Better connectivity is transforming healthcare

Better connectivity is transforming healthcare

[Vision: View of Northern Hospital / people standing and shaking hands in a meeting room at Northern Hospital / people talking to each other / Noel Toal speaking in front of DPV presentation on television screen / man speaking in meeting room / health care professional gesturing to computer screen / people standing and listening during meeting]

[Text: Better connectivity is transforming healthcare for Victorians. We met medical innovators to discuss how better mobile will help them and their patients]

Stephen Joyce – General Manager of Operations, NORTH Link

Connecting machines via 5G is an infinitely more accurate and stable way of enabling that data to move in good ways.

[Vision: View of Northern Hospital health care workers in PPE talking to each other behind computer monitors / close-up view of health care worker in PPE / Northern hospital]

Noel Toal – Chief Information Officer, DPV Health

If someone’s wearing a device that’s glucose monitoring and if you could capture that sort of data, take it into your medical record system here to enrich the medical record system that you’ve got. So, you’re capturing a lot more information, and the more we could do that from assistive tech or remote monitoring, the better we can use that data to assist a client proactively.

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David Williamson – CEO, Melbourne Innovation Centre

The ability to if you have your elderly loved one to be wearing a wearable that has accelerometer technology so you can keep an eye on whether there’s any change in their gait around falls prevention and all of those types of applications.

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[Text: We’re working with five telcos to boost mobile at over 1,000 sites across Victoria]

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Professor Doug Crompton – Head of Neurology, Northern Health

There’s enormous benefits in people being able to have video EEG monitoring at home. It’s terribly important that people have got access to mobile connectivity.

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Josh Reich – Chief Technology Officer, Seer Medical

To stream high quality data from their homes is critical to taking people out of expensive hospital beds and bringing them into their comfort of their own homes.

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Dr Venki Balasubramanian – Anidra Founder and Executive Director

It’s a life-saving product capable of monitoring all the vital signs of the patients and raising the alarm when the patient’s condition deteriorates.

Everything depends on the connectivity of the device to cell network, so it is very important to have a high-profile network in all the areas so that this can be used to cater more effectively.

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Improved mobile connectivity is leading to innovative and important developments in medical technology.

Organisations like DPV Health and Seer Medical are reimagining how people receive monitoring, treatment and care.

Mobile connectivity, and 5G in particular, enables healthcare providers to monitor a patient and transmit data to their doctor in real time.

The Victorian Government is pleased to support important developments like this through Connecting Victoria, which is delivering more than 1,000 mobile infrastructure projects that will benefit people at home, at work, and when they’re out and about.

Residents, businesses and visitors will enjoy better mobile coverage across 23,500 square kilometres of Victoria. Some of these areas will see networks upgraded to 5G faster than planned.

At many sites, the telecommunications providers have agreed to share infrastructure, which will give more Victorians a choice of mobile provider and improve competition. More than 700 of the projects will be delivered in regional and rural locations.

Page last updated: 2 December 2022