ATHS - TWIT 101 - Aug 20 2020
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This Week in Telehealth
This Week in Telehealth - Issue 101
Please take the ATHS  Survey: Telehealth Services during COVID-19.
The ATHS is conducting an online survey of the changes that have occurred to telehealth services. Completion of the survey will not take much time, and you can respond to whichever questions you consider appropriate. Your input will help the ATHS formulate policy and support for telehealth services.
This Participant Information Statement accessible through this link  PCIF-ATHS-Delphi Online Survery_V1-0.pdf tells you about this research project. It explains the processes involved when taking part. Knowing what is involved will help you decide if you want to take part in the research. Please read this information carefully. Ask questions about anything that you don’t understand or want to know more about.

The ATHS would greatly appreciate your collective response to these questions, and to facilitate this the link below provides access to a short online survey that we would  like you to complete as soon as you have time please.

Follow this link to the Survey:
Choosing the best healthcare app 
It seems that there is an app for anything and everything and healthcare is no different. With over 400,000 healthcare apps available to improve the quality of care and promote self-management behaviours in patients, how do you choose which one to use or recommend. Currently there is no universally agreed framework for assessing health-related apps, however there are some assessment frameworks around :eg.
  • Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS, developed by the Queensland University of Technology),
  • the Royal College of Physicians Checklist, and
  • ENLIGHT Evaluation Tool.
While these are a starting point they do not undertake critical analysis to fully assess both clinical (e.g. safety and efficacy) and technical (e.g. useability, cybersecurity, privacy) aspects of the app in question. There is also the issues of medical record keeping and duty of care that must be considered when apps are recommended. The waters get even muddier if an agency “prescribes” the use of an app and funds the patient’s subscription.
There is work currently being undertaken by a national mHealth Apps Project Reference Group, which is developing a high-level strategy to address this growing area of virtual care. The group has broad representation, including the Australian Digital Health Agency, the TGA, and the Australian Safety and Quality in Healthcare Commission. It is hoped that a draft national strategy of how Australia that will approach the issue of apps assessment and incorporation into clinical practice will be available by end 2020 (COVID-19 permitting).
See below for some more information and here. 
ATHS Membership  
Please Consider renewing your ATHS membership 
Please consider renewing your membership to remain a financial member of our society here.
Covid-19 has created a significant shift in the way the wider community views telehealth. As such, we need our members now more than ever.

A message from the Deputy Chief Medical Officer

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a significant impact on our health system. Australia’s health professionals are playing an important and positive role in our response As part of the COVID-19 response, the Australian Government introduced new temporary MBS telehealth items in a staged process commencing on 13 March 2020.

This was to ensure continued access to essential Medicare rebated consultation services. These items, and the requirements for their use, have been evolving as the situation itself has changed. This guide will provide you with the most commonly asked questions from health professionals, and responses from the Department. For more information go here 

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