ATHS - This Week in Telehealth number 46 - March 29th 2016
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SFT-16 Call for Abstracts
Don’t forget: this year SFT-16 is across the ditch in Auckland on 31 Oct – 3 Nov and is combining with 3 other conferences: Health Informatics NZ Conference, Global Telehealth, and the NZ Nursing Informatics Conference. So it will be really excellent! The call for abstracts to SFT-16 is now open; these are due on 27 June. This might seem like a long time away, but it will come around faster than you think, so jot down your first draft now! There are two types: Scientific Papers, or Clinical Case Studies and Reports. To find out more information, click here.
ATC-16 Australian Telehealth Conference
Sydney April 28-29 April. Breaking news: the NSW Health Minister, The Hon Jilllian Skinner MP, will be speaking. Other Keynote Speakers include Ass Prof Francesco Palucci, head of the Health Policy Program at Murdoch Uni, Prof Mohammed Khadra from Sydney University Medical School on scaling up telehealth, and Andrew Slater, CEO of Homecare Medical from NZ, on building a large-scale service. So go ahead and register here,
and we'll see you there.
International Event
eHealth 360 Summit 14-16 June 2016, Bucharest, Hungary – this is a unique event which gathers experiences and innovative ideas with the aim of coaching involved people on the whole path between research, innovation, and commercialization. It brings together researchers, vendors, mHealth and eHealth domain experts, clinicians and developers. You can find more information and registration details on their website, accessible here.
2015 Canadian Biennial Telehealth Report Released
This recently published report shows a 47.5% increase in clinical telehealth sessions in Canada since the previous report in 2013. See and obtain the full report by following this link.
Members, Tell us your story!


Dallas is 78 years of age and lives with her 80 year old husband. She has diabetes and heart failure, with hypertension, breathlessness, fatigue and blood sugar levels regularly being measured at over 10mmol/L.

Her specialist had told her at their last consultation that if her sugar levels did not reduce before her next visit, she would have to increase her insulin dosage to four times a day instead of three.

A telehealth solution was installed in Dallas’ home, including an RTX monitor, blood pressure monitor, pulse oximeter, thermometer, weight scales and blood glucometer.

Dallas was shown how to measure her vital signs using the RTX monitor and to answer a series of clinical questions to determine her current condition. Dallas’ vital signs are monitored daily by a clinician who works closely with her and her husband to encourage her to exercise and maintain a healthy diet.

You can read Dallas’ full story (pdf) by clicking on this link.
Is the Term Telehealth Becoming Redundant?
We don’t use the term “telebanking” because we now assume it is online; will telehealth become so routine that we will not need this term anymore? This topic was much discussed at the recent annual retreat of the Centre of Research Excellence in Telehealth. It seems the issue is in the air, because there is a video from the US on the same topic which you can watch via this link.
“Traditional Telehealth is Dead”
Natasha Egan in Technology Review says telehealth is dead, present equipment such as telehealth boxes should be put straight in the bin, as they will be replaced by wearables. I don’t agree with the premise (ed), because telehealth is a system, not a random bunch of gadgets, but you can read about it here.
Article of the Week
Here is an article about a multi-site study of telehealth consulting in rural NSW, which had a particular focus on the educational benefits of video consultations to rural healthcare professionals and students:
Knight, Patricia, et al. "Positive Clinical Outcomes Are Synergistic With Positive Educational Outcomes When Using Telehealth Consulting in General Practice: A Mixed-Methods Study." Journal of medical Internet research 18.2 (2016). The full article can be found by clicking on this link.
Members, tell us your story!

Vivid Solutions

Residents of the remote Chatham Islands who need urgent or specialist medical treatment are now getting help immediately without leaving home thanks to the installation of new telehealth video conferencing

In a complex undertaking, telehealth communications specialists Vivid Solutions successfully linked the Islands with medical staff at the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) who now regularly consult with patients via the secure, high definition satellite link.

With only one dedicated GP and a handful of nurses based in the Chatham’s, the state-of-the-art equipment enables specialists based in Christchurch to assess the patient and get treatment underway as soon as possible, saving time and money. In some cases, it can save the requirement for a retrieval service which can take 4 to 6 hours and cost between $13-$14,000.

Medical staff will also use the video conferencing technology to participate in planning meetings, training and education sessions with the Canterbury DHB.

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