ATHS - This Week in Telehealth number 48 - May 11th 2016
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SFT-16 Call for Abstracts due 27th June 2016
Remember that this is the 4 conferences in one year! Successes and Failures in Telehealth 2016 joins Global Telehealth and two health informatics conferences in Auckland. This is great value because you can register once and attend any session.

A new keynote speaker has been announced, Prof Chris Bladen; he is one of the driving forces behind the Victorian Telestroke Program which is a whole of state initiative to bring the benefits of tertiary assessment and treatment of acute stroke to Victoria. This model is being watched with interest by other jurisdictions.

The conference runs 31st October to 3rd November. Preliminary information about days and dates can be found here
This year's conference will be a great place to showcase what you have to offer. There are four conferences running concurrently across six streams, over three days, so the exhibition hall will be a very busy place! HiNZ has booked out both floors of Auckland's largest convention centre and we are expecting over 1,000 delegates to attend.
The exhibition is 85% sold so there aren't many booths left. There are a couple of sponsorships still available. If you wish to maximise your brand awareness the delegate lanyard sponsorship or the delegate notepad sponsorship are two good options to consider.
Would you like HiNZ to reserve a booth for you before another company snaps them up? They are great value at only NZ$4,700 and come with two full delegate registrations.  The full list of prices/benefits are in the prospectus.
To reserve a space, simply email Kim about the sponsorship you are interested in and they will stamp your company name on it, before someone else snaps it up.

The Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) is pleased to invite you to participate in HIC 2016, Australia’s premier digital health, health informatics and e-health conference and expo. This 24th HIC will be held from 25 – 27 July 2016 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
With the primary theme of Digital Health Innovation for Consumers, Clinicians, Connectivity, Community the conference will highlight innovation and the digital transformation of the healthcare sector and the central role that information and health informatics brings in connecting the system, being smart with data, and enhancing practitioner and consumer experience in healthcare interactions.
The conference will provide a platform for leadership, knowledge exchange, and debate the current and future health system.
HIC 2016 provides the ideal professional and social environment for clinicians, researchers, health IT professionals, industry and consumers to integrate, educate and share their knowledge to drive innovative thinking, to enhance services and allow greater consumer involvement.
For further information on the program and to register please visit the conference website.

Report from ATC-16 Australian Telehealth Conference

This conference was held in Sydney on 28-29 April, and it was very interesting because the theme was the routine and large-scale implementation of telehealth – a topic close to my heart!

There were a lot of presentations with real-world examples of how health systems and services are changing at the coal face.

The slides from the presentations are available here

My pick? Have a look at the presentation by Susan Jury on video consultations at the Royal Childrens Hospital in Melbourne.

I haven’t seen a lot on the use of telehealth in urology, so here is a link to a recent conference in this area.

Avatars and Telehealth
Can replacing text alone with the use of an avatar improve automated coaching? This company which is associated with Flinders University is starting a trial for people with diabetes. Click here for more details.
Upcoming International Conference
Anyone heading to the UK for a change of scene this winter? Consider attending New routes to integrated care: the challenge of assistive technologies, telehealth and telecare. 21 June 2016 Manchester UK. View the details here.
Avizia, a global telehealth solution provider, hosts a monthly webinar to discuss pressing industry issues, opportunities, and success stories. Last month's webinar focused on the growing shortage of pediatric specialists around the world and how hospitals are using telehealth to reach patients and survive in today's highly competitive economy.
Guest panelist, Shawn Farrell, the former Director of Telehealth at Boston Children's Hospital discussed how telehealth can be used for pediatric urgent care, follow-up appointments, second opinions, and other clinical use cases. Shawn shared stories abouthow telehealth has saved lives and extended care to families in hard to reach locations, applauding the success of pediatric programs in Africa, India, Italy, Latin America, and the United States.

Watch the video here
Paul, David L., and Reuben R. McDaniel.
"Facilitating telemedicine project sustainability in medically underserved areas: a healthcare provider participant perspective."
BMC Health Services Research 16.1 (2016): 1.

There is more and more being published about sustainability and large-scale implementation, showing that the field is at last gaining maturity. This article looks at what is needed for health providers to continue participation in telehealth services; it is from the US but the results are very relevant to Australasia.
Download the article here
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