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A brand new weapon against Tasmania's biggest killer has been officially rolled out across the state - and patients won't have to leave home to use it.
The weapon in question is a digital cardiac rehabilitation service by health company Cardihab, which will announce a partnership today with the Tasmanian Department of Health and the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tasmania to provide the service in every public hospital in the state.
Cardihab CEO Helen Souris said rehabilitation programs were critical for people recovering from cardiac events and living with heart disease, but that many people living in regional and remote areas did not complete them because of the distance to travel to hospitals.
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"In Tasmania you have some of the highest rates of cardiovascular disease in the country," she said.
"And a lot of people live in regional areas.
"All the patients need is a smartphone and they can download the app, then the app prompts the patient each day on what they need to do and that all gets fed into a clinical portal that helps the doctor manage their patient's recovery plan."
She said the patients would be supported by weekly phone or video consultations from their clinician, allowing them to stay home if they chose.
Ms Souris said the system would still allow for face to face contact, but that it would ease the pressure on patients who would normally need to travel.
We're incredibly excited to make a big difference.
"There's absolutely a need for some face to face contact but it's not critical to the outcomes," she said.
"If the patient is regionally based they will not be disadvantaged if they go home and have it delivered through the app and through telehealth. We've had phenomenal feedback on it so far. "
Royal Flying Doctor Service Tasmania CEO John Kirwan said the service would reinforce RFDS' focus on evidence-based e-health.
"Cardihab will allow our staff to assist our clients in the most remote and rural areas by creating increased access and options for those who would ignore rehab due to barriers of time, cost and distance," he said.
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"It's mainly about an individual's quality of life when they undertake successful rehabilitation - the reduction in stress and fear of triggering another life-threatening event and the positive path back to good health."
According to research by the RFDS, making cardiac rehabilitation services available in the bush could prevent as many as 80 per cent of premature deaths from cardiac disease.
They said remote Australians were 1.6 times more likely to be hospitalised for coronary heart disease than people in major cities, and 1.3 times more likely to die.
The Cardihab care model was originally developed by the CSIRO, and made available on the market in 2018.
Ms Souris said Tasmania was the first state in the country to roll the system out statewide.
"We got started with the THS in the middle of February and then the RFDS in March, so it's pretty hot off the press," she said.
"We're incredibly excited to make a big difference."
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