ATHS This Week in Telehealth Number 21 - July 15, 2014
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SFT-14 News

If you have a great product that you want to promote, consider becoming a Sponsor or an Exhibitor at the SFT-14 conference, and get exposure to a large group of people who are clinicians, managers, academics and policy-makers in telehealth and e-health. All sponsors and exhibitors will have an opportunity to give a short presentation to the attendees early in the conference, to show your wares and encourage them to visit your exhibit.

Telehealth PhD Scholarships
The Telehealth Research and Innovation Laboratory (THRIL) at the University of Western Sydney is seeking applicants for PhD studies in these areas: smart homes, human-computer interaction in healthcare, mobile and web health applications, and digital medical imaging. No cheap THRILs here, but an opportunity for serious career development in telehealth. Applications close 30 September.  See at:
SFT-14 News
78 abstracts have been received, about half of which are focused on research into telehealth and the other half are practical reports about clinical telehealth services.
Authors will be notified of the results of the review process early next week, and then a draft program will be released before the end of the month. Registrations will open soon! There will be an Early Bird Discount so look for the announcement and get in quickly.


Veterans Health Adminstration:
the World’s Largest Telehealth Service

See this link for a report on what the VHA in the US is doing in telehealth:
 In 2013, over 600,000 veterans in the
US received some of their healthcare by telehealth, which is 11% of all veterans in their system.
144,520 veterans received telehealth to the home, which reduced
hospital admissions by 35%, hospital bed days by 59%, and made savings of $1,999 per annum per patient.
These figures are huge and show what can be done with a single,
vertically integrated payer and provider.
Something for Departments of Health in Australia to think about.

Public Awareness of Telehealth
Here’s a link to a useful infographic, showing that most of the general public in the UK have no idea about telehealth, telecare or m-health. I suspect the situation is much the same in Australia.

Macquarie University acquires Health Innovation Centre
This team of 75, forming the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, is relocating from the University of NSW to Macquarie University, which has identified health services research as a high priority.
The editor agrees that health services research needs a great deal more attention; bridging the gap between what we can do and what we actually do is perhaps the most important step in improving health outcomes.
Wearable Technology Comparisons

This blog from the New York Times compares all those wearable devices that track activity, sleep, pulse, and soon every other aspect of one’s life. So if you want to know the difference between a FitBit, Jawbone, Misfit or Vivofit, click here: As well as being useful for the fitness freaks and quantified self enthusiasts, these have a role in telehealth, from chronic disease management to palliative care.
News from one of our Corporate Members:

Informa has the following conferences coming up
and would like to offer ATHS members a 10% discount. 

4th Clinical Audit Improvement Conference 2014 
25 - 26 August 2014
Promotion Code = P14A32TELE

National Acquired Brain Injury Conference 
10-11 November 2014
Promotion Code = P14A34TELE
2nd Annual Integrating Mental Health into the National Disability Insurance Scheme
27 - 28 November 2014
Promotion Code = P14A40TELE
Health Information Management Association Conference
HIMAA is holding its 31st Annual Conference in Darwin from the 7th – 9th October 2014. This association has been operating (under a few previous names) since 1949 (!!!). The rest of us are newbies by comparison. This conference has the theme of Driving the Information Highway and will feature clinical coding workshops, plus research presentations on models of practice and systems development. For further details view here:
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