Australia’s vast distances, rugged terrain and highly urbanised population means many rural and regional communities are a long way from centralised health resources and specialist hospitals.

This has accelerated the development of Australia’s digital health industry. Advancements in mobile health (mHealth), telemedicine, telehealth, and remote patient monitoring (RPM) systems are enabling the decentralisation of health care.

Australia ranks second for global digital connectivity, behind only South Korea on the world stage. [6]

Australians are technology-savvy and are willing to adopt and buy new technologies, ensuring market connectivity. The average Australian household has 17 connected devices in 2018 - this is forecast to grow to 37 by 2022. [7]

Proven capability

Australia’s telemedicine market is moving towards integrated platforms and hardware-independent, vendor-neutral solutions.

The telemedicine market in Australia and New Zealand is expected to record an exceptional compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 44 per cent from 2015 to 2019. [8]

Recent examples of international partnerships include Ellume, an Australian digital diagnostics company, that has partnered with German-Dutch company QIAGEN to develop a new tuberculosis (TB) testing solution. Ellume’s detection technology is powered by a quantum dot nanoparticle, which integrates optics, electronics, biologics and software into an intuitive and high-performance digital platform.

Research collaboration in this space also includes a Japan-Australia partnership to solve common social challenges in aged care through creating and commercialising technologies. Bringing together Dimension Data Australia, its parent company Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), Deakin University and Western Sydney University, one area of focus is research and development into smart homes for the elderly and the disabled.

Examples of digital health applications in Australia include:

  • Attend Anywhere – a video consulting specialist providing remote consulting technology to allow patients to access healthcare providers
  • Patient Admission Prediction Tool – a patient flow application developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • University of Canberra – research on using mHealth applications to help empower people with type 2 diabetes
  • ePrescriptions such as SafeScript, that can reduce the risk of medical error, fraud, theft, overmedication and detect prescription drug abuse
  • The Emergency Telehealth Service run by the WA Country Health Service in Western Australia provides systems for sharing clinical information
  • VisionFLex – assisting remote diagnosis by providing crystal clear medical images, even in the most remote locations.
[6] Euromonitor Digital Consumer Index: Pinpointing the Most Promising Digital Opportunities
[7] Telsyte Australian IoT@Home Market Study 2018
[8] Frost and Sullivan 2015 GIL Australia