We are based in the inner city but many of our patients live some distance from our consulting rooms. One of our programs seeks to find new ways to deliver care to our less mobile patients in the city and those patients in rural and remote locations.
In 2010 we started a program to monitor pacemakers and defibrillators from our patients’ homes to supplement visits made to clinics for routine and urgent device checks. We now have one of the largest programs of its type in Australia. The information these devices collect improve the quality of care and reduce the number of visits required. Modern defibrillators need even more sophisticated monitoring and having access to the information they collect helps us identify those at risk of inappropriate shocks and worsening heart failure.
We are exploring the role that telemedicine consultations may play into the future especially for our patients who live remotely.