make daily decisions on urgent patient treatment.”

 

About Visionflex

Visionflex is an Australian company focussed on connecting patients to health services via telehealth with cutting edge technology for fast diagnosis.

The ProEX and ProEX Mobile provide a state-of-the-art solution to the problem of remote patient imaging & diagnosis.

We want to live in a world where everyone has access to high quality healthcare, no matter who you are or where you are in the world.

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About the Brisbane Royal Children’s Hospital

The Royal Children’s Hospital is the largest specialist children hospital in Queensland and is also a paediatric teaching hospital. RCH is a 168-bed facility providing health specialities to children, and young individuals aged 0-14 years old. The RCH provides it specialty paediatric services to children in Queensland, New South Wales, Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Japan. RCH’s aim is to provide services to the needs of children, young people, and their families in a family-oriented environment.

Visit the RCH website.

 

About the Queensland’s Centre for Online Health

The COH is world-renowned for its telehealth expertise. The Centre’s mission of telehealth research, teaching and education, consultancy and clinical service provision makes it unique amongst peer university centres. The COH is the host centre for the Centre for Research Excellence in Telehealth funded by the National Health Medical Research Council.

Visit the University of Queensland Centre for Online Health website.

Visionflex CEO & Co-founder, Mike Harman and Cherbourg Health Worker Cecil Brown in the Health-e-Piccaninnies Van with the second generation Flexicam Mobile.
Cherbourg community Nurse Albertha Johansson uses the ProEX with an Otoscope Probe to examine a child’s ear.
The ProEX Telehealth Hub and ProEX Mobile go way beyond video conferencing to provide a state-of-the-art solution to the problem of remote patient imaging & diagnosis.