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Healthcare a call away in remote rural areas

www.stuff.co.nz - 19/9/2014Lance Osullivan

A pilot healthcare project that uses digital devices to reach remote rural communities could be easily rolled out around the country, according to the man behind the initiative.

General practitioner and 2014 Kiwibank New Zealander of the year, Dr Lance O'Sullivan, gave a keynote address for Waikato University's Kingitanga Day and said the telemedicine project was just what the doctor ordered.

"This is a new model of care and we don't want to make any huge mistakes. We can afford to make small mistakes but I don't want to do anything that means a child or any of our people get's harmed by what we do."

The telemedicine project runs from his practice in the Far North town of Kaitaia to the tiny community at Te Hapua, 100 kilometres further north, where he provided devices to measure pulse rate, weight and temperature.

Data is sent to O'Sullivan and he showed photos to the packed-out Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber of visible sores of children treated using the remote consultation.

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