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ATHS This Week in Telehealth Number 33, April 21st 2015
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SFT-15 Conference Abstract Submissions Open Now
This year's Successes and Failures in Telehealth Conference (SFT-15) is on 12-13 November 2015 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, and it is now open for abstracts.
We had great success last year offering two types of abstract, which were equally popular, so will be doing the same this year:
1. Scientific Papers
2. Case Studies and Clinical Reports
Abstracts close on 25 June, with notification to authors on 20 July 2015. Also note that earlybird registration will be available until 28 August 2015.
To submit your 300 word abstract click here.
What’s Happening in the US?
Quite a lot, actually. In some states, telemedicine is going ahead and in others there is a battle. Here are two examples:

Washington State Requires Insurance Payments for Telemedicine - A law has just been passed requiring insurance companies to pay providers for telemedicine service at comparable rates for in-person services. To read the full article click here.

Texas Medical Board Limits Telemedicine Practice - This is an interesting legal and political battle between a US-wide company that provides medical video consults for non-urgent primary care, and the local doctors in Texas. The Texas Medical Board has ruled that doctors must have a relationship with patients before they can diagnose or prescribe, and that this initial relationship cannot be established at a distance. More details can be found via this link.
Article of the Week
Caffery LJ and Smith AC 'Investigating the quality of video consultations performed using fourth generation (4G) mobile telecommunications.' Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, Published online 11 March 2015, doi:10.1177/1357633X15577311. Available from: http://jtt.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/03/11/1357633X15577311.full, however you will need a subscription to read the full article.
This piece concludes that 4G is of sufficient quality for clinical video consultations in Australia. I would add that many telehealth projects have found that that being able to use mobile telecommunications is crucial for rapid uptake, particularly for delivering services to the home.
Conferences
Australian Telehealth Conference
Coming up really soon; 23-24 April (this week in fact!) at the Swissotel in Sydney. This conference has a major focus on new business models for telehealth and highlights include Ron Gutman from the US who will be speaking about his company HealthTap which provides online medical and psychological consultations by video or text-based modalities.
You can access more information on the conference via this link.

Global Telehealth
Toronto, Canada, 29-30 May, with the theme of Serving the Underserved. The keynote speaker is Dr Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, Director of Knowledge, Ethics and Research from WHO.
To register, click here.
Staying Strong Telehealth Project Report
Staying Strong: a report from one of the NBN projects, which was about enhanced care for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. This shows the use of telehealth in providing cost-effective care for people with multiple chronic conditions.
You can read the report (pdf) via this link.
Naming Standard for Videoconferencing Endpoints
The Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO) in New Zealand has published a standard for naming videoconferencing endpoints for health sector users. It is part of an Interoperability Standard, and defines how display names and web addresses are constructed to support a shared directory. You can see more by clicking here.
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