Telstra’s telehealth push

Australia's biggest telco launched a new business division, Telstra Health, announcing its expansion into GP telehealth services, through a joint venture with Swiss telemedicine company Medgate.

Telstra ReadyCare will help GPs and patients overcome the challenges of distance and availability, the company says, with a 24-hour video or phone telehealth service that will link doctors with patients.

Telstra says it will help address the estimated 2.2 million emergency department presentations each year that "could have been treated by a GP" and will facilitate advice, diagnosis,