The simple handheld device that's saving $22m a year

Big data. Teleconsultations. My Health Record. These technologies are going to transform general practice, allegedly.

But are we missing a trick when it comes to older technological ideas, such as point-of-care testing in primary care?

In 2008, the airline in the NT that transported path samples to labs closed down. So the NT Government and Flinders University in Adelaide started funding hand-held blood analysers for 80 remote primary care clinics.

The analysers perform tests for electrolytes, troponins, blood gases,