Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD)
For people with spinal fractures that require a Thoracic Lumbar
Sacral Orthotic, there is now a District wide development,
implementation and evaluation of a telehealth care model. This
involves a pre / post design evaluation of the model of care
implementation across Hunter New England Local Health District.
Surveys assessed staff educational outcomes, clinical data
identified patient outcome improvements and cost efficiencies.
As a result 81 patients were managed with average length of stay
reduced by five days, 24,324 kms of travel eliminated for patients
and families, significant increases in staff knowledge across
nine sites (P<0.05), 156 transfers and 405 bed days eliminated,
representing $1.2 million in efficiency savings. This model
streamlined patient journeys and reduced travel and transfers,
enabling rural clinicians to provide specialised care which
addressed inequality between rural and metropolitan services.