ATHS - This Week in Telehealth #52 - Aug 16 2016
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SFT-16  Conference News

Register for SFT-15 in Auckland from 1-3 November 2016, and you will automatically be registered for Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ 2016), Global Telehealth 2016 (GT 2016), and the New Zealand Nursing Informatics Conference (NZNIC-16). One registration gives you access to any session across all four conferences!

See the preliminary program for this unique confluence of conferences:
Article of the Week

Knight, Patricia, et al. "Positive clinical outcomes are synergistic with positive educational outcomes when using telehealth consulting in general practice: a mixed-methods study." Journal of Medical Internet Research 18.2 (2016).

This Australian mixed-methods study looked at synchronous video consultations in NSW between patients, accompanied by GP registrars or medical students, and specialists. Involvement in this process offered substantial educational opportunities to the primary care clinicians and students, and also enabled the patients to be more involved in professional education. This was something I have previously noted as a ‘side-benefit’ of telehealth and it is nice to see it documented in research.
Telehealth in Australia Snapshot
See the article here for brief summaries of several Australian telehealth developments, including home haemodialysis monitoring, child psychiatry clinics, pre-anaesthetic clinics, and retinal screening.
Telehealth and the Commonwealth Fund

The Commonwealth Fund is a US foundation that promotes health systems and services research to improve quality and accessibility, and often has news about telehealth. You can subscribe to their newsletter here.

See their recent featured article: "Mobile health apps present challenges for low-income patients."
Telehealth and Employer Health Plans
Here’s a recent report from the US: in the states where telehealth is legal, 90% of large employers are offering it as part of their health insurance package. This is up from 22% in 2014, indicating a very rapid move towards normalisation. Read the report here.
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