Telehealth in lockdown meant 7 million fewer chances to transmit the coronavirus

Dr Centaine Snoswell

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Dr Centaine Snoswell

Research Fellow Health Economics, The University of Queensland

Prof Anthony Smith

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Prof Anthony Smith

Professor of Telehealth; and Director of the Centre for Online Health, The University of Queensland

A/Prof Liam Caffery

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A/Prof Liam Caffery

Telehealth and Director of Telehealth Technology, Centre for Online Health

The expansion of telehealth services was a deliberate strategy to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission between practitioners and patients, so is it working?

According to our analysis, the answer is that telehealth is indeed reducing the risk. Since March 2020, more than 7 million MBS-funded telehealth consultations have been reported, with the vast majority (91%) being done by telephone.

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Dr Centaine Snoswell

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Dr Centaine Snoswell

Research Fellow Health Economics, The University of Queensland

Prof Anthony Smith

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Prof Anthony Smith

Professor of Telehealth; and Director of the Centre for Online Health, The University of Queensland

A/Prof Liam Caffery

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A/Prof Liam Caffery

Telehealth and Director of Telehealth Technology, Centre for Online Health

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