ATHS - This Week in Telehealth #87 - 14 June 2019
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This Week in Telehealth
Issue #87

Jamey Edwards on Telemedicine and Five Keys for Humanizing Healthcare

In this podcast, Jamey Edwards, the CEO and founder of Cloudbreak, a company delivering telemedicine solutions to hospitals across the US; talks about telemedicine 3.0 and humanizing healthcare.

Cloudbreak provides more than one million minutes of telemedicine consultation through over 75,000 encounters each month.

Jamey is very concerned about physician burnout and the clinicians working at the coal face of healthcare delivery. As a result, he is highly focused on improving the healthcare environment for the people that work in it.

Listen here. 
Strengthening GP services in remote regions
Most Australians would consider visiting a GP the first port of call for any medical enquiry; however, for those living in remote Australia, this can be a difficult task.
Telstra Health’s Virtual Doctor service can assist to address this inequity. This telehealth service connects patients with doctors over the phone or video, regardless of location.
Patients living in remote regions can simply call a doctor from the comfort of their own home - saving time and eliminating mobility constraints. 
The service is scalable so providers can deploy it according to their fluctuating level of need – from an after-hours gap service up to 24/7.
Doctors are able to provide a range of services to patients - including general medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, prescriptions and medical certificates, where assessed as appropriate by a HealthNow doctor - all via the Virtual Doctor service.
A trial of the Virtual Doctor service in regional WA has been a resounding success. Since its inception, the use of our telehealth service has helped to reduce the number of emergency department visits for non-acute treatment and increased patient medication compliance levels.
User feedback suggests that it is easing the physical and psychological burdens associated with travelling long distances to see a GP, or going without care.
The Virtual Doctor service aids health professionals in providing their patients with the reassurance that someone is always around to help, regardless of their location and circumstances.
To learn more about Telstra Health’s Virtual Doctor service, check out our case study.
What To Debate About? - How Can Technology Appear In The Future of Psychiatry?
Could a chatbot, an online community, or a telepsychiatry solution offer meaningful help for people who are fighting mental health issues?

Could virtual reality, artificial intelligence, or genetics appear as elements of assistance in the toolkit of medical professionals in the fields dealing with the human psyche?

While we agree that medical fields requiring the most empathy and human touch will most probably not be swept away by new innovations, we looked thoroughly at how technology will appear in the future of psychiatry. Perhaps even help heal the cursed prince from Beauty and the Beast?
Read the article from the The Medical Futurist here 

'Fondation Télémédecine' joins ISfTeH global network

'Fondation Télémédecine' (Telemedicine Foundation) is joining the ISfTeH network as an associate member. The Foundation enhances research and training, and supports innovation and telemedicine projects in France.
As an international observatory and living lab for ideas and projects, the Foundation federates the players of the sector, facilitates interaction and promotes good practice.
The association 'Agir pour la Télémédecine', at the origin of the Foundation, supports its activities by coordinating a national inter-university diploma in telemedicine and continuous training programs for health professionals.
The Telemedicine Foundation is hosted under the auspices of the Bordeaux University Foundation (FBU).

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