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Telehealth service cuts costs for outback patients

Online medical consultations are providing better healthcare at a lower cost for diabetes patients in remote areas of Queensland, a James Cook University study has found.

Nisha Nangrani, a sixth-year medical student, analysed the health records of 330 patients who had used the Diabetes Telehealth service since it was launched in 2016.

The satellite link service is a joint initiative between the university and the state government’s health department. It allows patients in remote areas such as Burketown, more than 1,000 kilometres west of Townsville, to have regular medical consultations with specialists at Townsville Hospital.

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