Abstracts: February 1st, 2010

This programme is now available to view on localgov.tv the online television channel for public service modernisation. It describes how The Scottish Centre for Telehealth is pioneering new communications technology to transform access to health and community care services.

In the interview, James Ferguson, clinical lead at the SCT, discusses how a nationwide hi-tech drive is enabling people to communicate with consultants remotely to prevent hospitalisation and support carbon reduction targets.

Scottish residents can now benefit from video-conferencing and photo assessments to streamline access to healthcare wherever they are located.

James Ferguson also explains how the barriers to adopting this technology are being overcome so that other trusts and local authorities can realise the substantial benefits.

GBTV is a dedicated web-cast television channel for governors of public bodies, council members and senior executives across all public sector organisations and is available free to an unlimited audience at anytime, at any location via the internet.

The programme can be viewed at www.localgov.tv