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ATHS - This Week in Telehealth no. 36 - July 2nd 2015
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SFT-15 is coming!

A reminder that our annual conference - Successes and Failures in Telehealth - is fast approaching. SFT-15 is our 6th conference and will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) on the 12th and 13th of November, 2015.

SFT-15 will attract around 200 professionals in the field, including academics, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, government representatives, policy advisers, managers and technicians. The conference 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.


More information on the conference can be found by clicking here.

National Telehealth Service Provider Announced for New Zealand
The health minister recently announced that Homecare Medical is the preferred provider for the new national telehealth service. Homecare Medical is a partnership between Pegasus Health and ProCare Health. Several disparate helplines and services will be integrated into one service. More information is available via this link.
New Zealand Telehealth Wound Care Showcase
A New Zealand product for telehealth wound assessment, Silhouetteâ„¢, is part of a telehealth showcase currently touring the United States. Patients with chronic wounds often find it difficult to access specialist expertise, and wound care is one of the success stories of telehealth. See more by clicking here.
 
Uber-Health vs Usual Doctor?
The debate about whether teleconsultations should be provided by the patient’s usual doctor or by a centralised direct-to-consumer call centre is ongoing. The American Academy of Paediatrics has weighed in by issuing a policy statement in support of teleconsultations in support of and integrated with the patient’s usual medical practice, saying that episodic care by “nonmedical home” providers can disrupt care, create redundancy and waste resources. I expect there will be more on this over time. You can read the policy statement via this link.
Tele-Rehabilitation Clinic Opens in Queensland
Australia’s first telerehabilitation clinic, which has indicated that it is one of the first in the world, has just opened at the University of Queensland. The clinic has been made possible in part by a philanthropic grant from the Bowness Family Foundation, and will work with people suffering physical disability, musculoskeletal pain, and speech and language disorders. Also, the clinic will involve the education of  health and rehabilitation science students by exposing them to the next generation of health care delivery.
Contact +617 3365 2232 or healthclinics@uq.edu.au for more information on the centre’s clinical services, or see more via
this link.
Articles of the Week
Yes I have two articles for this issue, both commentaries on where telehealth is heading.
Sabesan S and Kelly K. "Implementing telehealth as core business in health services." The Medical journal of Australia 202.5 (2015): 231-232. Good to see that Sabe Sabesan is promoting the uptake of telehealth in the MJA!
You can read the article via
this link.
Rana R, Hume M, Reilly J and Soar J. “wHealth – transforming telehealth services” arXiv preprint arXiv:1506.05543 (2015). A discussion from our colleagues at USQ about integrating a sensing framework with telehealth for elderly healthcare. To access the article, click here.
Upcoming Events
The International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth is holding a Workshop on Distance/Blended learning in Bangalore 26-30 October 2015. You can apply by clicking here.
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