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ATHS - This Week in Telehealth number 42 - November 20th 2015
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SFT-15 Conference Highlights

The SFT-15 Conference in Brisbane on the 12-13 November was a great success, with 199 delegates and the largest number of presenters and exhibitors yet. Everyone was talking about making telehealth a sustainable, normalised part of business-as-usual in health services delivery; this theme was carried through the keynotes, the concurrent presentations, and the networking in the breaks and around the exhibits.
The international keynote by Trish Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Care at Oxford, received a great deal of interest, especially her argument that randomised controlled trials are NOT the most appropriate way to research telehealth implementation. This telecast presentation is available to view here:
Two local keynotes were also about making telehealth usual business: Tori Wade spoke about a 3-stage model for sustainable telehealth and Len Grey described his research and service development in aged care. These webcasts will be available in the next newsletter.
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ATHS Elects New Executive Committee
At the AGM, held at the SFT conference on the 12th November, a new committee was elected: President – Jackie Plunkett, Vice President – Alan Taylor, Hon Secretary – Victoria Wade, and Hon Treasurer – Michelle McGuirk. This new executive will shortly co-opt additional committee members from the jurisdictions and other areas of representation.
We expressed our great appreciation to Anthony Smith, who has served two terms as President, and also for two very long-standing office bearers, Laurie Wilson and Colin Carati, both of whom have been with ATHS since its inception, as secretary and treasurer respectively, and deserve a well-earned break.

 

 

 
Reimbursable Telehealth Services Increase in the US

It is interesting to watch the expansion of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursable telehealth in the US. This link details new items for prolonged services (more than one hour), codes for end-stage renal disease to support dialysis services at a distance, and adding nurse anaesthetists to the eligible providers.
Article(s) of the Week

A special issue of the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare was commissioned by SFT-15 and contains selected articles from papers submitted to the conference. This was posted online last week and includes applications of telehealth covering ear health, dentistry, geriatrics, HIV prevention, speech pathology plus literature reviews on using mobile technology for adolescents with diabetes and on patient compliance in telehomecare.
See more here 


Also see new research published in the Medical Journal of Australia about rural tele-oncology, from Sabe Sabesan and his group in Queensland, showing that chemotherapy can be safely and effectively delivered in rural areas by local nurses together with specialist assistance at a distance. See more here:


 
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