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New Zealand Telehealth Forum

The New Zealand Telehealth Forum has been established to promote the use of telehealth, and maximise the benefits of the Government's broadband programme.

NZ Telehealth Forum logo. The National Health IT Board has funded the establishment of the Forum because it recognises telehealth is an important component of an integrated model of health care. See Terms of Reference.

Telehealth is the term for the use of information and communication technologies to deliver health care when patients and care providers are not in the same physical location. To be effective, telehealth relies on fast broadband internet services.

Telehealth enables health professionals to diagnose illnesses and provide treatment without being in the room with the patient. Health care-related education, research and evaluation can also take place remotely.

Telehealth has many benefits including: 

  • people can be seen by their health professional and care team without having to leave the area in which they live
  • people can better monitor and manage their health
  • lower health care costs
  • more flexibility for the health workforce.

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