News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Med tech coming into its own during Lockdowns

While COVID has helped virtual GP and specialists appointments to become more common, the technology has roots much further back than the pandemic.

The earliest versions were in response to a range of issues across the world, including the difficulties of providing health care to remote populations, and trying to streamline processes to reduce waiting times.

Hawke’s Bay specialist dermatologist Juber Hafiji used some of those “early clunky” versions while working in Cambridge, in the UK, more than 10 years ago. “Compared to back then today’s streamlined technology is fantastic – the reliability of the internet for most people and the clarity of the images makes this a very real option.”

By the end of last week, he had already held more than 50 virtual consultations during lockdown. “The feedback has been great. I’ve had all ages of people use it with varying levels of technological abilities and they have all found it very easy.”

Dr Hafiji had always intended to set up virtual consultation technology at his clinic but this latest COVID lockdown had brought the project forward. “We had a few days of set up and then we were ready to go.”

He says dermatology is ideally suited for the technology. “While for some conditions we will always need an in-person appointment, for things like growths on the skin, rashes, acne, hair loss, and for follow-up appointments it is perfectly suited.”

It will not only be useful during COVID-related lockdowns. “For people who live out of the region, or have trouble getting out of the house because of a disability or illness, or for people who would rather use the technology to save time away from work or family, it is really useful.”

Dr Hafiji expects the technology to become “much more normal”, especially now that it is so simple to use and specialist medical programmes provide the level of security required for the handling of personal information.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland