013: Telehealth- The Vision, the benefits and the strategy.

February 16, 2015


In Part Two of my conversation with Dr Laurie Wilson from the Australasian Telehealth Society, we discuss issues surrounding the cross-over between technological and organisational change in healthcare. Laurie reflects upon the potential future of a healthcare system empowered by telehealth and the need for a national telehealth strategy.

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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:



  • ATHA         Australasian Tele Health Society (Link)

  • CSIRO       Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Link)

  • NeTHA       National E-Health Transition Authority (Link)




Telehealth studies/ projects discussed

  • 2013 Study Catherine Henderson, Martin Knapp, José-Luis Fernández, Jennifer Beecham, Shashivadan P Hirani, Martin Cartwright, Lorna Rixon, Michelle Beynon, Anne Rogers, Peter Bower, Helen Doll, Ray Fitzpatrick, Adam Steventon, Martin Bardsley, Jane Hendy, Stanton P Newman. Cost effectiveness of telehealth for patients with long term conditions (Whole Systems Demonstrator telehealth questionnaire study): nested economic evaluation in a pragmatic, cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ 2013;346:f1035 (Link )

  • 2012 Study: Adam Steventon, Martin Bardsley, John Billings, Jennifer Dixon, Helen Doll, Shashi Hirani, Martin Cartwright, Lorna Rixon, Martin Knapp, Catherine Henderson, Anne Rogers, Ray Fitzpatrick, Jane Hendy, Stanton Newman. Effect of telehealth on use of secondary care and mortality: findings from the Whole System Demonstrator cluster randomised trial. BMJ 2012;344:e3874 (Link)

  • Australian Federal Government funded Telehealth projects (Link)


Academic References

  • Laurence S. Wilson, Ph.D., Duncan R. Stevenson, M.Sc. and Patrick Cregan, M.D. Telehealth on Advanced Networks.  Telemedicine and e-Health. V16:1. pp 69-79 (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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