012: Telehealth- Delivering health care, regardless of location.

February 2, 2015



The Australasian Telehealth Society defines telehealth as "enabling health care services and related processes delivered over distance, using information and communication technologies. While the Australian Department of Health uses the International Organisation for Standardisation definition:‘use of telecommunication techniques for the purpose of providing telemedicine, medical education, and health education over a distance”.


It is against the backdrop of e-health and electronic patient care records that Craig speaks with Dr Laurie Wilson, formally of the CSIRO and University of Western Sydney. Dr Wilson and I explore what telehealth actually is, the growth and development of Telehealth in Australia and how his participatory design approach was used in a landmark virtual critical care telehealth project.

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About my guest:

Laurie Wilson received the PhD degree in Cosmic Ray Physics from the University of Sydney in 1973, and after working in Atmospheric Physics at the University of Oxford and a short Senior Tutorship at the University of Sydney, joined the Ultrasonics Laboratory of the Australian Department of Health, where he gained an international reputation for research in medical ultrasound. After this group transferred into CSIRO he broadened his interest to encompass a range of applications of medical technologies to healthcare.

He has taken leading role in several health-related projects in CSIRO, including image analysis and visualisation, telehealth and home telecare. He coordinated two broadband telehealth reearch projects in Sydney West and Tasmania respectively, which have influenced a number of subsequent telehealth initiatives in Australia. He also set up the ICT Centre's Human Factors group. Since retirement from full time work in April 2008 he has taken up a post-retirement fellowship. In 2008 he founded the Australasian Telehealth Society and is currently its Honorary Secretary.

(Laurie Wilson's bio is from CSIRO Staff Profiles website).



Episode Shownotes:



  • Australiasian Telehealth Society (Link) 

  • Telehealth: Beyond Video-Conferencing by Dr Laurie Wilson (Link to SlideShare presentation)

  • Australian Federal Governemnt funded Telehealth projects (Link)


Academic References (Selected publications)

  • Li, J. and Wilson, L. (2013), 'Telehealth trends and the challenge for infrastructure', Telemedicine and e-Health, vol 19, no 10 , pp 772 - 779. (Link)

  • Hansen, S., Wilson, L. and Robertson, T. (2013), 'Applying an integrated approach to the design, implementation and evaluation of a telemedicine system', Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth, vol 1, no 1 , pp 19 - 29. (Link)

  • Wilson, L., Stevenson, D. and Cregan, P. (2010), 'Telehealth on advanced networks', Telemedicine and e-Health, vol 16, no 1 , pp 69 - 79. (Link)

  • Wilson, L. (2008), 'Technologies for complex and critical care telemedicine', Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, vol 131 , pp 117 - 130. (Link)

  • Li J., Wilson L.S, Stapleton S, Cregan P. Design of an advanced telemedicine system for emergency care. Proceedings of the 18th Australasian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (OzCHI2006), ACM Press, Sydney, Australia, November 2006, pp. 413-416 (Link)


About the Podcast Host:

Craig, is a health and emergency service management specialist with more than 30 years experience in operational management, emergency planning, health service delivery and service redevelopment. More information can be found at www.cahooper.com 

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