ATHS - This Week in Telehealth #53 - Sept 6 2016
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 SFT-16 News

With over 90 presentations from a diverse range of guest speakers, SFT-16 in Auckland (1-3 November) is set to be the biggest event of the year for telehealth professionals in Australasia. Register now to be part of our first conference in New Zealand, and participate in three other telehealth and health informatics conferences at the same time. The detailed program is available at:

The ATHS Annual General Meeting will also be held on Wednesday 2 November, from 7.15 to 8.45 am (breakfast supplied).

Hurry! EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION closes in 3 weeks on 23 September. ATHS members get a discount of $250!
Article of the Week

Lareen Newman, Niranjan Bidargaddi, Geoffrey Schrader. "Service providers’ experiences of using a telehealth network 12 months after digitisation of a large Australian rural mental health service" International Journal of Medical Informatics

This qualitative study of service providers looks at the uptake and challenges of a tele-mental health video network in South Australia, and it is interesting to see the importance of relative advantage, technical complexity and compatibility, policy support, and telehealth culture.
Did You Know?

Provider to patient telehealth is illegal in some parts of the world. This is the case in Arkansas, USA, where the rule is under review ( and in Brazil where provider-to-provider telehealth is encouraged but direct services to the patient are not; an informant tells us that this is to protect local health services, but more information is available here.
New ATHS National Telehealth Strategy Under Development
The Society is drafting an update to our national strategy for telehealth in Australia to take account of new directions in chronic disease management, mobile health and more. We will have a discussion session at SFT-16, but are happy to receive input from members and others who are interested before then. Please email any suggestions or feedback to
e-Book on Technologies and Applications for Assisted Living

This recently published book by Francisco Florez-Revuelta has a vast range of content covering smart homes, wearable sensors, algorithms, reasoning systems, person-environment interaction, data analytics, decision support gait and falls prevention, mobility and location assistance, health and wellness, and case studies. The digital version is available here.
Home Monitoring for Chronic Disease in Australia

CSIRO research detailing large savings on Medicare and hospital costs from home telehealth for chronic conditions was presented at the recent Chronic Disease Management Conference in Sydney. See the summary PowerPoint presentation here.

Or the full report is available here
Meet Lord Nigel Crisp at #HiNZ2016

In his HiNZ Conference keynote “Health leadership in the digital age”, Lord Crisp will discuss how leaders can understand and use the new environment and dynamics to improve the health and well-being of communities.

Lord Nigel Crisp is a member of the House of Lords where he co-chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health. He was Chief Executive of the NHS in England and Permanent Secretary of the UK Department of Health between 2000 and 2006.

Register now to hear Lord Nigel Crisp, and 19 other expert keynotes.

Hurry! EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION closes in 3 weeks on 23 September. ATHS members get a discount of $250!


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