ATHS “This Week in Telehealth” Number 1 – 19 April 2013
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SFT Conference open for abstracts
This year’s Successes and Failures in Telehealth conference (SFT-13) will be held in Brisbane on the 11-12 November. The call for abstracts has recently been announced and will be open until July 8th. This is for abstracts only; the full article is not required for the first deadline, which takes the heat off some of us! The conference will be hosted by the Centre for Online Health from The University of Queensland, and will also be the 4th Annual Meeting of the ATHS. See http://aths.org.au/
Many Telehealth support projects to wind up shortly
Last year, the federal government funded a number of telehealth support projects across Medicare Locals and professional bodies, such as the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Australian Practice Nurses Association and several others. Final reports for most of these are due on April 30th, with project activities set to cease between then and June 30th. If health care professionals want telehealth assistance and advice from any of these projects, they should ask soon. Further information: http://www.amlalliance.com.au/medicare-local-support/telehealth
Adelaide Unicare Telehealth Website
Adelaide Unicare e-Health operates a telehealth network from The University of Adelaide. See their website at http://www.e-unicare.com.au/evidence-for-telehealth/ for succinct information about the evidence in telehealth, and for a regular blog discussing particular aspects of telehealth; most recently telehealth and mental health. Other blog posts include “Indigenous communities and telehealth”, “Practical uses for telehealth in dermatology” and “How telehealth changes health care”. Available from: http://www.e-unicare.com.au/category/blog/
Home telehealth for tuberculosis
Vivid Solutions in New Zealand has announced a pilot to trial videophones in the home to meet the World Health Organisation requirement that sufferers of tuberculosis – a highly communicable disease – must be observed taking their medication. Vivid Solutions, a national provider of managed videoconferencing solutions, morphed out of the New Zealand Telepaediatric Service in 2008. Read more at http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/video-conferencing-helps-tuberculosis-patients.
See also http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0050155 for a recent article in PLoS ONE describing a service in Australia which has been conducting direct observation for tuberculosis using home videophones for 4 years. This indicates that a home telehealth approach for TB is clinically and cost-effective, plus being very acceptable for patients, home care nurses, and Chest Clinic specialists.