ATHS - This Week in Telehealth #56 - Nov 18 2016
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SFT-16 Conference

The 2016 Successes and Failures in Telehealth Conference (SFT-16) was an outstanding success, held in conjunction with three similarly themed conferences in Auckland from 1-3 November. The SFT-16 conference, led by the University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health (COH) and the Australasian Telehealth Society (ATHS) also served as the 7th Annual Meeting of the ATHS – with the Annual General Meeting held with members and interested parties on Wednesday 2 November, 2016. Combined with the HiNZ, Global Telehealth and the NZ Nursing Informatics conferences, more than 1100 attended SkyCity, Auckland to hear more than 220 speakers from 14 countries. Keynote presentations, plenaries, panel discussions, concurrent sessions and poster presentations covered the wide world of telemedicine, eHealth and informatics.  

The SFT conference keynotes were very well received, and included Prof Chris Bladin (Victorian Stroke Telemedicine Program); Andrew Slater (National Telehealth Service); Prof Monrad Aas (Organisational challenges); Dr Ben Wheeler (Tele-diabetes); and Dr Ruth Large (the past and future of telehealth in NZ). A total of 100 abstracts were submitted and reviewed in the lead up to the SFT conference, with a very inspiring blend of academic research papers and clinical reports of telehealth demonstrating the increasing uptake of telehealth in the health sector. The SFT conference delivered 78 oral presentations, 15 posters, and a panel discussion on that debatable topic of: “Telehealth – are we there yet?"  
Selected papers were also published in a special issue of the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. A copy of the SFT-16 conference proceedings is also available online here: SFT-16 Conference Proceedings. We thank the SFT-16 conference organising committee for their efforts behind the scenes, our 35 international peer-reviewers, panel chairs and our exhibitors who supported the conference.

 Useful Links

Photos from the 2016 conferences are available online: 
2016 SFT-16 Conference Photos 
SFT-16 Conference Proceedings
JTT Special Issue: SFT-16 – selected papers
SFT-17 Date Claimer

Mark the date for the next SFT conference in your diary – it will be held in Brisbane on the 30-31 October 2017. Further information, including a call for abstracts, will be issued before Christmas this year. This conference will also serve as the 8th Annual Meeting of the Australasian Telehealth Society. Visit for more details. 
SFT-16 Best Paper Awards

Congratulations to the following people for winning awards in the SFT-16 Best Paper category, ranked according to originality, significance, technical quality, and relevance to the conference theme.   
  • Anthony Deacon and Sisira Edirippulige: Design of an RCT to compare the effectiveness of smartphone and paper-based delivery of a mixed methods intervention for adolescents with type 1 diabetes
  • Tal Shany, Michael Hession, David Pryce, Mary Roberts, Jim Basilakis and Nigel Lovell: A small-scale randomised controlled trial of home telemonitoring in patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Richard Scott and Maurice Mars: How Do You ‘Scale’ Telehealth?
  • Centaine Snoswell, Jennifer Whitty and Louisa Gordon: Teledermoscopy for skin cancer in Australia: is it cost-effective?
  • Anthony Maeder and Danielle Elmasri: Alcohol Usage Intervention based on a Conversational Agent
  • Kim Knight: Telehealth applications for chronic disease recovery and practitioner CPD training
  • Michael Kalkoff, Nigel Armfield, Katherine Perry, Sarah Clarke, Sarah Pickery and Roy Davidson: Telemedicine for acute care and transfer decision making: preliminary experiences in Northland, New Zealand
  • Monica Taylor, Liam Caffery, Anthony Smith and Karen Lucas: Substitution rates of video consultations for traditional consultations at a tertiary public hospital
The International Technology Enabled Care Conference 2016 promoted by the Telecommunications Services Association (TSA) was held in Birmingham, UK in October. The TSA is a membership organization for supplies of telecare services and equipment. In the UK, telecare covers alarm and monitoring services in the home, residential homes and National Health and social services provided by local councils. The theme was connected care, homes and communities. There were 55 exhibitors and about 20 presenters.
It was clear that the NHS digital health strategy is relying on assistive technologies to support the elderly, those with chronic disease, some out-patient services, and people living on their own. Whether or not technology can, by itself, meet these expectations remains to be seen. The 2015 Conference highlights and summary can be accessed here.
CeBIT Australia: Shaping the business technology landscape

CeBIT Australia is celebrating its 16th year in 2017. The event has truly cemented its position as the business technology event for the region, attracting thousands of technology professionals from Government, enterprise, SMEs and start-ups.
CeBIT is the focal point for the Asia Pacific business technology industry. Thousands of attendees will meet around 300 exhibiting organisations, learn from industry luminaries across the CeBIT conferences, a PitchFest and Showfloor Theatres, as well as numerous networking and social events. 
Key Features at CeBIT Australia 2017
  • International keynote speakers
  • Multiple conferences covering key topics such as big data & analytics through to IoT
  • Multi-zone trade exhibition, showcasing the best in business technology
  • Showfloor Theatres giving trade visitors practical take-away tips and advice 
  • StartUp exhibition zone, conference and PitchFest competition
  • High quality business networking events ranging from dinners to bike rides!
ATHS Members can register with the promotional code ATHS17, allowing a $100 discount off the CeBIT Australia 2017 Conference pass.

10% Off Registration for ATHS Members!

As a special offer for ATHS members, Clariden Global are offering a 10% discount on registration for the 2nd Digital Hospital of the Future (ANZ 2016) conference, to be held from 7-9 December 2016 at the InterContinental in Sydney.

As a follow-up to the immensely successful Digital Hospital of the Future Australia 2015, this year's conference theme is Improving Patient Care Delivery and Monitoring with Digital Technology Innovations and Transformation.

The conference is expected to attract around 200 senior healthcare professionals for an exchange of information and sharing of best practices in creating a digital healthcare system. The Hon. Jillian Skinner MP, NSW Minister for Health will also be joining the conference for the second year to deliver a visionary keynote address.

For more information about the conference, including speakers and agenda, visit the conference website here.

CLICK HERE to register NOW!


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