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Title: Paediatric telecardiology services in Queensland: a review of three years' experience
Authors: Justo, Robert 
Smith AC
Williams, Michael
Van der Westhuyzen J
Murray J
Sciuto G
Wootton R
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: SAGE
Source: Justo, R., Smith, A. C., Williams, M., Van der Westhuyzen, J., Murray, J., Sciuto, G., & Wootton, R. (2004). Paediatric telecardiology services in Queensland: a review of three years’ experience. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 10 Suppl 1, 57–60.
Journal: Journal of telemedicine and telecare
Abstract: Videoconferencing at 384 kbit/s for the transmission of echocardiograms has proved useful for the assessment of children with suspected cardiac disease, in regional areas of Queensland. A retrospective review of patient and management outcomes was conducted on cardiac teleconsultations performed at two regional hospitals during the period November 2000 to February 2004, inclusive. There were 106 echo studies. A subset of 72 cardiac teleconsultations performed between May 2001 and February 2004 was reviewed in detail. The median age of patients at the time of consultation was 3 months (range 1 day-17 years). Sixteen per cent of teleconsultations were classified as urgent and were conducted on the same day as referral. Following the videoconference, 90% of patients could be managed locally and reviewed by the paediatrician or visiting paediatric cardiologist during an outreach clinic. Six children (8%) had significant cardiac lesions that were initially managed locally, with subsequent elective transfer at the appropriate time for treatment. Only one child (1%) required urgent transfer to the tertiary centre for specialist care and surgery. Telecardiology was effective in accurately identifying congenital heart disease. Paediatric telecardiology is an evolving modality of assessment and communication, and is likely to result in continued improvements in patient care, patient outcomes and parental satisfaction, in provincial centres removed from the tertiary cardiac centre.
DOI: 10.1258/1357633042614258
Keywords: Cardiology Service, Hospital/*organization & administration;Child Health Services/*organization & administration;Heart Defects, Congenital/*diagnosis;Remote Consultation/*methods;Adolescent;Child;Child, Preschool;Infant, Newborn;Queensland;Videoconferencing
Type: Article
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