ATHS - This Week in Telehealth number 44 - February 2nd 2016
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Welcome to 2016
Hello and welcome back or welcome to new members of ATHS. Tori Wade continues to edit this newsletter, so if you have some telehealth-related material you would like published in the TWIT, please send very brief (one or two paragraphs) content to

ATHS Committee Membership
Each year, the Executive Committee of ATHS co-opts additional members to ensure we have good representation across states and sectors. Prof Yogi Kanagasingam from WA, Ass/Prof Anthony Smith from UQ, Geraldine McDonald from VicHealth and Mike Harmon from Inline Systems have kindly agree to join the Committee.
ATC-16 Conference April 2016
The Health Informatics Society of Australia presents the Australian Telehealth Conference in Sydney on the 28-29 April at the Swissotel. The theme is “Tear down the walls!” – how to make telehealth scalable, routine and personalized. Only 50 early bird registrations are left.
Register and download the program here.
Med-e-Tel Conference
ISfTeH, the international telemedicine society, presents the Med-e-Tel conference in Luxembourg 6-8 April 2016. Members of ISfTeH, which includes everyone in ATHS, receive discounted registration. You can read more by
clicking here.
A word from our corporate member - Tunstall
Introducing the next generation Find-Me Tunstall Watch! A cellular personal emergency response system, panic alert, GPS tracker and fall detector all in one, the watch offers an unobtrusive duress alert device for those who may feel vulnerable in the community.

Ideal for older people, people living with dementia, those with disabilities or those just wanting immediate access to help, the Find-Me Tunstall Watch directly connects to Tunstall's 24/7 monitoring centre should help be required.

You can learn more by
clicking on this link.
SFT-16: Save the Date
The Australasian Telehealth Society and the Centre for Online Health annual conference Successes and Failures in Telehealth (SFT-16) will be in Auckland this year, held in conjunction with Global Telehealth and the Health Informatics New Zealand present. The conference will run from the 31st of October until the 4th of November at SKYCITY Auckland.
More information can be found at the HiNZ website, accessible via this link.
American Telemedicine Association
The ATA is conducting lobbying in the US as part of efforts to include remote patient monitoring as part of standard care for those with chronic conditions. This is an issue to keep an eye on for Australia and New Zealand.

To read more about their efforts, click on this link.
Article(s) of the Week
I have featured these two articles, not because the content is startling, but because when telehealth hits the editorial and commentary sections of mainstream journals, it is an indication that we are entering the phase of scale-up and routine care.

Kahn, Jeremy M. "Virtual visits—Confronting the challenges of telemedicine." N Engl J Med 372.18 (2015): 1684-85.
You can read this article via this link.

Asch, David A. "The hidden economics of telemedicine." Annals of internal medicine 163.10 (2015):801-802.
This article can be found here (subscribe to see the full article).
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