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ATHS - TWIT 100 - July 22 2020
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This Week in Telehealth
This Week in Telehealth - Issue 100
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. You should have received an email invitation requesting your participation. 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.

If you have not already undertaken the survey, you can respond to the original invitation (for which a separate reminder email will be sent soon) or follow the link below.

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:

https://qualtrics.flinders.edu.au/jfe/form/SV_6P5wXoixE7Xerf7
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.

McLeod Health Uses Pexip to Power its School-Based Telehealth Program

Founded over a century ago, McLeod Health is a healthcare system with approximately 750 physicians on its medical staff, 2,700 registered nurses, and more than 8,500 employees. McLeod Health has seven hospitals and includes 931 acute licensed beds across Northeastern South Carolina.
Using telehealth to care for school students
Many McLeod patients live in rural areas, with limited access to health care services. However, across the state of South Carolina, telehealth has been growing in popularity as a way to improve access to care by facilitating provider-patient visits over video. As part of this expansion, telehealth is also taking hold in schools, where students can connect virtually with providers during school hours to quickly get the care they need.

While some schools had pilot telehealth programs, many of the processes were still manual, such as faxing paperwork back and forth between the school and the provider’s office. This led to inefficiencies like missing information, slow communications, and added paperwork. In addition, video calls were limited to two participants (the student and the provider), leaving parents and guardians out of the loop.

McLeod Health led the way to implement a more modern school-based telehealth program using state-of-the-art technologies, which allows them to deliver virtual care fast and give time back to students and their families. Read more here 
 

Webinar: Telehealth Communities of Practice: Collaborating and sharing knowledge
Presented by:
Alice King
Alice is the regional Telehealth Program Manager for the Barwon South West region of Victoria. She also coordinates the Telehealth Victoria Community of Practice, with colleagues in Victoria.
 
In this forum we will discuss how telehealth communities of practice (COP) have been established, how they can work and the benefits of working as communities of experts. The forum will also explore potential interest in and opportunities to bring telehealth COPs together nationally.
 
Participants are encouraged to send their questions to enquiries@coh.uq.edu.au and the panel members will do their best to address these.
 
Panelists this month include:
Kim Ford, Assistant Director of Nursing, Telehealth Tasmania, Tasmanian Health Service
Alan Taylor, Vice-President, Australasian Telehealth Society
Professor Tim Shaw, Director of Research and Director of Digital Capacity, Digital Health CRC
Prof Anthony Smith, Director, Centre for Online Health, CHSR (Webinar Chairperson)
 
Date: Wednesday, 5 August 2020
Time 12:30pm – 1:00pm (Seminar Presentation)
1:00pm – 1:20pm (Panel Discussion)
Location Zoom Only (see details below)
 
Please note this meeting is a Zoom Only Webinar.
Connect using the following link: https://uqz.zoom.us/j/96263481752
Event link: https://coh.centre.uq.edu.au/event/session/600
Follow us on Twitter: @UQ_COH
The Future of Telehealth is looking bright in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
Adopting innovative technology acts as a driving force for clinicians to deliver quality healthcare and ensure patient safety. With the exponential rise in the use of technology in health services, the secure storage of data, information sharing and rapid analysis of patient records, health outcomes have significantly improved.

Telehealth is a lifesaving technology that assists the providers, medically trained staff and patients alike to improve accessibility and speed of diagnosis and support, which improves the overall patient’s quality of life. Particularly during the recent Covid-19 pandemic, these latest telehealth solutions are providing new opportunities to rapidly evolve from the traditional healthcare system due to the advancement in technologies. Devices like the ProEX Telehealth Hub are designed to fit a wide range of use cases and are already one step ahead in the game of new telehealth technology innovations.

With so many sectors such as aged care and the Royal Flying Doctors Service striving to provide timely healthcare, telehealth technology brings an immense advantage to those in need for fast access to a Healthcare Professional and/or a specialist. Watch the introduction video of our ProEX Telehealth Hub here and read our latest blog article “The future of Telehealth” which talks about how telehealth changes the approach to healthcare here.

Telehealth: A Pharmacist’s Role 

Eligible patients are now able to access medication reviews from a pharmacist via video or teleconference. Accredited pharmacists are also allowed to provide two additional follow-ups for Home Medicines Reviews (HMRs) and Residential Medication Management Reviews (RMMRs) with patients within nine months of the initial review. For pharmacists, it’s important to consider the following:
For more information visit here

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