ATHS - This Week in Telehealth number 43 - December 8th 2015
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More Highlights from the SFT-15 Conference
In each of the next few issues we aim to feature a session from the Successes and Failures in Telehealth conference 2015 which were filmed and have been posted online.
This week we'd like to point you in the direction of the address by Mr Andrew Bryett of the Healthcare Innovation and Research Branch of the Queensland Department of Health. His topic is "Embedding Telehealth in Mainstream Service Delivery in Queensland".
You can access this video directly by clicking on this link - we hope you find it informative!

ATC-16 Conference: Call for Expressions of Interest
This conference, which is the telehealth conference convened by the Health Informatics Society of Australia each year, will be in Sydney on the 28-29 April. The theme is “Tear down the walls!”, ie how to build at scale and move telehealth from the margins to the mainstream. If you have a case study, a technology solution, or are passionate about large-scale adoption and are interested in presenting, please
follow this link to register your expression of interest.
Market Report: Telehealth to Take Centre Stage in Australia’s Healthcare System
Frost&Sullivan are a consulting firm who look at business growth and innovation. Telehealth is now getting a profile and some traction in this area. To find out what they have to say about the current situation click on this link.
Article(s) of the Week
Sabesan S and Kelly J. “Implementing telehealth as core business in health services.” The Medical Journal of Australia 201(5): 231-232.
Following on from our theme of normalizing telehealth, Sabe Sabesan who is very active in tele-oncology in Queensland, has recently published this opinion article in the MJA. You can acess the article via this link.

Garcia LR “A Comparison of telehealth programs between the USA and Brazil: a legal perspective” Smart Homecare Tech & Telehealth 30 November 2015. This is another article about broad scale implementation, focusing particularly on legal and reimbursement models and issues. Click here to read the comparison.
Tunstall Healthcare expands services in New Zealand
Our corporate partner, Tunstall Healthcare, is celebrating its move to larger premises in Tauranga, New Zealand so that it can offer better and wider services to the community. You can read more about it the move by following this link.
A Cookbook for Large Scale Implementation of Telehealth
This document comes out of a grant from the European Community’s health program, called ACT (Advancing Care Coordination and Telehealth Deployment). The aim of the project was to explore the organisational and structural processes needed for large scale implementation, and includes an evaluation framework and “engine”, ie a web platform for content management. It is interesting to see the theme of large scale business-as-usual telehealth cropping up everywhere now!

Click here to read the cookbook.
Update on Telehealth in the US: A balance between access and ethics?
Here’s a commentary piece from the US-based Modern Medicine Network that gives a useful overview on the rapidly changing landscape of telehealth in the United States. Access the article via this link.
ISfTeH  International Telemedicine and TeleHealth Conference
New ATHS vice-president, Alan Taylor, attended the ISfTeH 20th International Telemedicine and TeleHealth Conference in Rio de Janerio from the 27th to 30th October.  This huge event with more that 250 presentations from International, South Amercian and Brazilian speakers, demonstrated a high level of telehealth takeup, particularly in Brazil. Nevertheless the  ISfTeH president, Andy Fischer looked forward to the time when telehealth and eHealth would not be needed in the health vocabulary, and we could simply refer to "healthcare".
The Brazilian experience was particularly instructive because telehealth is used as a key tool in the delivery of universal health care, both in the cities and regional areas. Telehealth in Brazil supports professional development, education (through an online "open health university"), extensive provision of second opinions by specialists to primary health care centres and democratisation of health services. For more information on the conference you can access the rundown via this link or you can see some of the images from the conference on their facebook page (in Portuguese).
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