Chair New Zealand Telehealth Leadership Group, New Zealand Telehealth Leadership Group, Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, NZ
Ruth is an Emergency Physician and Rural Hospitalist with an interest in Digital tools that enable patients to receive high quality healthcare close to home. She is the current Clinical Director of Information Services for Waikato DHB having been the Clinical Director of Thames Hospital for the 10 years previous. Ruth has been involved in Telehealth in New Zealand since 2007 and has been Chair of the New Zealand Telehealth Leadership Group for the past 3 years.
Is Telehealth Virtually Here? COVID-19 has challenged us to work differently and seen extra Ministry funding going into digital and data tools, in particular Telehealth. Does this mean that we should be embracing new ways of doing things? If this is to be the new normal what are the risks and benefits? How do we prepare our patients and ourselves for a new way of delivering healthcare? How do we keep ourselves and our patients safe whilst we do so? Ruth will give an overview of the current situation in regards to Telehealth in New Zealand with a snippet on what is happening internationally also. We will talk briefly about other digital developments and then particularly look at evidence around the benefits and risks of telehealth and what considerations we need to give to providing care remotely.
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