Adoption of health tech: a view from OZ

A review of the barriers to the uptake of telehealth and telecare in Australia, despite proven benefit. According to Intel/GE Care Innovations Australia GM Dr. George Margelis, it boils down to culture and funding: doctors and hospitals are paid for individual consults, not paid for telehealth/telecare; and lack of an integrated approach or end-to-end solution. A community care operator warns of not being able to manage without technology. And researcher Dr. Stuart Smith of Neuroscience Research Australia wants it accessible, gamelike and off the shelf (a la the AT&T ForHealth in-store rumors) FBQs are everywhere, everywhere. What changes are needed to increase telecare uptake? (AgedCare Insite July/August)