We provide critical care services for a number of peripheral hospitals situated around Northland.
At time this can be changeling to do over the telephone without the patient in front of us. We have utilized telemedicine for number of years to help us to provide the best clinical advice to our colleagues.
Rapid Information Telehealth Assessment (RITA)
This was introduce in 2018 and has now been rolled out to all the DHB peripheral sites. RITA uses the ZOOM platform with mobile carts which allow camera control. We are able to support our colleagues in our more remote sites as well as augment our clinical decision making with real time access to our patients.
Neonatal Examination and Management On-line (NEMO) was a telemedicine system which was developed in Australia to connect a tertiary centre in Brisbane to 4 neonatal units.
Whangarei ICU were the first to use this system in both the adult and paediatric population to guide clinical decision making around patient transfer. It connects Whangarei ICU with Katiaia Hospital
In November 2016 Dr Michael Kalkoff presented a paper detailing our experience at the 7th meeting of the Australian Telehealth Medicine Society, we received the award for ‘Best Paper’.