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ATHS - This Week in Telehealth number 37 - July 21st 2015
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Registration is now open for SFT-15 and the 6th Annual Meeting of the Australasian Telehealth Society!

SFT-15 is to be held from 12-13 November 2015 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Brisbane, Australia.

SFT provides an excellent program to learn from experts in the field.
The scientific program will be informative and interactive and will be accompanied by a trade show featuring the latest products and technology available in telehealth. The conference will also give delegates an opportunity to engage with the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Telehealth.

This year’s conference program will offer a diverse range of presentations in a variety of formats, including academic paper presentations, clinicians case studies, industry showcase, telehealth workshops, poster presentations and telehealth demonstrations.

Register before 30 September 2015 to take advantage of the early bird rates.

Click here to Register now!

SFT-15 Conference - Record Number of Abstracts Submitted This Year
 
SFT-15 in Brisbane 12-13 November is looking like the place to be this year to find out the latest in telehealth. A record number of 127 abstracts have been submitted to the conference, up on 72 from last year. These are evenly split between scientific papers and clinical papers, so will offer both recent research and practical clinical advice on starting and operating telehealth services. See more about the conference at: http://event.icebergevents.com.au/sft-2015
Cough Diagnosis App Developed in Australia
Is it possible to diagnose pneumonia, bronchitis and asthma from the sound of a cough? ResApp think so and have built an app for smartphones which contains an algorithm which they say will increase the power of diagnosis at a distance. Sounds like it could be useful for in-person consultations too. See at
: http://www.resapphealth.com.au
Article of the Week
Poulsen KA, et al "Satisfaction with rural rheumatology telemedicine service", International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases 2015, 18: 304-314. This is a study of patients seen at Mt Isa by telemedicine compared with patients who travelled to the nearest tertiary referral centre in Townsville. In a nutshell, patients were satisfied and preferred telemedicine to travelling. (I put this article in because it reminded me that our earliest tests of specialist physician telemedicine in South Australia were in the rheumatology area). The article is available from:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1756-185X.12491/epdf. This is a paid link but well worth the read.
Upcoming Events
The International Technology Enabled Care Conference organised by the Telecare Servisces Associattion wil be held on the 16th-17th November  2015 at the Celtic Manor Resort Hotel in South Wales (that's South Wales not New South Wales, but you’ll still have time to get there after SFT-15) You can see more by clicking this link .
ATHS Corporate Member update - ACRRM
Dr Scott McKenzie is a leading Queensland Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Cardiologist who also specialises in Telecardiology & General Medicine.

Through the effective utilisation of telehealth services he is able to provide 400 consultations to rural, regional and remote Australia  every year.

CheckUP, through the Outreach program, is responsible for ensuring that rural and remote communities have equitable access to health services including the types of specialist services that Dr McKenzie can provide.

Ann Maree Liddy, CheckUP CEO comments that, "We work with health professionals in urban, regional, rural and remote settings to improve a community's access to health services where there are gaps in existing service provision".

To read the full article, follow this link and to access the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine's (ACRRM) website, click here: https://www.acrrm.org.au/.

 
Rural Doctors Association Makes Statement About Telehealth
The Rural Doctors Association chief executive, Jenny Johnson made a statement about general practice and primary care services being delivered by telehealth to rural patients. She said “We need to be very careful that any of these telehealth initiatives actually support the general practitioners that are on the ground, rather than be seen as an actual substitute for those on-ground services”. This points out that those developing telehealth services need to think about the difference in models of care in primary vs specialist care.
You can read the full article from the ABC by clicking here.
New French Telemedicine News Site
Parlez-vous Francais? If oui, then you might like to subscribe to this new service at
http://www.telemedecine-360.com/. It offers both French and international news about telemedicine, in the language of international diplomacy, of course.
ATHS Corporate Member update - Health&
Health& has brought together a multi-disciplinary team of the very best medical, creative and digital minds to revolutionise the delivery of Australian health information online.

 The Health& Medical Advisory Board includes Professor Leon Piterman AM (Chair), Professor Henry Burger AO, Professor Ian Meredith AM, Professor John Murtagh AM, Professor Hatem Salem AM, Professor Geoffrey Driscoll OAM, Professor Geoffrey Metz AM, Associate Professor Alison Street AO and Professor Gab Kovacs AM.

 The team’s core mission is to facilitate engagement in happy and healthy lifestyles, promote preventative health measures, and support people living with chronic illnesses.

Health& has just launched a comprehensive new website containing written, animated and illustrated health resources designed to improve health literacy. The team is also building a dynamic digital health platform, which will help Australians to monitor and proactively manage their health affairs.

Collectively, they are empowering Australians to access the necessary information and tools to become experts in their own health.

Follow this link to access their website and find out more: https://healthand.com/au/

 
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