ATHS This Week in Telehealth Number 35 June 9th 2015
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Write Your Abstract for SFT!
The Successes and Failures in Telehealth Conference (SFT-15); 12-13 November 2015; Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, abstracts close 25 June 2015, so now is the time to write. Remember that there are two options; 1. Scientific Papers 2. Case Studies and Clinical Reports. This is a good category to use to showcase your telehealth service. Last year we had about equal numbers of both types of papers. 
Click here for submission details. 
Selected abstracts will be chosen to be worked up into full papers which will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare.
ATHS Executive Committee to change at next AGM in November: Advance Notice
Three of the four members of the ATHS Executive Committee have indicated that they wish to step down at the next AGM; longstanding members Secretary Laurie Wilson and Treasurer Colin Carati have decided it is time for a change, and President Anthony Smith wishes to hand the baton on. Therefore there will be opportunities for others to take up these roles, and for a general renewal of the committee. We are giving this advance notice so that members who are interested can start thinking about putting themselves forward. 
Conference Report: National Rural Health Conference, Darwin
The problems of quality of broadband in the bush, and the need to bring up better infrastructure for telehealth was the most commented on recommendation from the conference. See the recommendation and comments here.
Article of the Week
Uscher-Pines L et al. Antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory infections in direct-to-consumer telemedicine visits. JAMA Internal Medicine May 2015 doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.2024. This article is interesting because it analysed telemedicine appointments for 1,700 patients who received treatment for respiratory infections between April 2012 and October 2013 by teleconsultation and compared them with 64,000 patients who were treated at a doctor's office for the same condition. We need more research into broad-scale telemedicine for common conditions, and it is good to see this is starting to occur.  You can get a pdf of the article by clicking here.
Send Items to the ISfTeH Newsletter
The Newsletter of the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth has a regular newsletter, which offers international exposure for your news or information. Send items to with the subject Newsletter. Closing date for next issue: 15 June.
Telehealth & Telecare Aware Newsletter
An article that has the ring of tough experience, about the lack of progress in telecare in the UK over the past 10 years, and what can be done about it. See article here.

Broadband for the Bush Forum 
This forum would be interested in ATHS members to sit on their Telehealth Panel.
It will be held in Darwin 15-16 July 2015
Register for the Forum here.

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