GWN7 News story features ProEX: WA Health Minister Roger Cook announces the latest innovation in regional healthcare.
The WA Country Health Service (WACHS) Command Centre is the latest innovation in country healthcare, bringing together new and existing emergency and specialty services in a 24/7 ‘virtual’ clinical hub to support regional doctors and nurses in delivering quality care.
Cutting edge technology, like the ProEX Telehealth Hub, ensures that even the most remote communities have access to the best care available.
Health Minister, Roger Cook officially launched the Command Centre at a media event, highlighting the innovative approach the WA Country Health Service are taking in providing healthcare in our regional and remote communities.
“This represents a whole new way of providing healthcare for people in our country communities – whether you’re Barry in Kondinin or Mary in Roebourne – what this means is you can go to a clinic right across Western Australia and get access to some of the very best clinicians available to our health teams”, Minister Cook said.
The Minister further added that the exciting aspect of this work is that it has enabled 75 per cent of patients who use the Emergency Telehealth Service to be discharged from their local hospital without needing to be transferred elsewhere for treatment.
“This is terrific technology and it means in Western Australia we are leading the world when it comes to remote and regional healthcare, Minister Cook said.
“In Western Australia we have 2.5 million square kilometres of area where we are providing advanced healthcare. This is the biggest and most isolated single health authority jurisdiction in the world, so the way we deliver healthcare has to be unique.
“In order to provide healthcare right across this vast state, we have to be the very best and this is an exciting insight into the sort of technology that we have at hand,” the Minister added.
The WACHS Emergency Telehealth Service has conducted more than 90,000 consultations since inception in 2012. Around 75% of ETS patients are discharged from their local hospital without needing to be transferred elsewhere for treatment.
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